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Papyrus referring to wife of Jesus

Scientists say papyrus referring to wife of Jesus is no fake

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In September, 2012, a faded fragment of papyrus, which has controversially come to be known as 'The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife', made international headlines when it was unveilled by Harvard Divinity School historian Karen L. King.  The announcement, unsurprisingly, was met with both anger and elation, as well as a great deal of skepticism as it contained a phrase never seen before in any other scripture: " Jesus said to them, my wife…." , and " she will be able to be my disciple", a phrase that stirred debate over whether women should be allowed to be priests.  An editorial in the Vatican’s newspaper declared that the papyrus was a fake, as did a number of other scholars. However, the fragment has now 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 papyrus fragment has now been tested by scientists at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), who carried out carbon-dating as well as micro-Raman spectroscopy to determine the chemical composition of the ink. The results revealed that: the papyrus can be dated to approximately 700 to 800 AD, it is consistent with other papyri from the fourth to the eight centuries, the carbon black ink (actually a type of pigment) was typical of that used on other papyri of the time, and the text did not show any variations or inconsistencies which would suggest doctoring.

The text is written in Sahidic, a language of ancient Egypt, and the study authors have suggested that it may be a transcription of an earlier Coptic text that was based on a Greek copy made centuries earlier, as many early Christian gospels are. Therefore, a date of 700 to 800 AD does not mean that this was the first time the text appeared.

However, scientific analysis is not always enough to convince some. The Harvard Theological review, is also publishing a counter piece by Egyptologist at Brown University, Leo Depuydt, whose paper predates the scientific analysis. According to a report on the story in the New York Times , Dr Depuydt said that testing the fragment was irrelevant and he saw “no need to inspect it”. He said he decided that it is a fake based on a newspaper photograph of the papyrus in which he saw “grammatical errors”, as well as similarity to writing in the Gospel of Thomas. In a rebuttal, King finds Depuydt’s textual analysis unpersuasive.

Dr King has been quick to point out that the test results do not prove that Jesus had a wife or disciples who were women, only that the fragment is ancient rather than forged. She does hope, however, that the discussion, commentary, and focus can now move on from ‘is it fake?’ to ‘what does all this mean?’

Featured image:  The front of a papyrus fragment from an early Christian codex on which is written the Gospel of Jesus's Wife. Photo credit: Karen L. King

By April Holloway

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Following my above comment.
See the documentary 'Zeitgeist' not the Addendum.

I just love the CAPTCHAS, they challenge me.

What is your education and background.. You speak as if you were there... People are entitled to their opinions and you are blatantly saying they are wrong. Opinions are not "wrong".

I don't really know how to even respond to a post like this one?...Nevertheless, if you had done your homework you would have known that Mithraism, even though it predates Christianity (but not Judaism), borrowed heavily from Christianity after the birth of the latter...The Mithridatic blood baptism, etc were all borrowed directly from Christianity and those reforms were post-christian. Thus, Mithraism, like many forms of paganism, even though many forms of paganism predate Christianity, borrowed heavily and almost exclusively from Christianity after the 2nd century A.D. - Check out the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate's pagan reforms in the 4th century, and which religion he solely immulated with his reforms for just one of many examples I could site...As for astrology - maybe, using your logic, we should say that the Church got its 12 apostles from the lunar calendar with its 12 months?...One could go on and on with such silliness, but you see my point?...

Jesus was evoluted from the previous religion Mithraism. Mithraism paid homage to the Sun of God, Christianity pays homage to the Son of God. The 12 disciples represent the 12 signs of the zodiac. From our earthly
perspective the 12 signs revolve around the Sun. Today the zodiac is represented mainly with animals. Pisces is represented by two fish, Virgo is represented by a woman holding a sheaf of corn and is sometimes represented along with 5 loaves of bread. Pisces is opposite Virgo in the zodiac and oppositions are very important in Astrology. Sounds familiar doesn't it, 5 loaves and two fish? What walks on water and what turns water to wine? Watch the Sun of God on a rippling lake surface, it walks on water. The Sun of God turns water into wine along with a few grape vines.
I could go on and on for a long time but for those that are interested I have simply made a point, worth looking into.

The gnostic texts did not comply with the dogma the "church" was setting out! Self importance of the male species has thrown us way way way off course and it will be a horrific end to us all if you don't realize the error of christiandom immediately!

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