Ancient Scrap of Papyrus Refers to Wife of Jesus
It also quotes him talking of a female disciple
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2012 4:16 PM CDT
An ancient scrap of papyrus quotes Jesus referring to 'my wife.'   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Shades of the Da Vinci Code: A small scrap of fourth-century papyrus contains this potential bombshell of a line: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’" And a bit later, the text reads, "she will be able to be my disciple." A Harvard historian made it public today, and in interviews with the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Harvard Magazine, she makes clear that while it is not definitive proof that Jesus was married—it was written well after his death—it at least shows that the subject was in play among early Christians.

Professor Karen King got the scrap in 2011 from a collector, though its history before that remains unclear. Preliminary testing suggests it's legit, though King now wants other scholars to weigh in. If it holds up, it would be the first ancient text in which Jesus mentions a wife (many think it's Mary Magdalene) and would likely intensify all kinds of debates—from the celibacy of Catholic priests to the role of women in Christian ministry.

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HVTB1969
Apr 10, 2014 1:24 PM CDT
This papayrus is dated three hundred years "after" the resurrection. Dump it. It's not contemporary to the time of Jesus. For years Karen King and other gnostic nut-balls try to pass this junk off as legit - thanks History channel. Rick Dack, Defending the Bible Int'l.
iq145
Aug 10, 2013 2:46 PM CDT
Note: It was the CUSTOM of the country and time Jesus lived in, the culture and the beliefs, to be married and have children! It was where and how he was born and raised.
1492
Aug 5, 2013 4:02 PM CDT
I know of an Atheist who said of Jesus: A story like His cannot be a myth. He, as I, have trouble with the Big Guy, God. But we are not allowed to question....only Bewilderbeast can question. Dr. Einstein believed in Jesus the Christ....saying he was 35 years old when he first read the Gospels and a story like His cannot be a myth. Why is this subject coming to life after 10 months of being in here? By the way, Bewilderbeast is a turkey. 1492