New Study Reveals Jesus’ Marital Status

"Christ's Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection" - Alexander Ivanov (1806 - 1858)
“Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection” – Alexander Ivanov (1806 – 1858)

Columbia University scientists analyzed the highly controversial manuscript called the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” running new tests on the ancient document’s ink, in a new report that will be published soon in a peer-reviewed journal.

The business card-sized papyrus fragment, which is written in the Coptic language and contains a line that reads “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’,” alluding to a woman named “Mary,” possibly Mary Magdalene, has been dated around the fourth century AD by Harvard University professor Karen King.

King decided to present the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” a document that she had obtained from a donor, at the International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome in 2012, in her effort to highlight the importance of understanding early Christian debates about Jesus and his life.

“This gospel fragment provides a reason to reconsider what we thought we knew by asking what role claims of Jesus’ marital status played historically in early Christian controversies over marriage, celibacy and family,” King claimed regarding the mysterious ancient manuscript.

Meanwhile, German scientist Christian Askeland from the Institute for Septuagint and Biblical Research in Wuppertal, Germany, stated last year that the Coptic fragment of the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” and another ancient manuscript, the “Gospel of John,” may be simple forgeries, as they share significant similarities, such as “the same ink, writing implement and scribal hand.”

“In our first exploration, we did state that the ink used for the two documents of interest [the John papyrus and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife] was quite different,” Columbia researcher James Yardley revealed to Live Science, refuting Askeland’s previous claims, while he added: “The more recent results do confirm this observation strongly.”

Harvard Divinity School
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  1. Most Christians today are reasonably tolerant but during that era they were just as bad as ISIS. Christians were so intolerant they even destroyed the old Greek religion
    (whose tacticians were far more tolerant than Christians of that era). Early Christianity was a catastrophe for Europe. Fundamentalist Christians destroyed antiquity and brought on a regressive barbarism that lasted for a thousand years.

    That said, the christian church in Greece had one redeeming feature. They tried to preserve ancient Greek books and language. If it hadn’t been for the church it is very possible we would have been assimilated into Islamist under the Ottomans (which is what the majority of the modern Turkish population represents… assimilated locals that lost their identities to Turkish nationalist ideology)

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