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Jesus Was Married, Ancient Papyrus Suggests
A snippet of ancient papyrus studied by a Harvard professor suggests early Christians believed Jesus really was a married man.
Karen King†says the fourth century fragment of papyrus is the only existing ancient text that quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife.
She has helped to translate the six words on a three-inch fragment.
The words, written in the Coptic language of ancient Egyptian Christians, translate to: "Jesus said to them, my wife."
In the dialogue, the disciples discuss whether Mary is worthy and Jesus says "she can be my disciple", Ms King said.
The text contains a dialogue in which Jesus identifies Mary, explained Professor King, who added that the fragment is a copy of a gospel, probably written in Greek in the second century.
Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was unmarried even though there was no reliable historical evidence to support that.
But the new gospel, prof King pointed out, tells us "that the whole question only came up as part of vociferous debates about sexuality and marriage".
She said: "From the very beginning, Christians disagreed about whether it was better not to marry but it was over a century after Jesus' death before they began appealing to Jesus' marital status to support their positions."
Ms King presented the document at a six-day conference being held in Rome. To date, the discovery has gone unmentioned by the Vatican.
The fragment belongs to an anonymous private collector who contacted professor King to help translate and analyse it. Nothing is known about the circumstances of its discovery, but it is believed it came from Egypt, where the dry climate allows ancient writings to survive and because it was written in a script used in ancient times there.
However, another expert has urged caution.
Bible scholar Ben Witherington III, a professor and author who teaches at a college in Kentucky, said the document follows the pattern of Gnostic (early Christian) of the second, third and fourth centuries, using "the language of intimacy to talk about spiritual relationships".
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what do you think?
oh no more nutters !!!!!!!!!!!!
will all the chriistians start burning down universities around the world no
This is an outrage. I demand that the person making these blasphemous allegations be handed over to the Christian church so that they can be punished. Then I demand that all Libyan embassies are attacked and burned, plus the Iranian and Saudi ones too for good measure and maybe the Turks because we just don't like them. Then all true Christians should rise up against.....well, everyone else really just to show the world what a bunch of really devout Christians we are, and we won't have our religious figures mocked or blasphemed. That'll teach them to mock us Christians, oh yes!
we did that already - about 900 years ago and have sort of got over it now. The difference between a mature religion and one that is still where Christianity was at the time of teh Crusades.
Aww, that's made me laugh! :-)
PS, only joking, all you Moslems out there. Never let it be said that us Christians don't have a sense of humour, eh? ;-)
Thats a shame I was getting ready to join you - no fun left in life :-(
In the interestes of historical accuracy: it would have been extremely unusual for a man to be unmarried in 1st century Judea. The idea of of Jesus being unmarried was more or less invented in the 4th century when the various sects of Christianity got together and agreed on what the reglions beliefs actually were. The Gospels are not the workd of God but records of Jesus' deeds and saying again mostly recorded in their current form in the 4th century. Sorry if this ffends any Christians or anyone else but it is history not myth...
Quite right Chris, god is the real myth!
I heard a rumour that he had several wives and when one of them became pregnant she was heard to scream....... "My god, it's a miracle"!
More added to the "fairy story" then!
d and d Phillips
Well you are so clever.
Why thankyou, David! :-)
She is a lot more cleverer than you david p. If you want evidence, simply read your posts.
First of all Jesus (JC) did not exist. So I will refer to the mythological JC. There is no historical evidence whatsoever that JC exists. He performed miracles, had thousands of followers, was a political upstart and when he died there was an earthquake and eclipse at the same time...yet no historian living there at the time and writing about the time gives him a mention. The only "evidence" of JC is allegorical, written by people who never "knew" him. There is a clear attempt to make JC human, but in reality, he was just another sun god., like Horus, Mythras etc etc. The mythical JC was married at Cana. Read your bible to find out.
I personally believe that the myth of JC was based on the life of Isa who is buried in Strinagar Kashmir. I recently visited his tomb. For those of you who believe JC died on the cross, I'd suggest you read a great book which produces all the evidence that he did not. It's called the bible. Hebrews 8:4 If JC was on earth, he would not even have been a priest. How abouit that Hrsb19