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Vatican claims 'Jesus wife' parchment is fake

Posted on Monday, 1 October, 2012 | Comment icon 158 comments

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The recently revealed papyrus fragment referencing the wife of Jesus is said to be a 'clumsy forgery'.

The 4th century parchment has been the topic of heated debate amongst religious scholars and historians since it was unveiled last month. The ancient writing appears to make clear references to Jesus having a wife and that she would be one of his disciples. "Substantial reasons would lead one to conclude that the papyrus is indeed a clumsy forgery," said Vatican newspaper editor Gian Maria Vian. "In any case, it's a fake."

The Vatican wasn't the only source of doubt over the discovery either, academics and historians have also expressed reservations over the parchment's authenticity. "It's really pretty unlikely that it's authentic," said Professor Francis Watson of the University of Durham. "There is a market for fake antiquities throughout the Middle East ... I would guess that in this case the motivation might have been a financial one."

"An ancient papyrus fragment which a Harvard scholar says contains the first recorded mention that Jesus may have had a wife is a fake, the Vatican said on Friday."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #149 Posted by Lava_Lady on 2 October, 2012, 9:50
I don't give a hoot what the Vatican says. they have too much to say as it is.
Comment icon #150 Posted by Lava_Lady on 2 October, 2012, 9:53
Comment icon #151 Posted by Littlehawk on 2 October, 2012, 12:24
.....This actually FUELED debate? Who knew this would happen when they first read about the discovery? *raises hand*
Comment icon #152 Posted by moosehead on 2 October, 2012, 12:39
There are many gods that came before him and all their stories are alike.
Comment icon #153 Posted by New World Within on 2 October, 2012, 15:08
This cannot be!! :'O
Comment icon #154 Posted by Tommy K on 4 October, 2012, 19:51
If you want a religion that was similar to Christianity then have a read about Mithra/Mithraism.
Comment icon #155 Posted by questionmark on 5 October, 2012, 12:55
Not quite similar as all cult members were male and most military. But yes, there are several things from the Mithraism that Christianism adopted one to one, the Eucharisty is just one example.
Comment icon #156 Posted by Kittenmaia on 14 October, 2012, 11:52
Why is it STILL a surprise that he was married? He was a Jew and part of their religion is marriage.
Comment icon #157 Posted by Pinguin on 14 November, 2012, 8:29
For some reason, when I first heard of such document claiming that Jesus had a wife, I knew that the Vatican was going to say that it was a fake document or something to that manner. Now, do I believe that Jesus had a wife? Well it's possible but it still wouldn't change how I see the world.
Comment icon #158 Posted by woopypooky on 25 November, 2012, 14:03
Vatican will cease to exist if Jesus was fake.

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