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  • When Did the Resurrection Go from Rumor to an Official Declaration of the Church?

    04/10/2015 7:44:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When Did the Resurrection Go from Rumor to an Official Declaration of the Church? By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the early hours of the first Easter Sunday, the news began to circulate that Jesus was alive and had been seen. These reports were at first disbelieved or at least doubted by the Apostles. They dismissed various reports from both women and men. But suddenly that evening there was a change, a declaration by the Apostles that the Lord “has truly risen!”  What effected this change? We will see in a moment. But first, note the early reports of the resurrection and how they...
  • Jesus is real to me! A homily for Easter Sunday

    04/05/2015 7:45:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus is real to me! A homily for Easter Sunday By: Msgr. Charles PopeNearly all of the Resurrection accounts in the Gospels present the apostles and disciples on a journey to deeper faith. In stages, they come out of the darkness of despair and of this world into the light of faith. Matthew’s account (28:1-10), which is read at the Easter Vigil this year and can also be read at Masses during the day, is no exception. I have also commented on the Johannine Gospel that is often read on Easter Morning (here: From Fear to Faith).Let’s look at...
  • Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 [CHEESE!]

    12/30/2014 1:54:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | December 25, 2014 06:10am ET | by Megan Gannon, News Editor
    Thanks to the careful work of archaeologists, we learned more in the past year about Stonehenge's hidden monuments, Richard III's gruesome death and King Tut's mummified erection. From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are 10 of Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of 2014. 1. An Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis [snip] 2. Stonehenge's secret monuments [snip] 3. A shipwreck under the World Trade Center [snip] 4. Richard III's twisted spine, kingly diet and family tree [snip] 5. A teenager in a "black hole" [snip] 6. Syria by satellite...
  • Archaeologists Are Excavating A Synagogue Where Jesus Likely Preached

    12/26/2014 1:49:47 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    io9 ^ | December 25, 2014 | Mark Strauss
    Since 2009, archaeologists have been slowly excavating the ancient town of Magdalathought to be the home of Mary Magdalenenear the Sea of Galilee. Among their finds has been a first-century synagogue where, experts say, Jesus likely preached. Image: Israel Antiquities Authority Although Jerusalem and Bethlehem are the sites most commonly associated with Jesus, Father Eamon Kellyvice president of Israel's Magdala Center and vice charg of the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Centerpoints out that Jesus spent almost his entire life in what is now northern Israel. "Eighty percent of Jesus' public life was here," he tells the Israeli...
  • 5 reasons why people want to believe Jesus was married

    11/20/2014 2:41:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 11/20/2014 | David Gibson
    Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene! The latest version of this meme comes from Simcha Jacobovici, an author and filmmaker who is famous for promoting stunning theories about Jesus that on further review often turn out to be dubious. Jacobovicis new claim that he has decoded an old text that reveals Jesus and the Magdalene were married and had two kids (and she was a co-deity with her husband) came out this month and has also been widely dismissed. But as happened earlier this year with the so-called Gospel of Jesuss...
  • Was Jesus Christ A Married Man? (NYPost Review a tad confusing pretty pictures)

    11/03/2003 6:53:11 AM PST · by dead · 203 replies · 812+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 3, 2003 | Adam Buckman
    <p>And was Mary Magdalene his wife?</p> <p>Apparently, a lot of people will be upset if the answer to both these questions is yes.</p> <p>As explained in tonight's "Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci" - a new ABC News prime-time special inspired by the best-selling novel, "The DaVinci Code" - proof that Jesus of Nazareth was a married man enjoying conjugal relations with his wife would upset the apple cart, so to speak, of all of Christianity since Jesus' divinity has been based for so long, at least in part, on the notion that he was celibate.</p>
  • ABC asks (but in the wee hours): Was Jesus married? (Christianity takes another hit.)

