Skip to comments.A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife
Posted on 09/18/2012 2:35:59 PM PDT by Altariel
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: Jesus said to them, My wife ...
The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, she will be able to be my disciple.
The finding was made public in Rome on Tuesday at an international meeting of Coptic scholars by Karen L. King, a historian who has published several books about new Gospel discoveries and is the first woman to hold the nations oldest endowed chair, the Hollis professor of divinity.
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It is from 4th century, enough said.
“Frog snot” ping.
(sigh) Dan Brown redux.
The missing bits actually said “Take my wife, please.”
This is obviously a righteous justification for riots by all Christians world wide at American embassies... Well... Just saying folks.
Myself, I think Jesus was married for the simple reason that for Him not to have been married in His time would have been remarkable enough that one of the Apostles would have mentioned it. His having a wife would’ve rated a “Yeah, and..?” from the men of His time so it is not surprising that His marriage would not be mentioned.
Besides, His being married explains why He was always out with the guys.
Too much missing to even speculate believably. The Church is Christ’s bride, right?
It would have been unusual for an observant Jewish man of thirty or so to be unmarried in those times, though. Or, maybe I’m wrong. Any of our Beloved Elder Brethren care to comment?
I have long been convinced the wedding at Cana was in fact the marriage of Jesus.
“Or, maybe Im wrong. Any of our Beloved Elder Brethren care to comment?”
It’s Rosh Hasshana (sp?), I think. Missing all my usual Jewish Freepers.
A wife??? The libs say Jesus was gay!
Not saying you are wrong, but knowing he would be put to death I think he would have been awfully reluctant to put a wife through that ordeal.
Joshua was a common name
Karen L. King is a member of the ‘Jesus Seminar’, which denies the divinity of Christ.
Also unusual to heal the sick, walk on wate, raise the dead and forgive sins.
Woman has an agenda, look at her books:
“Her books include The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; What Is Gnosticism?; Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels); and Revelation of the Unknowable God. Other publications include Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism (ed.) and Women and Goddess Traditions in Antiquity and Today (ed.). Her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of normativity (orthodoxy and heresy), gender studies, and religion and violence.”
So what . . . say that this is true, the Bible said it clearly . . .
“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife” (Revelation 21:9)
When Jesus speaks of his wife, surely it is the church, His bride, that He is referring to.
So sure, someone found a papyrus scrap that says something contrary to the Received Word of God. We will stick with the Word that has been passed down and protected, not some scrap from some heretical writing that has long been discarded.
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