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Newly discovered ancient parchment refers to Jesus' wife

September 19, 2012
source: Harvard Magazine

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MR says: This new discovery does not prove that Jesus was married, but that Christians clearly had opposing views on his celibacy. Very interesting.

AT 7 P.M. this evening in Rome (1 P.M. EST), Hollis professor of divinity Karen L. King revealed to a conference of Coptic scholars the existence of a newly discovered Christian gospel. In the fragmentary text, Jesus refers unmistakably to “my wife.”

Written on a piece of papyrus now reduced to just four centimeters high and eight wide, the fragment addresses issues of family and discipleship. “This is the only extant ancient text which explicitly portrays Jesus as referring to a wife,” King writes in her scholarly paper on the “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which she presented at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies. The session took place across the street from the Vatican at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, a research center within the faculty of theology at the Pontifical Lateran University (known as the Pope’s University).

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bridget said...

10:38 AM
on Sep 20, 2012

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Apparently these "scholars" don't know their Bible. The Lord has numerous times referred to his people as his "wife" because of the eternal covenant between them. Whether the parchment is legitimate is immaterial. The Lord did not and will not marry a human in the actual sense. The relationship the Lord has with humans is father and child.

biggsiss said...

05:44 PM
on Sep 20, 2012

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Sorry, bridget, but the Lord referred to his people as his "bride", not his wife. Also, he was referred to many times as "rabbi". In Jewish law, a man could not be a rabbi unless he was married. Why would Jesus not marry a human? His mother was human. Marriage is the most sacred ordinance on earth. If Jesus was baptized even though He didn't need to be, why then would He also not marry? Makes absolute sense to me, and I've always believed He had a wife.

neilan said...

02:25 AM
on Sep 21, 2012

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These scholars apparently know their Bible better than we imagined. We know from the Bible that he spent time with and was alone with Mary and Martha. What might be acceptable in this corrupt age would have been considered a capital crime in Christ's time. An adult Jewish male and especially one considered to be a Rabbi had to be married. No exceptions. We already know from the Gospel of Philip that Jesus regularly kissed Mary Magdaleine on the mouth. Mary was either his wife or he would have been stoned as an adulterer. As LDS we understand that a condition of exaltation is that one must be sealed to a spouse in the Temple. Christ was perfect in his compliance with the commandments of his Father. Jesus Christ was married.

northstart said...

09:54 AM
on Sep 21, 2012

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Totally agree with you bridget. The first commandment to man and wife was to multiply. If Jesus was married, where are his children? The children of a God, the Holly Jehovah, should inherit immortality as Jesus did from His Father, “because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.” Thinking that He married to fulfill a commandment and left aside other that is the purpose of the first, is just foolish.

bwilliam said...

06:31 AM
on Sep 25, 2012

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To my fellow LDS readers, isn't it fun the puzzle fits so well together, that when bits and pieces come out they fit so nicely into our beliefs. Whereas the rest of the world is turned upside down?

northstart said...

11:46 AM
on Sep 30, 2012

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The parchment is a fake. Still missing a piece of the puzzle. Personally there is nothing more anti-Christ that try to make appears Jesus-Christ as "just an ordinary man" who was a bread supplier family man with just good ideas. The law and commandments are for those who need them. Jesus-Christ was an exalted been before coming to earth, when he walked on Palestine ground and still is at present time. He no needs to gain something that is already His.
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