• Why I Don’t Care if Jesus Was Married

    A month or so ago, news broke that a new found papyrus might reveal that Jesus was married:

     A previously unknown scrap of ancient papyrus written in ancient Egyptian Coptic includes the words “Jesus said to them, my wife,” — a discovery likely to renew a fierce debate in the Christian world over whether Jesus was married.

    I really couldn’t care less. Seriously: the wicked teachings of Jesus are not my moral compass, and my values or believes won’t change a bit if he got to get married.

    For me, it would be even as shocking as if 2000 years from now, someone found a piece of paper saying Harry Potter got divorced from Ginny Weasley – even though, let it be noted, the internal consistency of the Harry Potter books is far greater than that of the Bible.

    By the way, this whole Jesus’ wife gospel thing was debunked by Antonio Piñero, professor of classical philology at the Complutense University of Madrid and one of the world’s leading experts on early Christianity:

    Professor [Karen] King, with an evident sensationalist desire, has invented a Gnostic gospel that does not exist. This tiny papyrus would be the only evidence. In her article she argues that she grants it the title of “The Gospel of Jesus’ wife” for comfort, to “make understand”. But I fear that this invention, spread by her in her article (and I guess also for the self-interest of the New York Times) will eventually take a naturalization and be accepted by people as if it did exist.

    Karen King is also the co-author of that other piece of fiction titled Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity.

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    • oldebabe

      I don’t care either, one way or the other. What difference does it make? I expect it’s the same for most people, except for those who are religious Christians. It’s just a non-issue.

      • Exactly! It would be even more of a non-issue if the media didn’t make all that fuzz about it!

    • W-S

      The evidence for this scrap doesn’t sound the best from what little I’ve read. Conservative Christians seem to cry “foul” a little unfairly though. What is more likely, that Jesus was married or that he walked on water/healed the sick/rose from the dead/changed water into wine…

      • Obviously being born to a virgin! That’s the more likely of them all.