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Jesus Wife Mentioned In Old Scrap Of Papyrus
Does Ancient Document Prove Jesus Was Married?
Did Jesus have a wife? An ancient that is 1600 years old and just recently translated says that Jesus refers to having a wife, according to a from CBS News.
This bit of information is challenging what Christians have long believed about Jesus, that he was a single and celebrate man. It could also influence the standing of women in the Roman Catholic Church, which has long dictated that only men could be priests, and following in Jesus’ example, remain celebrate and unmarried.
The document was in the hands of a private collector and translated by Harvard University’s Dr. Karen King, who after examining it with other colleagues, says that the document is an authentic one.
“If the second century date of composition is correct, the fragment does provide direct evidence that claims about Jesus’ marital status first arose over a century after the death of Jesus in the context of intra-Christian controversies over sexuality, marriage, and discipleship,” King wrote in the paper with colleague AnneMarie Luijendijk, a professor of religion at Princeton University.
“If it is what it purports to be, then it’s the first of its kind to show up,” said Bart Ehrman, a religious-studies expert and author at the University of North Carolina.
“We certainly didn’t have anything like that before.”
Ehrman notes that the reference in the text to Jesus’ wife doesn’t mean he actually had a wife.
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