Was Jesus Married?

by Christopher Paul on September 18, 2012

Was Jesus married? Scholars aren't sure but a piece of papyrus has reopened the debate:

The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, "she will be able to be my disciple."

Of course, people assume it was Mary Magdalene and this is not proof Jesus was married. All it does is put forth the idea that early Christianity might have considered a woman differently than the church does today. Some experts question the authenticity for reasons I'll let you read on your own. Nevertheless, I find the discovery fascinating.

via Kottke

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