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Jesus' wife parchment is not a fake

Posted on Friday, 11 April, 2014 | Comment icon 67 comments

Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'. Image Credit: Leonardo da Vinci
A fragment of papyrus with writing that references the wife of Jesus is believed to be genuine.
Written in Coptic, the parchment was discovered by Professor Karen King and appears to make a reference to "my wife" in words attributed to Jesus himself.

Now following an extensive series of laboratory testing the fragment has been declared genuine with no signs of forgery. The news has generated much controversy amongst religious scholars who had previously declared the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" a fake due to its questionably bad grammar, spelling and handwriting.

"The main topic of the fragment is to affirm that women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus - a topic that was hotly debated in early Christianity as celibate virginity increasingly became highly valued," said King.

"This gospel fragment provides a reason to reconsider what we thought we knew by asking what the role claims of Jesus's marital status played historically in early Christian controversies over marriage, celibacy, and family."

Source: Independent | Comments (67)

Tags: Jesus, Wife, Papyrus

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #58 Posted by aka CAT on 23 November, 2014, 4:28
What ignorance distorts: Catholics refer to the bride of Christ, the Church, all of the time. She is identified with the Blessed Virgin Mary aka Queen of Heaven, since Jesus, to the disciple John, said, "Behold your mother," e.g. follows: [/font] That did not mean that Jesus and John were actual brothers any more than Jesus' relating to others as siblings was literal. Whereas Christ's devotion was to Our Father, His duty was to the children of God as entrusted to the doctors of the Church. So consuming is the Savior's responsibility to the family of God that neither J... [More]
Comment icon #59 Posted by No-thingBornPassion on 29 November, 2014, 6:28
Comment icon #60 Posted by No-thingBornPassion on 29 November, 2014, 6:41
That's one version to the Jesus story, but tell that to the Marcionite Christians. .
Comment icon #61 Posted by White Crane Feather on 29 November, 2014, 6:56
I'd like to read those books PA, would you mind siteing them?
Comment icon #62 Posted by Paranoid Android on 29 November, 2014, 13:50
Will do. I've got a friend staying at our place and he's asleep in the spare room at the moment (the spare room also doubles as the house library) so I can't check on the titles. And I no longer own the secular text I referred to (I don't know what happened to it, I can only assume it got lost during the last house move) so I'll have to give you a raincheck on that one, but the other text is, to my knowledge, accurate on the details of the early church. But I can't recall the name of the book, so once again, that leaves me to tomorrow when my friend is awake and not go... [More]
Comment icon #63 Posted by Paranoid Android on 30 November, 2014, 8:39
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Birth-Church-Constantine-Ad30-312-Monarch/dp/1854246585/ref=cm_lmf_tit_1/279-3615675-5906609 Hey WCF, the link above is to the book that you wanted information on
Comment icon #64 Posted by CocoOutsideCremeFilled on 28 December, 2014, 20:35
What if Jesus did have a wife, what if he wasn't born of a virgin but instead to a scared middle eastern teenager who feared the ramifications of letting the community know she had been deflowered, what if he was placed on that cross, died, and never did walk the earth again? Would any of those things have changed the impact he had on his fellow man or made his ministry any less inspiring? People fall in love and get married, the threat of death tend to make people lie, and body doubles are a common thing in this day and age; so why wouldn't the powers that be have been able to find a ... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by Leonardo on 28 December, 2014, 21:04
Is it better to live your life believing a comfortable lie, or knowing an uncomfortable truth?
Comment icon #66 Posted by No-thingBornPassion on 28 December, 2014, 22:58

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