Why is the Supposed Marriage of Jesus Such a Big Deal These Days?

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A few days ago, a scholar at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome announced the discovery of a tiny fragment of a manuscript, which, if authentic, comes from the fourth century A.D. This kind of academic presentation wouldn’t even make the back page of American newspapers, let alone the headlines, except for [Read More...]

Was Jesus Married? Does New Evidence Say “Yes”? Part 2

Fragment of the so-called Gospel of Jesus' Wife. Photo by Karen L. King.

Yesterday, I began commenting on the new revelation from Karen King: a small fragment that may come from a fourth-century document that includes a character named “Jesus” who says “my wife.” Of course, this revelation has excited the media, which stirs up business with such catchy headlines as “A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to [Read More...]

Was Jesus Married? Does New Evidence Say “Yes”?

Professor Karen King displays the fragment of the so-called Gospel of Jesus's Wife. Photo from http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/090512_AncientPapyrus_1714_605.jpg

Did Jesus have a wife, after all? Major news outlets, such as the New York Times, are reporting on the discovery of a new document that refers to Jesus’ wife. More precisely, a small fragment from a previously unknown document contains a statement by a character named “Jesus” referring to “my wife.” Does this give [Read More...]