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Vatican newspaper weighs on 'Jesus' Wife' scrap: it's a 'fake'

September 28, 2012
source: Deseret News

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MR says: It's no surprise the Vatican disputes it. The Catholic Church has long held that Jesus was unmarried, and any evidence to the contrary would fuel current debates about celibacy for priests and the role of women in the church.

The Vatican newspaper has added to the doubts surrounding Harvard University's claim that a 4th century Coptic papyrus fragment showed that some early Christians believed that Jesus was married, declaring it a "fake."

The newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published an article Thursday by leading Coptic scholar Alberto Camplani and an accompanying editorial by the newspaper's editor, Giovanni Maria Vian, an expert in early Christianity. They both cited concerns expressed by other scholars about the fragment's authenticity and the fact that it was purchased on the market without a known archaeological provenance.

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australianandrew said...

07:24 AM
on Sep 29, 2012

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Unfortunately one of the hallmarks of a fake is often its size: that is it is easy to fake a small bit of parchment but its hard to fake a buried city! Also, there are other clues to fakes, in this case the fashionable subject matter. Also, if a fraudster finds an old bit of actual original parchment and then writes on it with say octopus ink and bakes it in an oven:voila!instant confusing relic.

das said...

03:50 PM
on Sep 29, 2012

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Mmmm, you give much to mull over, very good arguement for its invalidity.

vasquezje said...

06:31 AM
on Sep 30, 2012

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yo creo que Dios es sabio en no enseñarnos toda las cosas minuciosamente "SABIDURIA" por eso se llama asi, solo el Señor dijo a traves de sus profetas NO TE, NO CAFE y esos es suficiente no hablamos de CAFEINA, sino tendriamos que analisar los daños de los alcaliodes en los chocolates, cocoas etc. solo usemos sabiduria NO te, NO cafe y sigamos el comsejo de los lideres, evitemos la Coca Cola pero no quiere decier NO tomarla, creemos en el albedrio del hombre.

bridget said...

11:41 AM
on Oct 01, 2012

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Whether the parchment is a fake or not makes no difference, because whoever wrote it either wasn't referring to the Lord or didn't know what he's talking about. The Lord's marriage is not temporal in nature, nor is he married to a human being. Therefore, all speculation as to whom he might have been married to while he was on this side of the veil should be thrown out. The Lord did not marry any of his children. As for whom he is married to, you would have to look on the eternal level, not on the human level. Get a clue. The Lord is the Almighty God. He's so far above humans that Mormon, a good and righteous man, felt like he was less than the dust before Him. I'd like to see a little more of Mormon's humility in today's so-called Mormons. They can't hold a candle to Mormon and they don't deserve to be using his name at all. Neither should they be speculating as to the Lord's marriage instead of asking Him themselves.

australianandrew said...

08:25 AM
on Oct 03, 2012

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Well said Bridget! However, it does matter if the parchment is a fake, and as it is certainly a fake it lends weight to your argument. I have met some living Mormons of Biblical stature and I will say that now even though I am inactive in the LDS.
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