    11/01/2003 7:19:13 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 170 replies · 223+ views
    ABC asks (but in the wee hours): Was Jesus married? The Associated Press NEW YORK -- ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas concedes her network is stepping into a theological minefield with its one-hour exploration of whether Jesus Christ had a wife. The ABC News special, "Jesus, Mary and DaVinci," is scheduled to air Tuesday, November 3rd, at 3:35 a.m. (The prime time slot on Monday is occupied by Monday Night Football.) "You can't talk about this subject without intriguing people or offending people," Vargas said earlier this week. "We're trying to do it as respectfully as we...
  • CNN: Archaeologists Report 1st Direct Evidence of Jesus

    10/21/2002 9:04:51 AM PDT · by jern · 353 replies · 4,568+ views
    Oct. 21, 2002 | CNN
    BREAKING: Archaeologists Report 1st Direct Evidence of Jesus
  • Jesus Family Tomb Believed Found

    02/25/2007 10:33:09 AM PST · by steadfastconservative · 51 replies · 1,542+ views
    Discover News ^ | Feb. 25, 2007 | Jennifer Viegas
    New scientific evidence, including DNA analysis conducted at one of the world's foremost molecular genetic laboratories, as well as studies by leading scholars, suggests a 2,000-year-old Jerusalem tomb could have once held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth and his family. The findings also suggest that Jesus and Mary Magdalene might have produced a son named Jonah. The DNA findings, alongside statistical conclusions made about the artifacts--originally excavated in 1980--open a potentially signficant chapter in Biblical archaeological history. A documentary presenting the evidence, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," will premiere on the Discovery Channel on March 4 at 9 pm...
  • Christ 'Coffin' Empty (Review of Lost Tomb of Jesus: Al Capones vault has met its match)

    02/28/2007 7:58:26 AM PST · by dead · 46 replies · 2,882+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 28, 2007 | Adam Buckman
    AL Capone's vault has met its match. I'm no scientist, but after watching a bunch of people who are scientists sift through the dust and bones of a 2000-year-old family burial chamber in Jerusalem, I have to offer this unscientific conclusion: There ain't no way them bones belong to Jesus. Or, if they are his bones, they don't come anywhere near proving it in "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," the Discovery Channel documentary that is supposed to rock Christianity to its very foundations. Well, I have some good news for Christianity: Your foundations are safe. Why were they going to...
  • Jesus burial site found - film claims

    02/23/2007 5:50:36 AM PST · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 311 replies · 9,416+ views
    http://www.ynetnews.com ^ | 2/23/07 | Ariella Ringel-Hoffman
    The cave in which Jesus Christ was buried has been found in Jerusalem, claim the makers of a new documentary film. If it proves true, the discovery, which will be revealed at a press conference in New York Monday, could shake up the Christian world as one of the most significant archeological finds in history. The coffins which, according to the filmmakers held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene will be displayed for the first time on Monday in New York. Jointly produced by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and Oscar winning director...
  • James Cameron Tries to Kill Jesus

    02/25/2007 4:41:22 AM PST · by Flavius · 44 replies · 4,298+ views
    laist ^ | 2/24/07 | na
    r at least he's trying to kill the story of Jesus' resurrection. An upcoming 90-minute documentary directed by Jewish Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and produced by Titanic director James Cameron makes the startling assertion that Jesus was never resurrected -- a cornerstone of Christian faith -- and that his burial cave was discovered in the Jerusalem suburb of Talpiyot some 27 years ago. One more thing, Jesus fathered a son with Mary Magdelene. Cameron and Jacobovici claim they have DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies on their side. And on Monday, Cameron will hold a press conference in...
  • Odds of 'Lost Tomb' Being Jesus' Family Rest on Assumptions

    03/10/2007 11:07:30 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 13 replies · 774+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 09, 2007 | Carl Bialik
    Odds of 'Lost Tomb' Being Jesus' Family Rest on Assumptions Until two weeks ago, University of Toronto statistician Andrey Feuerverger's body of research encompassed uncontroversial topics such as medical scanning and correcting for camera blurring. ... Prof. Feuerverger calculated there is just a one-in-600 chance that those same names would have come together in a family that didn't belong to Jesus of Nazareth. ... But the one-in-600 calculation is based on many assumptions about the prevalence of the names and their biblical significance. For purposes of his calculations, Prof. Feuerverger relied on new scholarly research that links the inscription "Mariamene...
  • The Jesus Dynasty

