Blogger Jack Swint opines at his Op Ed News site:
It wasn’t that long ago that scholars were re-debating over whether or not the Shroud Of Turin Is Authentic or not. That 2011 report did its best to refute the hypothesis that the Shroud might be the work of a medieval forger. But, in the end, there is no scientific or theological proof that the Shroud is authentic.
Now, it appears a new topic for Christianity, and its doubters, will be in debating whether or not Jesus was married. Does it actually matter if he had a wife? Does it take away from the overall belief that Jesus Christ is both the Son Of God and the greatest man who ever lived? No!
Bottom-line; let’s not lose any sleep over it.
It is a new topic with legs. Here is how Time summarizes the story:
On Tuesday, Harvard historian Karen L. King presented to the world a small papyrus fragment, which she calls The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife. It could suggest Jesus was indeed married: “Jesus said to them, my wife … she will be able to be my disciple” reads a part of the fragment of a Coptic codex dating back to the fourth century A.D. “ This is the only extant ancient text which explicitly portrays Jesus as referring to a wife,” King, who is the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard’s Divinity School, wrote in a draft paper presented at a conference in Rome.
Here are some useful links:
- Draft Paper
- YouTube: Presentation by Karen King
- Huffington Post: News: ‘The Gospel Of Jesus‘ Wife,’ New Early Christian Text, IndicatesJesus May Have Been Married
- ABC News: Was Jesus Married? Ancient Papyrus Mentions His ‘Wife‘ – ABC News
- BBC News: Ancient fragment makes reference to the ‘wife of Jesus‘
- New York Times: Historian Says Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus‘ Wife