Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Did Jesus have a wife ?

A fascinating article from the BBC begins . . . . .
An ancient scrap of papyrus makes explicit reference to Jesus having a wife, according to a renowned expert in Christian history.

Harvard divinity professor Karen King unveiled the 4th-Century Coptic script at a conference in Rome. She said researchers had identified the words "Jesus said to them, 'my wife'", which might refer to Mary Magdalene.

Christian tradition holds that Jesus did not marry - but Ms King said in early years it was subject to debate. The provocative find could spark debate over celibacy and the role of women within Christianity, she added.  But the announcement sparked scepticism from some theologians.
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Anonymous said...

When you think about it - it is plausable and indeed probable.
The son of God lived as a man for 30 odd years. During these times, most men took wives in their early 20s.

Contemplative Catholic said...

wow ! thanks for that .. . . a sensible comment. Was thinking I'd be shot down. Reason is alive and well !

Jan said...

I agree that it is entirely plausible that Jesus had a wife. I do wonder why we have a huge gap between his childhood and the latter few years in his life.As they say Nick " Don't shoot the messenger ".

Contemplative Catholic said...

Don't quite understand the 'don't shoot the messenger' remark . . . I'd have no problem if Jesus had taken a wife !