The so-called ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’.

Did Jesus Have a Wife? New Tests on Ancient Coptic Papyrus May Give Answers

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The controversial “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” has been undergoing rigorous forensic testing and academic analysis to determine if the fragment of papyrus is authentic or not. The much-debated gospel, if legitimate, might show that at one point it was believed Jesus had taken wife, contrary to the current doctrines of Christianity.

The faded papyrus was revealed by Harvard University professor Karen L. King in 2012 and it instantly made international headlines. The announcement of a papyrus which might alter the historical record of Christian faith was met with elation, anger, and skepticism.

The fragment, now known as “ The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife ” is written in Coptic (an Egyptian language), mentions a woman named Mary, and contains the translated phrases, “ Jesus said to them, my wife…." , and " she will be able to be my disciple ,” which suggests not only that Jesus may have married (some believe to Mary Magdalene) but also it raises the argument for women to become ordained priests.

‘Jesus as a friend of children’ (1845), by Marie Ellenrieder

‘Jesus as a friend of children’ (1845), by Marie Ellenrieder ( Wikimedia)

Amazingly Authentic or Clever Fake?

An editorial in the Vatican’s newspaper declared that the papyrus was a fake, as did a number of other scholars. Additionally, the Church of England has dismissed the claims, saying it is closer to the fictional ‘Da Vinci Code’ than historical accounts. However, the fragment has been thoroughly tested by scientists who conclude, in a report published in the  Harvard Theological Review , that the ink (actually pigment) and papyrus have ancient origins, and the fragment is not, therefore, a modern forgery. The researchers date it to 1,200 years ago, between the sixth and ninth centuries.

According to LiveScience, new research has been done on the disputed papyrus but the study has yet to be published.  Scientists at Columbia University are conducting new tests on the pigments used on the papyrus. When compared with the pigments from other known authentic or fraudulent gospels, comparisons can be made and legitimacy established.

Scientists at Columbia University are not commenting until their results are published, but according to the LiveScience article, the Jesus gospel was compared to another fragment from the “Gospel of John”, which was written in a rare ancient dialect of Coptic known as Lycopolitan. The two texts are said to be very similar, but the John gospel dates to between the seventh and ninth centuries, leading some to say “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” was a fake modeled after this.

However, “James Yardley, a senior research scientist at Columbia University, told Live Science that the new tests suggest that the Gospel of Jesus's Wife was written by another person than that who wrote John papyrus,” reports MailOnline.

Yardley told LiveScience, “In our first exploration, we did state that the inks used for the two documents of interest [the John papyrus and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife] were quite different. The more recent results do confirm this observation strongly.”

Additionally, the language on the fragment has been examined, and many scholars say it is also very similar to the early Christian “ Gospel of Thomas ”. This gospel can be found online with modern-day typos. Skeptical scholars point out similar typos in the Jesus gospel, but proponents rebut, saying that typos and grammatical errors were just as prevalent in ancient scribe-work as they are now, and the Jesus gospel is another interesting example of that.

Mysterious Provenance

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (Wikimedia). In the novel, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, Dan Brown writes that the figure at the right hand of Jesus is Mary Magdalene.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci ( Wikimedia). In the novel, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, Dan Brown writes that the figure at the right hand of Jesus is Mary Magdalene.

What remains to be sorted out is the mysterious provenance (source or chronology) of the artifact. Many scholars are drawing their own conclusions that the papyrus is a modern fake, and that opinion is supported by the unclear ownership of the piece, and where it might have originated.

The person who currently owns the ancient papyrus remains anonymous, but claims the gospel came to him with other Coptic texts from Germany. The texts were reportedly purchased from a man named Hans-Ulrich Laukamp in 1999, who himself allegedly got them in 1963 in Potsdam, in what was East Germany.

