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The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus (Married!)
Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 9-18-2012 | Ariel Sabar

Posted on 09/19/2012 6:49:40 PM PDT by Renfield

Harvard researcher Karen King today unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” The text also mentions “Mary,” arguably a reference to Mary Magdalene. The announcement at an academic conference in Rome is sure to send shock waves through the Christian world. The Smithsonian Channel will premiere a special documentary about the discovery on September 30 at 8 p.m. ET. And Smithsonian magazine reporter Ariel Sabar has been covering the story behind the scenes for weeks, tracing King’s steps from when a suspicious e-mail hit her in-box to the nerve-racking moment when she thought the entire presentation would fall apart. Read our exclusive coverage below....

(Excerpt) Read more at smithsonianmag.com ...


TOPICS: History; Religion
KEYWORDS: epigraphyandlanguage; faithandphilosophy; godsgravesglyphs; gospelofjesuswife; gospelofjohn; hewasarabbi; hoax; jamescameron; jamesossuary; jesus; jesustomb; johnchapter2; karenking; letshavejerusalem; losttombofjesus; magdalene; mariame; mariamne; marriage; marriageatcana; marymagdalene; rabbismarry; sectarianturmoil; simchajacobovici; talpiot; talpiottomb; weddingatcana
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1 posted on 09/19/2012 6:49:47 PM PDT by Renfield
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The announcement at an academic conference in Rome is sure to send shock waves through the Christian world.

We who believe that Jesus is the risen Messiah ... collectively yawn.

2 posted on 09/19/2012 6:54:14 PM PDT by dartuser ("If you are ... what you were ... then you're not.")
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To: Renfield

yawn. This kind of nonsense, Dan Brown redux, tries to rear its head in “scholarship” all the time.


3 posted on 09/19/2012 6:55:39 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Renfield

Pfffft.

It’s already being discredited as a fraud, not that I needed any “expert” to tell me this.


4 posted on 09/19/2012 6:57:07 PM PDT by Shelayne (Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!)
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To: Renfield

It is a lie that Jesus was married. Many breakaway group believed all kinds of things about Jesus and God. The fact that someone wrote one of these false ideas down 400 years after Jesus doesn’t make it true.

Most importantly - the Catholic Church completely rejects the notion He was married therefore it is false.


5 posted on 09/19/2012 6:57:32 PM PDT by impimp
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6 posted on 09/19/2012 6:59:02 PM PDT by KC_Lion ( Wherever I find myself standing, I forever stand with Israel.)
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To: Renfield
So will the researcher next week find a copy of Dan Browns book and insist it is real?

Sounds like she found an ancient “Dan Brown” like papyrus.

7 posted on 09/19/2012 7:00:04 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: Renfield

Well, have they seen “The Last Temptation of Christ”. There’s some proof!


8 posted on 09/19/2012 7:00:55 PM PDT by donna (Chick-news: They report on what they love (Obama and movie stars and themselves).)
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To: Renfield

I don’t believe this version is going to sell.


9 posted on 09/19/2012 7:02:47 PM PDT by stevem
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To: SoFloFreeper
If you read church history, this story was probably 1900 years old....nothing new under the sun. Its news only to those that need grants to show us how ignorant they are...Gossip and lies didn't start with this idiots birth, been around for hundreds of years. There are some that say Jesus was homosexual because he had only men in his inner circle....gee, what was the Jewish culture 2000 years ago. It surely wasn't like it is today...I have watched programs on Christianity on TV and have come to the conclusion that those in charge of the religious teaching are all atheists...
10 posted on 09/19/2012 7:03:12 PM PDT by goat granny
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in order to be noticed and bring attention to this so as to to get an apology from the Obama state department should we (Christians) riot, burn buildings and cause general mayhem???


11 posted on 09/19/2012 7:04:50 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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I am skeptical of this but if Christ was married I would neither be overly surprised or bothered by it.


12 posted on 09/19/2012 7:07:13 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To play the devil’s advocate, I must ask why His being married would, in any way, diminish Him. He is God and I believe part of His mission was to, by His example, show us how to live our lives. Of course, His main mission was to die for us because it is impossible for us to live up to God’s strict standards. Since marriage is such an important part of our human lives, it kind of make sense that Jesus might have shown us how to do that part right, too.


13 posted on 09/19/2012 7:09:03 PM PDT by Josephat (`)
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To: Renfield

Jesus is married. To the Church.


14 posted on 09/19/2012 7:10:35 PM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Yeah, who cares if he was married? Doesn’t change his orgin, miracles, message, Love. In fact, now that I think about it, it makes his sacrifice even more awesome.


15 posted on 09/19/2012 7:10:47 PM PDT by gotribe (WTF?)
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Harvard “researcher” Karen King (who now occupies the oldest, and formerly one of the most prestigious, chairs in America) has devoted her academic life to feminist and anti-Christian “research”.

It is no surprise that she has now “discovered” what is almost certainly a forgery, if she did not create it herself.

That having been said, if Jesus had been married sometime between the age of 12 and when He began His public ministry around age 30, it would not be remarkable to me and it would not affect my faith in the least.


16 posted on 09/19/2012 7:13:12 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: Renfield

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield. Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


17 posted on 09/19/2012 7:14:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield

Nothin` new-
There are thousands of these pseudepigraphica fragments out there blowin in` the wind.


18 posted on 09/19/2012 7:14:54 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ( . Who knew??)
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>> Harvard researcher Karen King today unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” bla bla bla

Whatever. Last weekend I ‘unveiled’ some graffiti on a cinder block fragment in a bathroom at an interstate highway rest stop that claimed that Jesus was... well, nevermind, it’s not important because it’s not true.

However, I do wonder why these Harvard researchers seem never to unveil any semi-ancient papyruses (papyrusii?) that give us new insights into the un-god Allah or his pedophile, er, I mean prophet Muhammed. I wonder why that is.


19 posted on 09/19/2012 7:15:04 PM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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Jesus Christ the Son of God was crucified for my sins. The rest is meaningless.


20 posted on 09/19/2012 7:17:09 PM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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