Newly revealed Coptic fragment has Jesus making reference to ‘my wife’

No, it doesn’t say that Jesus was married. The only concrete thing the scroll mentions is that Jesus says “my wife.” He could be referring to a number of things (including a wife, but that’s one debate that I don’t want to get into until there is more evidence involved). So, friends, read this article, but don’t expect anything too groundbreaking. As the co-editor Marrapodi (who wrote the article) stated, analyzing this is like analyzing a football game in the first quarter; everything is still up in the air.

CNN Belief Blog

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) — A newly revealed, centuries-old papyrus fragment suggests that some early Christians might have believed Jesus was married. The fragment, written in Coptic, a language used by Egyptian Christians, says in part, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …”

Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King announced the findings of the 1 1/2- by 3-inch honey-colored fragment on Tuesday in Rome at the International Association for Coptic Studies.

King has been quick to add this discovered text “does not, however, provide evidence that the historical Jesus was married,” she wrote in a draft of her analysis of the fragment set to appear in the January edition of Harvard Theological Review. The divinity school has posted a draft of King’s article to which AnneMarie Luijendijk, an associate professor of religion at Princeton University, contributed.

“This fragment, this new piece of papyrus evidence, does…

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