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Papyrus Referring to Jesusí Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say
NY Slimes ^ | 4/10/2014 | Laurie Goodstein

Posted on 04/10/2014 1:54:14 PM PDT by mojito

A faded fragment of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity School historian in 2012, has been tested by scientists who conclude in a journal published on Thursday that the ink and papyrus are very likely ancient, and not a modern forgery.

Skepticism about the tiny scrap of papyrus has been fierce because it contained a phrase never before seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife...’ ” Too convenient for some, it also contained the words “she will be able to be my disciple,” a clause that inflamed the debate in some churches over whether women should be allowed to be priests.

The papyrus fragment has now been analyzed by professors of electrical engineering, chemistry and biology at Columbia University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who reported that it resembles other ancient papyri from the fourth to the eighth centuries. (Scientists at the University of Arizona, who dated the fragment to centuries before the birth of Jesus, concluded that their results were unreliable.)

The test results do not prove that Jesus had a wife or disciples who were women, only that the fragment is more likely a snippet from an ancient manuscript than a fake, the scholars agree.

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


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It's just a miracle how things that confirm everything that liberals know is true are somehow confirmed by the "authority" of science.

Actually, although I'm not an expert on ancient papyrii, I believe that the text will be found to read not "Jesus said to them ""My wife....""; but rather, "Jesus said the them, ""My lesbian wife...."

And I was told this by the Archbishop of Canterbury. I swear.

1 posted on 04/10/2014 1:54:14 PM PDT by mojito
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It could just be a really old blasphemy


2 posted on 04/10/2014 1:55:31 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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The science is settled, don't you know?
4 posted on 04/10/2014 1:56:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket)
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Wow, you would think Easter was coming up soon or something.


5 posted on 04/10/2014 1:57:20 PM PDT by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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Harvard Divinity School historian in 2012, has been tested by scientists who conclude in a journal published on Thursday that the ink and papyrus are very likely ancient, and not a modern forgery

An ancient forgery, not a modern forgery. Truth has a hard time surviving at Harvard.

6 posted on 04/10/2014 1:58:08 PM PDT by PapaNew
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Anything to spread doubt and misleading information, thats for sure.


7 posted on 04/10/2014 1:58:19 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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Certainly possible.

The fragment was dated to the 4th to 8th century, so it could very well be some wild gnostic nonsense of the time, rather than the gnostic nonsense of today. However, and science notwithstanding, I still suspect the later.

8 posted on 04/10/2014 1:58:59 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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An Ancient Fake


10 posted on 04/10/2014 1:59:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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‘Jesus’ (Yeshu or Yeshua see Chronicles II 31:15) was a common name in those days.


11 posted on 04/10/2014 1:59:56 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obama is the biggest joke. But I can't laugh.)
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Many people were named Jesus.


12 posted on 04/10/2014 2:00:12 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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Let's see... Should I believe the Bible... or the New York Times?

One is a work of fiction, created by men with a political agenda, and unsubstantiated by facts.

The other is The Word of God.

13 posted on 04/10/2014 2:00:25 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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Written by a crack-pot. There have always been crack-pots and will always be crack-pots. This was written a long time ago by a crack-pot.


14 posted on 04/10/2014 2:00:39 PM PDT by Justice
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“Jesus didn’t really exist, wasn’t really crucified, wasn’t resurrected, but He had a wife...” < /liberal left >


15 posted on 04/10/2014 2:01:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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Any Bible scholars or practicing Jews: Wouldn’t a rabbi have to have a wife to be taken seriously, or am I misunderstanding the practices back then?


16 posted on 04/10/2014 2:02:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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It's just a miracle how things that confirm everything that liberals know is true are somehow confirmed by the "authority" of science.

Is there anything in this new papyrus about Jesus leaving the seat down or not taking out the garbage?

17 posted on 04/10/2014 2:02:10 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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Knocking the Catholic religion seems to be common before Easter and Christmas. The gnostic gospels were thrown out because they were about 200-300 years after Jesus. So they were ancient, but it would be like me writing George Washington’s ‘autobiography’.


19 posted on 04/10/2014 2:03:07 PM PDT by wattsgnu
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20 posted on 04/10/2014 2:03:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (I Laugh U!)
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