Jesus said to them, "My wife..."Suggestion of a married Jesus" by B. D. Colen:
“Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married, even though no reliable historical evidence exists to support that claim,” King said. “This new gospel doesn’t prove that Jesus was married, but it tells us that the whole question only came up as part of vociferous debates about sexuality and marriage. From the very beginning, Christians disagreed about whether it was better not to marry, but it was over a century after Jesus’ death before they began appealing to Jesus’ marital status to support their positions.”I'm interested in another line of the papyrus.
Twice in the tiny fragment, Jesus speaks of his mother and once of his wife — one of whom is identified as “Mary.” The disciples discuss whether Mary is worthy, and Jesus states that “she can be my disciple.”The idea of women disciples can be just as controversial with some folks as whether or not Jesus was ever married.
“The discovery of this new gospel,” King said, “offers an occasion to rethink what we thought we knew by asking what role claims about Jesus’ tmarital status played historically in early Christian controversies over marriage, celibacy, and family. Christian tradition preserved only those voices that claimed Jesus never married. The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife now shows that some Christians thought otherwise.”Those of you who regularly read this blog know this is the kind of thing that interests me. It's kind of fun to have people in the class call or email me to tell let me know about things like this, usually found in that morning's paper. When Jane, my friend from that class, called me early on the day this news broke, she said, "Darn! I thought surely I'd beat you to this news!" Nope, I'm a night owl and read about it during the night before, online.
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