Jesus’ wife mentioned in gospel on fourth-century papyrus

 

 

The papyrus has four words written in Coptic that provide the first unequivocal evidence that within 150 years of his death, some followers of Jesus, believed him to have been married.
 
 

A scrap of papyrus dated to the fourth century has written on it in the ancient Coptic language, “Jesus said to them, my wife,” reopening the debate about whether Jesus was married, as some early Christians believed.

 

The words on the honey-coloured fragment are the first to show Jesus referring to a wife, according to Karen King, a professor of divinity at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who presented the finding Tuesday at the International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome.

 

The writing in black ink is in the language of Egyptian Christians, on a fragment of about (4 by 8 centimeters.

 

The fragment likely is authentic, based on the papyrus and handwriting, Roger Bagnall, director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New York said in a statement from Harvard.

 

Early Christians didn’t agree about whether they should marry or remain celibate, and the earliest claim Jesus didn’t marry is from 200 A.D., King said.

“One of the things we do know is that very rarely in ancient literature was the marital status of men discussed,” King said in a conference call with reporters. “Silence in marital status is normal.”

 

Only women were identified in terms of family relationships, as someone’s sister, mother, or wife, King said. The question of whether Jesus married came up later when people wanted to use him as a model for their lives, she said.

Though the Christian religion is sometimes referred to as Jesus’ bride in scriptural interpretation, the other words around “my wife,” including references to his mother and someone named Mary, suggest he is talking about family. It isn’t clear in the fragment whether Mary refers to his mother or his wife, King said.

King declined to name the owner of the papyrus fragment in the Harvard statement. The fragment belonged to a scripture dubbed “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” by King for reference, and was probably originally written in Greek and translated into Coptic for the local Christians.

 

One side of the papyrus has eight lines of writing, and the other is damaged, with only three words and a few letters visible even with computer enhancement. The fragment’s poor condition suggests it was found in a garbage heap, according to another religion professor, AnneMarie Luijendijk of Princeton University in New Jersey. Fragments are also found in burial sites, though those papyri usually are in better condition.

 

In the draft of their paper, King and Luijendijk say that the fragment doesn’t provide evidence that Jesus was married, since it was probably originally composed in “in the second half of the second century.” Nor is there any evidence that if Jesus was married, it was to Mary Magdalene, according to the paper.

“I do not think Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene,” King said in the call. “Whether or not he was married, I don’t know.”

 

The owner of the papyrus contacted King by email, asking her to translate the fragment; when she agreed, the owner delivered the papyrus by hand to Harvard Divinity School in December 2011. An analysis showed the pen used by the ancient scribe was probably blunt, as the handwriting is legible, if clumsy.

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Originally Posted by Stormborn:
Originally Posted by TI:

God can't have a wife. Seisnet will put a fatwah pun yu!  

Why?

Angelic Beings are not permitted to engage in sex. Sex is a gift to mankind for procreation.

 

Jesus, The Elect One came to earth, knowing full well the consequence for the entrapment of Lucifer.

 

It is because of the desires of the fallen angels for mortals(women) that The Book of Genisis states the reason for the great deluge. Homer, tell us in the form of Greek mythology of the men of renown-Hercules and dem guys.  

Originally Posted by seignet:
Originally Posted by Stormborn:
Originally Posted by TI:

God can't have a wife. Seisnet will put a fatwah pun yu!  

Why?

Angelic Beings are not permitted to engage in sex. Sex is a gift to mankind for procreation.

 

Jesus, The Elect One came to earth, knowing full well the consequence for the entrapment of Lucifer.

 

It is because of the desires of the fallen angels for mortals(women) that The Book of Genisis states the reason for the great deluge. Homer, tell us in the form of Greek mythology of the men of renown-Hercules and dem guys.  

 Jesus is the created uncreated not an angelic being. In the theology he came back as a man to illustrate what it is to suffer and to be redeemed. Why is it he could not have a wife if indeed he was god in the personage of a human?

Originally Posted by Mitwah:

If he was married, was the wedding a Christian wedding?

He was a jew so their traditions would prevail. Christianity is after he was dead as his followers constituted  a church. The first Christians were lead by his brother James until that church was hijacked by Paul, formerly Saul  the persecutor of Christians.

Originally Posted by seignet:
Originally Posted by Stormborn:
Originally Posted by TI:

God can't have a wife. Seisnet will put a fatwah pun yu!  

Why?

Angelic Beings are not permitted to engage in sex. Sex is a gift to mankind for procreation.

 

Jesus, The Elect One came to earth, knowing full well the consequence for the entrapment of Lucifer.

 

It is because of the desires of the fallen angels for mortals(women) that The Book of Genisis states the reason for the great deluge. Homer, tell us in the form of Greek mythology of the men of renown-Hercules and dem guys.  


Was Adam created before the existence of the Angels?

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