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A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesusí Wife (Written in Coptic in the fourth century)
New York Times ^ | 09/18/2012 | Laurie Goodstein

Posted on 09/18/2012 5:05:46 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

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 nation’s oldest endowed chair, the Hollis professor of divinity.

The provenance of the papyrus fragment is a mystery, and its owner has asked to remain anonymous. Until Tuesday, Dr. King had shown the fragment to only a small circle of experts in papyrology and Coptic linguistics, who concluded that it is most likely not a forgery. But she and her collaborators say they are eager for more scholars to weigh in and perhaps upend their conclusions.

Even with many questions unsettled, the discovery could reignite the debate over whether Jesus was married, whether Mary Magdalene was his wife and whether he had a female disciple. These debates date to the early centuries of Christianity, scholars say. But they are relevant today, when global Christianity is roiling over the place of women in ministry and the boundaries of marriage.

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Professor Karen L. King, in her office at Harvard Divinity School, held a fragment of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a reference to Jesus' wife.
1 posted on 09/18/2012 5:05:53 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 09/18/2012 5:08:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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Will they never give up?


3 posted on 09/18/2012 5:09:32 PM PDT by Jvette
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That man sure dresses funny.

In all seriousness, wouldn’t Jesus’ wife be mentioned in the New Testament? It is a fairly in-depth account of his life. You would think they wouldn’t have missed something like that.


4 posted on 09/18/2012 5:09:59 PM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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Didn’t Father Guido Sarducci, on SNL, produce a copy of the bill from “The Last Brunch”?


5 posted on 09/18/2012 5:11:20 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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Big deal. A piece of 400 year-removed piece of papyrus would never had been considered for inclusion when the bible was canonized.

The Council of Carthage's standards for authenticity were much higher than the NYT's

6 posted on 09/18/2012 5:11:24 PM PDT by skeeter
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Will they never give up?

Nope! These "academic" attacks on Christianity will continue. And since Jesus is not going to go away, we can only hope that these "scholars" will go away.

7 posted on 09/18/2012 5:11:50 PM PDT by laweeks
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Blasphemy! Burn the embassies!


8 posted on 09/18/2012 5:12:42 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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I can only pray that I’m found worthy to be accounted the bride of Christ, and to be his faithful disciple,

These people have no spirit or understanding, and and the night is coming,

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” Romans 1:22


9 posted on 09/18/2012 5:14:09 PM PDT by captmar-vell
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My faith is utterly shattered. I must now go out and fight for “gay marriage.” /s


10 posted on 09/18/2012 5:14:33 PM PDT by Oratam
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Nope, they won’t go away either. They just keep trying to make Jesus into what they need him to be so that they feel justified in their miserable lives.


11 posted on 09/18/2012 5:18:13 PM PDT by Jvette
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Professor Karen L. King, in her office at Harvard Divinity School.

“Karen, I never knew you.”


12 posted on 09/18/2012 5:19:08 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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I guess that would explain why Da Vinci included a woman in his painting of the Last Supper.


13 posted on 09/18/2012 5:19:31 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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“Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...take her please.’ ”

I’ll be in town all week.


14 posted on 09/18/2012 5:20:53 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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“Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ..

...is the Church.’”

Really. For 1 thing, this artifact is a bit late to the discussion. It could be a copy of earlier scripts, but it could also be something made up much later.

For the other - as above, it could be the “Jesus is the husband and His bride is the Church” turned a different way.


15 posted on 09/18/2012 5:21:17 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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Even with many questions unsettled, the discovery could reignite the debate over whether Jesus was married,

What questions? What debate?

There has never been any questions or debate about Jesus having a wife.

DAN BROWN’s book is FICTION!!!!!!!!!

LOL, pray for them.


16 posted on 09/18/2012 5:21:19 PM PDT by Jvette
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It’s Greek to me.


17 posted on 09/18/2012 5:24:11 PM PDT by Pamlico (Oppose 0bama at every opportunity)
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“Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ”

Might have been a migrant crop picker from Mexico too.... ;-)


18 posted on 09/18/2012 5:27:24 PM PDT by Average Al (The Democrat party is a free range zoo.)
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Any time you are near one of these “Intellectuals” carry a one iron. Even God can’t hit a one iron./sarc


19 posted on 09/18/2012 5:28:23 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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Will they never give up?

Are you kidding? There are plenty of people out there who refuse to believe that Jesus existed. And I'm not talking about whether or not He was the Son of God, but whether or not there was a person/philosopher/teacher whose life story serves as the basis for the "stories" of the gospels.

How Peter could have founded some kind of papal dynasty with a "fable" for a central figure is beyond my reasoning.

20 posted on 09/18/2012 5:29:51 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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