Comments

Could it be that ALL the gospels are fake? That there never was a person 'Jesus' as described in the gospels?
Centuries before the beginning of our calendar - supposedly the time of Jesus birth - Jewish lands were occupied by foreign powers: first Egyptians than Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Macedonians and finally Romans. So the Jews thought: the only 'thing' that could free them from these powers was the Messiah who was already spoken of in the Torah. There were Messianic - or in Greek - 'Christian' sects who were in contact by visions to a 'phantom' named Jesus, long before the beginning of our calendar. Then in Roman times (St.) Paul came. He first was a hunter of Jewish rebels - often Messianic or 'Christian' Jews - who had their bases or meeting points a.o. in the Jewish temples. Then Paul switched to the other side because he had a vision of Jesus himself. Paul started a sect as well but in his sect gentiles were allowed too. And so Paul's sect became the most popular. In the year 69 of our calendar Paul died. A year later the Romans destroyed the big Jewish temple in Jerusalem and started expelling the Jews from Jerusalem. And only after that the gospel of Marc was written; the oldest gospel of all the known gospels that speaks of a person named Jesus that had actually lived on earth. So again: after the year 70 of our calendar. Before that there is not one word written about a Jesus actually living on earth. (And some scholars even say, the gospel of Marc was probably only intended as an allegorical text, not as a historical account of something actually happening on earth.) And why did the writer of Marc put Jesus 'on earth'. To stand stronger than other 'Christian' sects that only knew Jesus by visions. And to fix the teachings of Paul. And to have one, consistent teaching of Jesus for all the Pauline Jews that were now expelled from Jerusalem and the Jewish lands. That is the true origin of Jesus 'Christ' walking the earth. That story is totally fabricated along the lines of Jewish and other popular religions of those days.
There is NO evidence, not one single word, that there ever was a Jesus as described in the gospels, that actually lived on earth. And that first gospel that puts Jesus on earth has historical errors in it, errors about Jewish life and geographical evidence. And the other gospels were written after the gospel of Marc, with the gospel of Marc in mind. And finally, centuries later in 325 AD when the Christian faith was shaped at the First Council of Nicaea under the leadership of Roman Emperor Constantine 1, this Christian faith was made in accordance with the interests of the Roman Empire. Or maybe even to serve the Empire. (Excuse my crappy English btw.)

Edit: geographical evidence = geographical errors.

Humanity tried to move forward in a sure, steady rate; however, because of the lies religion bring we fell into a century-long halt. In my humble opinion, religion is a nuisance.

Robert Atwill wrote a book called Caesar’s Messiah, in which he argues persuasively that the Roman emperors of the time, in particular Titus and his then emperor father Vespasian, created teh Gospels with the help of Josephus, their Jewish scholar “slave.”

Youtube has a number of videos on Atwill with other scholars.  Very interesting stuff.  For example, Atwill shows the Romans used the name “Mary” for all Jewish rebel women.  

 

Tom Carberry

It could also be that Paul who apparently was half Jew half Roman, made up his vision of Jesus in order to create a messianic sect that accepted Roman rule. A sect wherein Paul tried to merge classical Jewish thinking with more modern Greek and Roman philosophy. So the Jewish nationalistic - messianic - underground movements didn't have to be fought against all the time; so to pacify them.

Among the Nazareans, "Mary" was a title, indicating a woman was a priestess of a sect that began in Egypt.

So your saying Mary(Jesus' mother) a poor peasant was a priest

nevermind mate. your so called crappy english is more legible than most of the know-it-all wankers who tend to comment on the articles in this site. can't stand to read the majority of their crap as it needs deciphering first. bad grammer is one thing but these idiots don't even bother to make an attempt at being understandable.funny how they patronize and think they are so informed and clever yet they write as though English isn't even their 2nd or even 3rd language. which is strange considering this is an English language site. the amount of condecending bullshit that goes on here makes me wonder why many of them read the stuff if they are already experts (self proclaimed). seems to be the same repeat offenders. so glad i don't come across these morons in the real world. come to think of it that's why i don't-they're all on here sprouting their own self importance and believing in their own nonsense. thank the gods i suppose. keeps them busy and out the affairs of real folk.

nevermind mate. your so called crappy english is more legible than most of the know-it-all wankers who tend to comment on the articles in this site. can't stand to read the majority of their crap as it needs deciphering first. bad grammer is one thing but these idiots don't even bother to make an attempt at being understandable.funny how they patronize and think they are so informed and clever yet they write as though English isn't even their 2nd or even 3rd language. which is strange considering this is an English language site. the amount of condecending bullshit that goes on here makes me wonder why many of them read the stuff if they are already experts (self proclaimed). seems to be the same repeat offenders. so glad i don't come across these morons in the real world. come to think of it that's why i don't-they're all on here sprouting their own self importance and believing in their own nonsense. thank the gods i suppose. keeps them busy and out the affairs of real folk.

come to think of it they're very easily spotted.just look for anyone who says 'my friend' when they dribble out their imbecilic comments.

It is unbelievable how hard they try to deform our religion.
It doesn't matter if that document is authentic or not. In every period of history there were liars to wrote such documents.

I don't understand why they want to make us thinking that if an ancient document is authentic (original, etc) then it holds a truth.
That is a wrong way of thinking.

Jesus did not have any wife. He's purpose on Earth was not marriage but Uniting Humanity with God and save it from destruction.

"... I don't understand why they want to make us thinking that if an ancient document is authentic (original, etc) then it holds a truth. That is a wrong way of thinking. ..."