    04/08/2006 12:42:35 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies · 2,846+ views
    ABC News Home ^ | 4/7/2006 | Excerpt from JAmes D. Tabor book
    The Jesus Dynasty Excerpt: 'The Jesus Dynasty' by James D. Tabor New Book Challenges Christian Philosophy April 7, 2006 -- James Tabor is the chairman of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His book challenges many of the beliefs that Christians hold dear, maintaining that Jesus is neither the son of God nor the son of Joseph but most likely the child of a Roman soldier named Pantera. Jesus, Tabor maintains, became the head of the household when Joseph died and looked after his six half-brothers and sisters. When Jesus died, his brother James took over...
  • Cameron defends Jesus tomb documentary

    02/26/2007 8:41:03 AM PST · by Clive · 114 replies · 2,949+ views
    CTV News ^ | 2007-02-26 | (staff)
    Oscar-winning director James Cameron defended on Monday his controversial new documentary, which claims that Jesus may have been buried with a wife and son, against charges the film was trying to undermine Christianity. Instead, the documentary that claims the discovery of the tomb of Jesus Christ and his family celebrates their existence, Cameron said at a press conference announcing the documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus." The message that Jesus delivered 2,000 years ago resounds even today, Cameron said. "My feeling is that his message of compassion, humility, love and forgiveness is every bit as much needed now in this...
  • If James Cameron Were Honest About His "Discovery" (Jesus's tomb)

    03/03/2007 8:25:37 PM PST · by do the dhue · 45 replies · 2,241+ views
    FNC ^ | 3/3/7 | Father Jonathan Morris
    This week Titanic director James Cameron and Canadian television director, Simcha Jacobovici stood proudly at the New York City library to announce the release of a new book and documentary called The Tomb of Jesus. They claim to have uncovered the remains of Jesus and his family, including Mary Magdalene, (Jesus supposed wife) and their child, Judah. If he were honest, this is what Mr. Cameron would have said to the press: My dearest friends in the media, Thank you for being here. I must admit, I am pleasantly surprised so many of you have come. Our public relations company...
  • Tomb of the (Still) Unknown Ancients: More Jesus hype of the "Da Vinci Code" type.

    03/02/2007 7:39:39 AM PST · by maryz · 21 replies · 848+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | March 2, 2007 | Ben Witherington III
    Year after year in spring, a new crop of religious dandelions pop up in our post-Christian culture. Like the real ones growing in my yard, they make a colorful splash that briefly captures our attention, until we realize that they are only shallow-rooted weeds, not beautiful flowers planted long ago in the deep rich soil of the past, such as Easter lilies. Last year, it was the Gnostic nonsense of the "Da Vinci Code." We've had the "Gospel of Judas Iscariot," written centuries after the eyewitnesses were dead. This year it's a variation on the "Da Vinci" theme. We are...
  • Documentary Shows Possible Jesus Tomb (Did They Attack Islamic Belief, Too?

    02/26/2007 3:50:03 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 72 replies · 2,028+ views
    CBS News ^ | 2/26/07 | Karen Matthews
    Filmakers and researchers on Monday unveiled two ancient stone boxes they said may have once contained the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, but several scholars derided the claims made in a new documentary as unfounded... ...Stephen Pfann, a biblical scholar at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem who was interviewed in the documentary, said the film's hypotheses holds little weight... Pfann is even unsure that the name "Jesus" on the caskets was read correctly. He thinks it's more likely the name "Hanun." Ancient semitic script is notoriously difficult to decipher... William Dever, an expert on near eastern...
  • THE JESUS TOMB? TITANIC TALPIOT TOMB THEORY SUNK FROM THE START

    02/27/2007 12:40:42 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies · 2,084+ views
    BenWitherington ^ | February 27, 2007 | Ben Witherington
    Talpiot tomb Remember the tale of the Titanic? How it was supposed to be impregnable, and nothing could poke holes in it? How it would never be sunk? Well all I can say is that human hubris knows no bounds, and that hasnt changed in the last century. On April 15th 1912 the supposedly leak proof Titanic rammed into an iceberg and sanksank like a giant stone. Sank quickly, with great loss of life. Why do I bring this up? Because in one of the interesting ironies in recent memory, James Cameron the movie director who made the enormously successful...
  • The "Jesus Family Tomb story: Old News, No News

