Jesus Was Married – Gospel of Jesus’s Wife Papyrus Discovered

Harvard Professor Karen L King
Thur, Apr 10, 2014
Subject: Gospel of Jesus's Wife Papyrus Discovered–gospel-of-jesus-s-wife–isn-t-a-modern-forgery-135643305.html#

New findings suggest 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' isn't a modern forgery

Analysis finds papyrus is ancient, but some remain skeptical

Gospel of Jesus's Wife (Wikimedia Commons)

In 2012, the discovery of a tattered papyrus fragment rocked the
biblical studies community after some alleged its text proved that
Jesus was married.

Now tests show the fragment is not only likely legit — it's also

The controversial fragment known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife>"

dates to between the sixth and ninth centuries, and could possibly date
back as early as the second to fourth centuries, according to a newly
published study> in

the Harvard Theological Review.

The fragment, which contains the words, "Jesus said to them, my wife,"
first came to light several years ago. Harvard University Divinity
Professor Karen L. King, who announced the fragment's existence at a
conference in 2012, was quick to point out that the fragment does not
prove that Jesus had a wife.

"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," King said in a statement.

The document first came to King's attention in 2011. She had it
examined by Roger Bagnall>, director of the
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.
Bagnall's initial findings were that the fragment was ancient, which
lead to more testing.

From Harvard University:

Over the past two years, extensive testing of the papyrus and the
carbon ink, as well as analysis of the handwriting and grammar, all
indicate that the existing material fragment dates to between the sixth
and ninth centuries CE. None of the testing has produced any evidence
that the fragment is a modern fabrication or forgery.

Not everyone agrees that the document is legitimate. Brown University
professor Leo Depuydt wrote a rebuttal>to

the findings in which he calls out "gross grammatical errors." He said
the fragment is so clearly a phony that it "seems ripe for a Monty
Python sketch."

In an interview with the Boston Globe>,

King said, “I’m basically hoping that we can move past the issue of
forgery to questions about the significance of this fragment for the
history of Christianity, for thinking about questions like, ‘Why does
Jesus being married, or not, even matter? Why is it that people had
such an incredible reaction to this?’ "

The fragment measures 1.5 by 3 inches. Its author is unknown.

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4 Responses to “Jesus Was Married – Gospel of Jesus’s Wife Papyrus Discovered”


    • RJ says:

       Was Jesus a Rabbi?  What are the requirements, to hold this position?  After Jesus was crucified, followers and family of Jesus were chased to kill them too.  Do you remember the Olympic opening song in England just a few months ago?  Official records of the family of Jesus had to be destroyed, to save their lives.  With Joseph of Aramathea, Jesus traveled to many countries around the world.  In Russia, there are people who know Jesus had family.  In England, they continue to sing hymns about how Jesus used to walk the hills of many areas in England.  You can disbelieve any of this, all you want.  It’s true whether you choose to believe or not.  RJ Hender

      • louis says:

        jesus was even in india-egypt-greece-….in india he got so much learning,those 18 years which are absent….jesus passed to aquire pass to humanity…..we all jesus..but…we do not realize…we all children of the living father,all beings in this cosmos and the next too…’ irrelevant whether a rabbi-jew-nazzarene-indian-greek…….with respect…louis

  2. louis says:

    of course…..jesus might have been married,whats wrong with it?…….siddhartha the buddha was married also,many avatars (saviours),not in the christian sense,cause no one saves you..YOU have to walk the path…these awakened beings just shows us the way…..could be also possible that magdalene fled to france… many unresolved,I am not a believer of the christian church….nothing to do with jesus,jesus did not establish any entity (church),but an ancient teachings,there where many teachers like jesus (historical jesus)…not the remodled teachngs….summaryfrom jesus crypting teachings…(why do you wash the bowl from the outside only! do you not know that the inside of the bowl was also made by the same person!!!!!!!!) ….(it is good for the man to eat the lion,for the lion will still become a man,but it is a foul the the lion eat the man,but still the lion will become a man)…….when a disiple asked jesus “”when will the fathers kingdom come master??? jesus answered- the kingdoms father will not come ever nor will leave ever…the kingdom is all around you always….but you not see…….louis.

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