‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ revealed in Rome
Professor Karen L. King presented a small scrap of papyrus at the International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, my wife.”
Dubbed the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, it also includes the line, “she will be able to be my disciple,” and references to Mary, who King said might be Mary Magdalene.
Christianity has long debated if Jesus married Mary, the first person reputed to have seen Jesus after his resurrection.
The papyrus is torn from a larger piece, meaning text from all sides is missing.
King, a professor at Harvard Divinity School, said that phrase has never before been seen in scripture.
“Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married, even though no reliable historical evidence exists to support that claim,” King told the Harvard News Office.
She cautioned, however, that the 1 1/2- by 3-inch scrap of fibrous material isn’t definitive proof that Jesus was actually married. [More]