    Every Easter season the anti-Jesus crowd comes out of the woodwork creating some "controversy" about Jesus. This latest one, like many, is years old and was dusted off for the latest round of baseless attacks on Jesus' historicity. Historian Paul L. Maier explains further: Thanks for the profusion of e-mails Ive received over the last two days regarding the Talpiot tombs discovery in Jerusalem, a.k.a., the Jesus Family Tomb story. Some of you also suggested that life seemed to be following art so far as my A Skeleton in Gods Closet was concerned. Believe me, this is not the way...
  • Jesus: Tales from the Crypt

    02/24/2007 2:25:18 PM PST · by Havok · 21 replies · 1,145+ views
    Time ^ | February 23, 2007 6:55 | Tim McGirk
    Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity. In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected --the cornerstone of Christian faith-- and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene. No, it's not a re-make of "The Da Vinci Codes'. It's supposed to be true. Let's go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building...
  • The Wife of Jesus Tale (Evidence Points to Forgery of "Jesus' Wife" Fragment)

    04/28/2014 12:04:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/5/2014 | Charlotte Allen
    ....Two weeks ago, on April 10, in a manner reminiscent of King’s carefully controlled original unveiling of the fragment, the Harvard Divinity School issued a press release declaring that a “wide range of scientific testing indicates that a papyrus fragment containing the words ‘Jesus said to them my wife’ is an ancient document” and that “its contents may have been composed as early as the second to fourth centuries.” Harvard had given an advance viewing of the test results and an interview with King to reporters for just three newspapers—the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Harvard student...
  • The Secret History of the Knights Templar in America

    12/04/2004 7:06:01 AM PST · by missyme · 88 replies · 3,692+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | DEC 4th,2004
    The Knights Templar theme is also the plot of the new hit film, "National Treasure." We talked with the authors of "Templars in America" to see how their research matches up with the fictional movie. Who were the Knights Templar? On the surface they were a medieval, monastic order who gave the appearance of being part of the church and devout Christians. In actual fact, they were anything but that. Yes, they were a monastic order, theyd been approved by the pope, and they were virtually independent of all civil and other church authorities, being responsible through their grand master...
  • The Lost Tomb of Jesus

    03/06/2007 1:17:24 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 5 replies · 302+ views
    We saw the documentary yesterday thanks to an advance copy from The Discovery Channel, and our Amy has read the book released in conjunction. We've seen all their evidence. Simcha Jacobivici, the documentarian, has been saying in interviews that theyre just connecting the dots. Id say its more like first arranging the dots to get a certain picture and then connecting them. Their reasons for arranging the dots in their particular order is full of speculation at each step. They tell a coherent and affecting story to account for the information, but theres no rationale for why that story is...
  • Jesus: Tales From The Crypt

    02/24/2007 1:36:08 PM PST · by Roberts · 34 replies · 1,196+ views
    time-blog.com ^ | 2/23/07 | Tim McGirk
    Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity. In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected --the cornerstone of Christian faith--and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene. No, it's not a re-make of "The Da Vinci Codes'. It's supposed to be true. Let's go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building in...
  • Mary Magdalene

    10/08/2004 10:40:45 PM PDT · by Lord Nelson · 33 replies · 516+ views
    My sister was talking to me about this author Dan Brooks who wrote "Angels and Demons". In his second book he contends that Mary Magdalene was married to Jesus, but that Constantine ommitted any books from the Bible that made reference to this. Has anyone else heard of this? Is this a veiled attack on Christianity? The contention is that women were liberated prior to Christianity and that it was Constantine's version of Christ's history that stole that liberation away from women. This seems to be another liberal attempt to rewrite history. I had always believed that ancient societies to...
  • Relic of Saint Mary Magdalene...Makes First North American Tour

    11/14/2009 1:09:01 PM PST · by NYer · 300 replies · 3,066+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2009
    NEW YORK, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A relic of Saint Mary Magdalene, often referred to as the Apostle of the Apostles, is making its first North American tour. The relic, a major piece of her tibia, will be carried in a reliquary to the United States by Father Thomas Michelet, a French Dominican priest. Its first stop is on October 22nd in Gainesville, Georgia at Saint Michael's Catholic Church where it will be venerated all through the night. The purpose of the tour, which continues through November 30th, and travels to Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, New York and Florida, is to...
  • 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' likely isn't a modern forgery, scientists claim

