1,300-year-old scrap of papyrus unveils the unbelievable tale of Jesus’s wife
In latest Atlantic article
It says that, a 1,300-year-old scrap of papyrus that bore the phrase “Jesus said to them, My wife.” The fragment, written in the ancient language of Coptic, had set off shock waves when an eminent Harvard historian of early Christianity, Karen L. King, presented it in September 2012 at a conference in Rome.
Never before had an ancient manuscript alluded to Jesus’s being married. The papyrus’s lines were incomplete, but they seemed to describe a dialogue between Jesus and the apostles over whether his “wife”—possibly Mary Magdalene—was “worthy” of discipleship. Its main point, King argued, was that “women who are wives and mothers can be Jesus’s disciples.” She thought the passage likely figured into ancient debates over whether “marriage or celibacy [was] the ideal mode of Christian life” and, ultimately, whether a person could be both sexual and holy.
“The papyrus should be dated between 650 CE and 870 CE, and the ink is consistent with the ancient materials used on ancient manuscripts. The handwriting analysis—put in typically reserved scholarly language—did not turn up anything suspicious.
This information would do a great deal of damage to their convictions of female inferiority in relation to the male. As well, it would cast dispersions on a great deal in the bible that supports Jesus as a loner who merely found it in his heart to save a whore from being stoned.
Republicans would fall over in shock without the bible to rely upon, extolling their superiority over women and giving them the right to take rights and dignity of choice from women.
The Gnostic book The Gospel of Philip, written in the third century, describes Mary Magdelene as Jesus’ “close friend” and mentions several kisses between the two. Considering the apocryphal nature of the book and the fact that kissing was a traditional Christian greeting, this tells us exactly nothing.
Some of the most recent claims of Jesus’ marriage are found in The DaVinci Code, a novel written in 2003 and made into a movie in 2006. Just as the movie Thor takes old mythology, twists it around, and spins an entertaining story, so author Dan Brown took speculations from Gnostic and other unscriptural sources and gave Jesus an alternate history. Unfortunately, many people today are more likely to learn theology from movies than they are from the Bible.
Marriage is biblical, so Jesus could have married without sinning. But the fact is He did not marry. The Bible is marked by a conspicuous absence of any hint that Jesus was married. His mother, step-father, half-brothers, and half-sisters are mentioned, but no wife. There was no wife on the occasions He returned home, no wife when He traveled throughout Israel, and no wife when He was crucified.
The belief that Jesus was married is a Gnostic teaching. Gnostics believe that the physical is evil and the spiritual is good. This false idea leads to a great deal of misinformation about the nature of Jesus—mainly that He isn’t God. Some of the Gnostic claims concerning Jesus’ marital status are farfetched to the point of absurdity. However, the effect those claims have on the credulous is quite serious. Many people are confused about who Jesus is. The truth is something only God can reveal