I'm glad you are open to the idea that the 'authentic (original, etc.)' gospels don't hold truths either.....

Christian gospels where not found buried in some forgotten place.
That is the big difference between them and the ancient texts discovered there and there.

1. Christian gospels where written after many years of Christianity by authors who lived with Jesus as Apostles.
2. Before Christian gospels, Christianity was strong in faith. Christians received their faith from Apostles or priests baptized by Apostles. Miracles were present in every day of their life.
They DID NOT RECEIVE their faith from some strange ancient text but from live human beans: Apostles!
3. Christian gospels where written to give a reliable testimony of Apostles to next generations of Christians!
4. There were much more Christian gospels in the world than those 4 we know today.
These 4 Christian gospels where selected by the Christian Church in the 4th century AD as they were the most reliable ones.

So, my dear friend, the Christian gospels where not some ancient forgotten papyrus found under some desert in Asia.
The Christianity does not blindly believe in some unreliable ancient texts.

The Christianity trusted live people(Apostles, priests), saw live miracles (hundreds of them)
and AFTER THAT believed in Jesus Christ and received the baptize.
Many years after those events, their dear Apostles gave them the written testimony: Christian Gospel!

Let me enlighten you my friend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUYRoYl7i6U

Same can be said of Islam, with Muhammad receiving his prophesy from the same Angel that told Mary that she would bear the Christ child

Constantine deformed your 'religion' in 325 at the Council of Nicaea. What came out of that became the Catholic Church and all its deformed children, the Protestant religions.What they teach bears no resemblance whatsoever to what Jesus taught, but the church tried to made sure know one would know that.

Thanks for being one of the ONLY responses that recalls the Council of Nicaea, but most of all for actually understanding how devastating is was to ALL religions (and Women) .

If rabbis were required to be married, why is everyone surprised that JESUS married.

Simple, everyone forgets that Jesus was Jewish.

LOL! Why didn't I think of that...

Rabbis were and still are forbidden to marry

No matter if the man was married or not, the controversy does nothing to alter the message he gave out.

I am under the impression that the Christian powers that be will refute anything that contradicts the official 2,000 year old assumption that he was always single.

My take is simple: since earliest times, Jewish teachers who were called "rabbi" or "master" had to be married. Following that, it stands to reason that he was married. The most logical candidate for that was his "favourite" disciple (according to one gospel) who was Mary Magdalen.

Early legends and tales about her did not mention that she was a "prostitute". That came well after the Roman (Pauline) Church took control over the early Christian churches in the 3rd century and has persisted to this day.

Putting two and two together makes a solid "four" in favour of Jesus being married to Mary Magdalen.

Even if this small scrap of parchment would be proven beyond a doubt that it is authentic, few church officials will accept the findings. Too much of their inherited power is at stake.

Jesus' favorite disciple was either Peter James or John I can't not recall currently which one it was. Mary wasn't a disciple. Also what power do we Christians have.

Jesus, whether real or mythical, spoke Aramaic.
In Aramaic, the word "mar" is the usual title of respect for a grown man - as we use the word "sir" in English. The New Testament phrase "marana tha" means "come, sir".
Other men would not address the wife of a "mar" by name. They would use the feminine form of "mar", which is "martha".
"Martha" is taken to be a name by those who read the NT but don't speak Aramaic. That would be Greeks, Romans, everyone down to modern days. It's not a name, it refers to someone's wife.
Now who would that someone be? Only the "mar" - Jesus.
And where did he get married? Maybe in a place called Cana, where the guests came and asked him for wine. If it was not his wedding, what made him responsible for the catering? Maybe it was not his wedding, though - the other possibility is that it was that of one of his sons.
Either way, he was married, and to the woman referred to as Martha.

Jesus was Jewish and would have spoken hebrew

Also have you never been invited to a wedding as a guest

This is another reason why I believe my GOD is either not being fair or this is really of no concern to him.
However, this is also why I laugh at the scholars who strive to prove themselves worthy to GOD when all GOD has ever wanted was your Faith and trust. Both require no study and are found because your spirit tells you it is true.
His creation has been trudging along for so long ; picking it up saying " it's still good" when all the while GOD keeps throwing it back on the ground. GOD wants your trust and faith and despises your endless hours of studying trying to prove to yourselves; he is real. He doesn't need it or wants it

Jesus wasn't God though. That is an American twist

You are an idiot. The Bible is century's old and is not an American twist. Furthermore in the Bible it states that Jesus will take Israel as his bride also Israel has often been referred to as God's bride in both the OT and NT. Also have you never heard of the Trinity

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