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.
Just a few days ago, daveb emailed me to remind me about it:
Curious about strange recent media silence about Karen King’s "discovery" of the so-called Jesus-wife Coptic fragment last September, I went searching for any recent reports over the last month. Apparently Karen King’s paper didn’t make the January issue of Harvard Theological Review as testing is still continuing – this still seems to be the current postion, reported as recently as at January 4. There still seems to be an intention to publish eventually, but I could find no hints of even any interim testing results, or suggestions as to what the tests might reveal. The position still seems to be "Watch this space!" Given the announced intention for eventual publication, it seems most curious.
Now, Stoyan Zaimov from the Christian Post provides an update:
The Harvard Theological Review’s latest journal has left out the long-awaited article describing the discovery of a Coptic papyrus fragment believed to reference the wife of Jesus, after it was announced that more tests need to be conducted to determine the legitimacy of the artifact.
"We’re moving ahead with the testing, but it is not yet complete, and so the article will await until we have the results," Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King shared with CNN.
"The owner of the fragment has been making arrangements for further testing and analysis of the fragment, including testing by independent laboratories with the resources and specific expertise necessary to produce and interpret reliable results. . . .
Sounds like it could be a long time. Nothing to lose sleep over.