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September 19th, 2012

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 11:25 am
Tip from [personal profile] herlander_refugee: "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" should stir thought, scholar says

They've got a bit of text in which Jesus refers to his wife:
The fragment, which measures 8 cm by 4 cm (3.1 by 1.6 inches) includes words in ancient Coptic in which a scribe writes: "Jesus said to them, my wife ...".

Another section of the fragment, contains the phrase "she will be able to be my disciple"
So far, so good. However, Karen King, Professor at Harvard Divinity School, doesn't want us to rush to any conclusions:
"I want to be very clear that this fragment does not give us any evidence that Jesus was married, or not married," she said in the interview during a break in the congress.
Fascinatingly, she also said, "this is the first unequivocal statement we have that claims Jesus had a wife," but apparently that claim is not "evidence" in her mind. Because if it were "evidence," then all those churches would be wrong, and we wouldn't want to say that. At least, not in public.

Head, meet desk.