    04/10/2014 9:44:11 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 49 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 10, 2014 | Amar Toor
    A controversial document that suggests that Jesus of Nazareth had a wife is most likely ancient and not a modern forgery, according to a paper published today in the Harvard Theological Review. The papyrus fragment, known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," has been the subject of widespread debate since it was discovered in 2012 because it includes the phrase "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...'." It also mentions that "she will be able to be my disciple," which led some to question whether women should be allowed to become Catholic priests. The Vatican has previously said that the document...
  • Gospel of Jesus Wife Fragment Is a Fake, Vatican Says

    09/28/2012 8:38:33 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    NYTimes ^ | September 28, 2012
    Gospel of Jesus Wife Fragment Is a Fake, Vatican Says September 28, 2012 VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - An ancient papyrus fragment which a Harvard scholar says contains the first recorded mention that Jesus may have had a wife is a fake, the Vatican said on Friday. "Substantial reasons would lead one to conclude that the papyrus is indeed a clumsy forgery," the Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, said in an editorial by its editor, Gian Maria Vian. "In any case, it's a fake." Joining a highly charged academic debate over the authenticity of the text, written in ancient Egyptian Coptic, the...
  • Vase discovery linked to Mary Magdalene

    12/10/2008 1:23:21 PM PST · by BGHater · 47 replies · 1,321+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 10 Dec 2008 | Nick Pisa
    Archaeologists have discovered vases of perfumed ointment which may have been used by Mary Magdalene to anoint the feet of Jesus. The Italian team have been digging for several months at the ancient Palestinian town of Magdala from where Mary gets her name. The archaeologists of the Franciscan academic society Studium Biblicum Franciscanum found the unopened vases dating to the first century AD conserved in mud at the bottom of a swimming pool in Magdala's thermal complex. The town is on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee and Mary Magdalene is mentioned several times throughout the Bible....
  • Was Jesus Married?

    06/08/2003 7:24:09 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 14 replies · 383+ views
    BeliefNet ^ | June 8 2003 | Deborah Caldwell
    Before the Left Behind series catapulted to the top of the bestseller list, the idea that Christians could be lifted bodily into the clouds during the Rapture was an idea that only obscure theologians studied. These days, of course, lots of people believe that's what will happen the day the world ends. Now a new novel is forcing people to confront another biblical puzzle. The DaVinci Code, a thriller by Dan Brown, tells the story of a Harvard professor summoned to the Louvre Museum after a murder there to examine cryptic symbols relating to DaVinci's work. During the course of...
  • US TV set for 'Jesus wife' storm

    10/31/2003 9:30:53 AM PST · by nypokerface · 179 replies · 290+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/31/03
    A leading US TV news reporter has said her network is taking a risk with a news special which asks whether Jesus Christ had a wife. ABC's Elizabeth Vargas said Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci, to be shown in the US on Monday night, was being made "as respectfully as we can". But she admitted: "You can't talk about this subject without intriguing people or offending people." The programme is partly based on the best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code. The book alleges Mary Magdalene - a biblical figure widely thought to have been a prostitute - was actually Jesus's...
  • Scholar: 'Jesus Tomb' Makers Mistaken (Ossuary's inscription does not say Mary Magdalene)

    03/14/2007 7:50:29 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 39 replies · 2,054+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | March 13, 2007 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    A scholar looking into the factual basis of a popular but widely criticized documentary that claims to have located the tomb of Jesus said Tuesday that a crucial piece of evidence filmmakers used to support their claim is a mistake. Stephen Pfann, a textual scholar and paleographer at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, said he has released a paper claiming the makers of "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" were mistaken when they identified an ancient ossuary from the cave as belonging to the New Testament's Mary Magdalene. The film's director, Simcha Jacobovici, responded that other researchers agreed...
  • ABC Special Explores if Jesus Had Wife

    10/30/2003 7:46:04 PM PST · by mhking · 353 replies · 394+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10.30.03 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas concedes her network is stepping into a theological minefield with its one-hour exploration of whether Jesus Christ had a wife. The ABC News special, "Jesus, Mary and DaVinci," is scheduled to air Monday at 8 p.m. ET. "You can't talk about this subject without intriguing people or offending people," Vargas said Thursday. "We're trying to do it as respectfully as we can." ABC screened the special for some reporters and religious leaders on Thursday. The program is based on the best-selling novel, "The DaVinci Code," which claims to be partly grounded on...
  • She says Jesus wed

