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Report on Jesus' wife papyrus delayed

Posted on Saturday, 12 January, 2013 | Comment icon 24 comments | News tip by: docyabut2

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The article was expected to detail the discovery of a 4th century parchment which references Jesus' wife.

The controversial discovery was made by Professor Karen King who announced in September that dialogue written in Coptic on the parchment seemed to include a reference by Jesus which translates to "my wife". The delay in the publication of an article set to detail a full analysis of the parchment has cast new doubts on its authenticity.

"Publication of Prof. Kingís paper has been delayed, so that the results of the testing may be incorporated," said Kathryn Dodgson, director of communications for Harvard Divinity School. So far the discovery has been met with significant criticism with even the Vatican declaring it a fake. "There are thousands of scraps of papyrus where you find crazy things," said Coptic linguist Wolf-Peter Funk. "It can be anything."

"A long-awaited article on a Coptic papyrus fragment believed to reference the wife of Jesus has been left out of the Harvard Theological Review, furthering doubts about the artifactís authenticity."

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Comment icon #15 Posted by Ben Masada on 8 March, 2013, 21:26
According to Flavius Josephus, a famous Jewish Historian of the First Century in his book "Antiquities of the Jews" only a very small and marginal faction of the Essenes would not marry. They lived in monastery-like caves and had no outdoor life. The greater part of the Essenes would marry just like any other Jew and would interact publicly with the larger community. John the Immerser aka John Baptist was of the kind to interact with the Jews in general. And so was Jesus. Hence what Jesus underwent under John Baptist at the Jordan River was his mikveh prior to his wedding in Cana ... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by minera on 8 March, 2013, 22:04
Actually I believe that the Church distorted many of the facts or just left them out entirely to suit themselves. A Rabbi being married is more capable of counseling on marriage and family than a priest who has never married and knows nothing of marriage.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Br Cornelius on 8 March, 2013, 22:05
Almost inconceivable that he wasn't married. Mary Magdaline was the girl. All rabbi/holy men were married before they conducted their ministry - and so it should be. Br Cornelius
Comment icon #18 Posted by Ben Masada on 9 March, 2013, 21:51
That stands the reason and does sound quite obvious. It is true today and I believe, much more in the First Century. What I do not understand is why hide that from Jesus' records when being a married man would only enhance toward his credibility. IMO, the Church was afraid to have to drop the claim that he was God or son of God. That BTW, would not be a bad idea considering that it smells too mythological to be Jewish. It only shows how Hellenistic Christianity is. Ben
Comment icon #19 Posted by Ben Masada on 9 March, 2013, 22:07
And she was the "beloved disciple" Jesus referred to on the cross when he entrusted his mother to her implying that they should take care of each other. John, whom the Church interpolated to misguide the future readers into believing that he was the one, it becomes a contradiction for three reasons: First, because when Jesus was arrested in the Gethsemane ALL the disciples got scared, deserted Jesus and ran away. (Mark 14:50) Second, it was a Roman policy not to allow any of the disciples of a crucified even approach the site of crucifixion. And third, it would have been against J... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by docyabut2 on 10 March, 2013, 0:49
According to Cayce , Jopseh and Mary were of the Essenes that did marry,but Jesus was a monk of the Essenes that did not marry. Ever wonder why Jesus was hanging out in the mountains caves so much
Comment icon #21 Posted by Ben Masada on 11 March, 2013, 20:02
Do you know why the first three gospels did not report about Jesus in Cana at his wedding? Because he was in the desert for 40 days fasting rather than feasting. And do you know why the fourth gospel did not report about Jesus' fast in the desert for 40 days? Because he was getting married in Cana changing water into wine and not stone into bread. Funny isn't it? I am serious though. The text in the first three gospel are unanimous by saying that immediately as Jesus came out of the waters in the Jordan, he was taken by the Spirit into to desert where he fast for 40 days; but accord... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Mekelyn on 10 April, 2014, 19:43
"T Link to the above Fox news article: Link to Boston Globe article: Just thought I'd Share
Comment icon #23 Posted by third_eye on 10 April, 2014, 20:16
Good share too ... thanks sadly its a bit late for the honeymoon ~
Comment icon #24 Posted by Ben Masada on 9 October, 2014, 19:12
How sure are you that Jesus was God in the flesh? Did you know that he was a Jewish man whose Faith was Judaism? There is no such a thing in Judaism as a man-god.The idea is akin more to Greek Mythology. You know the myth of the demigod which is the son of a god with an earthly woman. The problem therefore is with the Christian blunder to have picked up a Jewish man to teach that myth. (Acts 9:20) A Greek would have avoided many a problem.

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