The blogosphere is a buzz with reports of a Coptic fragment that allegedly depicts Jesus referring to “my wife.”
The most helpful stuff I’ve read on the topic is:
Karen King’s original paper describing the fragment: “Jesus Said to Them: ‘My Wife …’: A New Coptic Gospel Papyrus”
Simon Gathercole, Did Jesus Have a Wife?
Craig A. Evans, The “wife” of JesusLarry Hurtado, “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife … Maybe … Maybe Not
April DeConick, Did Jesus Have a Wife?
My own terse remarks would be:
1. The authenticity of the fragment is still an open question.
2. Calling a fragment a “Gospel” just because it reports Jesus’ words in it is a bit of a stretch.
3. The fragment is reminiscent in many ways of the Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Mary, and Gospel of Philip.
5. The value of the fragment for determining the historical Jesus’ relationships to any woman is nil.