Jesus’ Wife: Papyrus Points To Marriage To Disciple

    September 19, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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It has long been a topic of discussion and contention, and now, a papyrus seems to give some clues as to whether or not Jesus was married.

An early Christianity historian at Harvard Divinity School has translated a small scroll which reads in part, “Jesus said to them…’My wife…'” and “she will be able to be my disciple”. Karen King says the scroll was written in Coptic near the fourth century, but shouldn’t be taken as literal truth or proof that Jesus was married, since it was completed centuries after Jesus supposedly lived.

It is an exciting find, however, because no other document has ever alleged that Jesus took a wife, and Christians have long wondered if he was married or if he lived a life of celibacy.

“This fragment suggests that some early Christians had a tradition that Jesus was married,” King said. “There was, we already know, a controversy in the second century over whether Jesus was married, caught up with a debate about whether Christians should marry and have sex.”

King made the discovery in Rome, and says that although the papyrus is too fragile to do carbon dating on–too much of the ink would have to be removed–she will have it tested by spectroscopy, which will help her narrow down how old it actually is.

  • http://www.thewhyman.jesusanswers.com The Whyman

    I trust the eye-witness accounts in the Bible which have been tried and tested as authentic over this 4th century fraud.

    “… for the New Testament there are circa 24,000 manuscripts (about 7,000 in Greek and the rest in other languages). For the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” there is ONE fragment. Oh, but you will be told to not concern yourself with that, as that ONE fragment is thought to successfully discredit the 24,000.

    Also, why is it that for New Testaments the demand is that we must have the earliest possible ones. However, for anything that appears to contradict it one, two, three, four centuries from Jesus’ time is perfectly acceptable, the later the better.

    We are dealing with a substandard double standard.”


  • Larry Fyne

    Nothing surprising to me in this revelation. As time goes on it’ll become abundantly clear the whole collection of short stories collectively known as the bible will be solidly proven to be just that…short stories…and a load of crap that’s been peddled to weak & down-trodden people.

  • http://bensonsjewelers.com debbie

    Jesus was an example of the priesthood. He became everything as the high priest and profession of our faith. If that is true then why wouldn’t Jesus be married? All high priests were to be married.