    01/07/2004 1:04:42 PM PST · by johnb2004 · 14 replies · 20+ views
    The News Tribune - Tacoma, WA ^ | Wednesday, January 7, 2004 | STEVE MAYNARD
    The Steilacoom woman pointed to biblical stories as evidence: Mary anointed Jesus in a wedding nuptial and was the first person the resurrected Christ appeared to. "I believe that the Gospels portray Jesus and Mary Magdalene as a couple," Starbird said. "They were married."
  • Papyrus Referring to Jesus Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say

    04/10/2014 1:54:14 PM PDT · by mojito · 82 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 4/10/2014 | Laurie Goodstein
    A faded fragment of papyrus known as the Gospel of Jesuss 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,...
  • Real Magdalene Honored saint, was 1st witness to the Resurrection

    04/12/2006 8:21:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 174+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | April 11, 2006 | Pat McCarthy
    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (NZ Catholic) Shes been denounced as a fallen woman, described as a victim of mistaken identity for almost 20 centuries and suggested as a likely candidate for the patron of the slandered. Shes been depicted in art and literature through the ages, and now thanks to The Da Vinci Code Mary Magdalene has emerged into the limelight again as the alleged wife of Christ and co-founder of an arcane dynasty at odds with the institutional church and its beliefs.To Dan Brown, author of the fictional The Da Vinci Code and no stranger to exaggerated...
  • Is There New Evidence That Jesus Had a Wife?

    04/14/2014 9:05:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 213 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/14/2014 | Michael Brown
    The internet has been abuzz with intriguing headlines announcing that scholars have determined that the so-called Gospel of Jesus Wife papyrus is authentic and that there is no forgery evidence in the manuscript. What exactly does this mean? And should Christians be concerned that a new discovery might contradict the biblical account and undermine their faith? Actually, the report from scholars working with the Harvard Divinity School found that the manuscript is much younger than previously thought in other words, it is even further removed from the time of the New Testament than scholars originally believed meaning that,...
  • The "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" Is Most Likely Not a Modern Fake

    04/11/2014 6:35:46 AM PDT · by Renfield · 87 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 4-10-2014 | Colin Schultz
    In 2012, Harvard researcher Karen King revealed the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife." A small piece of papyrus, the lightly worn document was written in Coptic Egyptian, with parts missing and ink faded, and didn't say much. But what it did say, wrote Ariel Sabar in Smithsonian Magazine two years ago was enough to “send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship—and beyond.” The fragment’s 33 words, scattered across 14 incomplete lines, leave a good deal to interpretation. But in King’s analysis, and as she argues in a forthcoming article in the Harvard Theological Review, the “wife” Jesus refers to is probably Mary Magdalene, and Jesus...
  • Ancient Text Reveals False Gospel

    09/25/2012 11:44:40 PM PDT · by GeronL · 38 replies
    Associated Posers ^ | 2-26-2012 | geonl
    (Associated Posers) - CAIRO, Egypt - Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, revealed this morning an ancient shred of papyrus. He announced that for the past 6 months this scrap of papyrus has been studied by some of the leading archaeologists. "Due to the controversial nature of the contents, we have been extremely meticulous and we have documented everything" Zahi Hawass said at the press conference held near his office "The paper, the ink and even the writing all point to the same result" Less than a week after another scrap of ancient text was falsely said to have...
  • The Gospel of Jesus Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed

    09/25/2012 5:53:17 PM PDT · by annalex · 27 replies
    markgoodacre.org ^ | 20 September 2012. | Francis Watson
    http://markgoodacre.org/Watson.pdf The Gospel of Jesus Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed FRANCIS WATSON, Durham University, U.K, 20 September 2012. Email francis.watson@dur.ac.uk A gospel or gospel-fragment might be regarded as fake whether its author belongs to the ancient or the modern world. In both cases, the aim would be to persuade as many readers as possible to take the new text seriously as a window onto unknown aspects of Jesus life, or how it was perceived by his later followers. In her thorough and helpful analysis of the text that is coming to be known as the Gospel of...
  • Why the Singleness of Jesus Makes the Best Sense of the Historical Evidence

