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Report on Jesus' wife papyrus delayed

By T.K. Randall
January 12, 2013 · Comment icon 24 comments



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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. King’s 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."[!gad]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. King’s 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 artifact’s authenticity.


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Comment icon #15 Posted by Ben Masada 10 years ago
If some sects did not believe in marriage how did they manage to continue with no offspring? Or were all the children out of wedlock ? Does not make sense unless all the Essenes etc were just men in a men only group. 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 Imme... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by minera 10 years ago
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 of the Galile... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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. 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, wou... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Ben Masada 10 years ago
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 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. (Mar... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by docyabut2 10 years ago
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 of the Galile... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by Ben Masada 10 years ago
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 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry” (Gospel of Luke, Chapter 4, verses 1-2). 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 rat... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Mekelyn 9 years ago
"To call it controversial is putting it mildly: Harvard professor Karen L. King in September 2012 debuted an ancient papyrus now known as the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" at a conference in Rome. The papyrus makes an explicit reference to the woman's existence with the line, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...'" Now, extensive testing by professors from Columbia, Harvard, and MIT in the fields of electrical engineering, chemistry, and biology has found no indications that it is a modern forgery, per an article by King published today in the Harvard Theological Review." Link to the above Fox news artic... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by third_eye 9 years ago
Good share too ... thanks sadly its a bit late for the honeymoon ~
Comment icon #24 Posted by Ben Masada 8 years ago
Jesus was GOD in the flesh! why would he need a wife? LOL. 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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