A report that looked into a miracle Jesus performed over 2,000 years ago was recently retracted from a medical journal.

Virology Journal had published the article written by Chinese researchers who detailed a case of a woman with a high fever whom Jesus healed. The study’s authors speculated that the woman may have had influenza.1

A few weeks after the article was published, it drew ridicule from the blogosphere, and Virology Journal retracted it with an apology.

Since modern science and technology are commonly employed to conduct research on past events, why did this particular article create such an uproar? Simply put, to borrow from the world of criminal investigation, there wasn’t a “body.” A columnist for LiveScience wrote:

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