    09/23/2012 1:33:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/23/2012 | Timothy Paul Jones
    It is an embarrassing insight into human nature that the more fantastic the scenario, the more sensational is the promotion it receives and the more intense the faddish interest it attracts, Roman Catholic scholar Raymond Brown wrote nearly three decades ago. People who would never bother reading a responsible analysis of the traditions about how Jesus was crucified, died, was buried, and rose from the dead are fascinated by the report of some new insight to the effect he was not crucified or did not die, especially if his subsequent career involved running off with Mary Magdalene to India. This...
  • Jesus Christ was baptized and sealed to Mary Magdelene (Mormon - Open)

    06/02/2010 1:47:13 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 642 replies · 3,323+ views
    Further Light And Knowledge ^ | June 1, 2010 | Helen Radkey
    Jesus of Nazareth, also known as Jesus Christ, or simply Jesus, is the central figure of Christianity. The life and sermons of Jesus form the basis of the Christian faith. Jesus Christ is recognized by believing Christians as God incarnate, the Son of God who was raised from the deadthe Redeemer of mankindthe most important figure in history. According to Mormon doctrine, Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. However, it seems that even the perceived Savior of the world is not exempt from LDS temple rituals. Proxy rites for Jesus Christ were performed in the Salt Lake (LDS)...
  • Scholars seek to correct Christian tradition on Mary Magdalene

    05/08/2006 8:04:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 722+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | May 1, 2006 | Jerry Filteau
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The fanciful fictions about Mary Magdalene in Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" are not the only errors about the biblical saint that modern scholars are seeking to correct. They are also trying to set straight centuries of erroneous Christian tradition regarding her that developed, especially in the West. In A.D. 591 Pope St. Gregory the Great preached a sermon in which he identified as one person the New Testament figures of Mary Magdalene, the sinful woman who anointed Jesus' feet and washed them with her tears, and the Mary who was the sister of Lazarus and...
  • Why the 'Lost Gospels' Lost Out

    01/19/2005 1:47:22 PM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 25 replies · 525+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | June 2004 | Ben Witherington III
    Home > Christianity Today Magazine > Faith & Thought > History Christianity Today, June 2004 Why the 'Lost Gospels' Lost Out Recent gadfly theories about church council conspiracies that manipulated the New Testament into existence are badreally badhistory. by Ben Witherington III | posted 05/21/2004 In Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, villain Leigh Teabing explains to cryptologist Sophie Neveu that at the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) "many aspects of Christianity were debated and voted upon," including the divinity of Jesus. "Until that moment," he says, "Jesus was viewed by His followers as a mortal prophet. ...
  • Harvard professor joins the buzz about Mary Magdalene

    01/07/2004 9:47:53 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 118+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | January 3, 2004 | Richard N. Ostling
    Imagine that alongside Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, your New Testament includes a fifth Gospel where "seven Powers of Wrath" interrogate the human soul, accusing it of being a "human-killer" and "space-conqueror."Imagine further that the soul responds, "I was set loose from a world and in a type, from a type which is above and from the chain of forgetfulness in time" to enter silent rest during "the time of the due season of the aeon."And how about a Jesus who says "matter gave birth to a passion which has no Image" and that "there is no such thing as...
  • The Gospel of Jesus Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 7:35:40 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 45 replies
    http://www.albertmohler.com ^ | September 20, 2012 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship and beyond. Really?What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, Jesus said to them, My wife. Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus Had...
  • The Gospel of Jesus Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 12:41:56 PM PDT · by rhema · 48 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 9/20/12 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship and beyond. Really? What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, Jesus said to them, My wife. Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus...
  • Five big questions about the 'Jesus' wife' papyrus

    09/20/2012 6:02:24 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 87 replies
    Houston Chronicale ^ | Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    In a surprise announcement that seemed scripted by novelist Dan Brown, a Harvard professor revealed an ancient scrap of papyrus on Tuesday that refers to Jesus' wife. The so-called "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" presents a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples, said Karen King, a respected historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School.
  • The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus

    09/20/2012 5:34:56 AM PDT · by OldRanchHand · 40 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | September 20, 2012 | OldRanchHand
    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 Kings steps from when a suspicious e-mail hit her in-box to the nerve-racking moment when she thought...