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A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife
NY Times ^ | September 18, 2012 | Laurie Goodstein

Posted on 09/18/2012 2:35:59 PM PDT by Altariel

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ”

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.”

The finding was made public in Rome on Tuesday at an international meeting of Coptic scholars by Karen L. King, a historian who has published several books about new Gospel discoveries and is the first woman to hold the nation’s oldest endowed chair, the Hollis professor of divinity.

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1 posted on 09/18/2012 2:36:04 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

It is from 4th century, enough said.


2 posted on 09/18/2012 2:37:10 PM PDT by scbison
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To: Altariel; shibumi

“Frog snot” ping.


3 posted on 09/18/2012 2:37:46 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: Altariel; scbison

(sigh) Dan Brown redux.


4 posted on 09/18/2012 2:38:13 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: scbison

The missing bits actually said “Take my wife, please.”


5 posted on 09/18/2012 2:39:08 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: Altariel

This is obviously a righteous justification for riots by all Christians world wide at American embassies... Well... Just saying folks.


6 posted on 09/18/2012 2:42:48 PM PDT by jerod (Pro-Abortion Gun Control Freaks & Environmental Nuts who hated Capitalism? The Nazi's)
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To: jerod

Jesus’ prenup?


7 posted on 09/18/2012 2:43:30 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Altariel

Myself, I think Jesus was married for the simple reason that for Him not to have been married in His time would have been remarkable enough that one of the Apostles would have mentioned it. His having a wife would’ve rated a “Yeah, and..?” from the men of His time so it is not surprising that His marriage would not be mentioned.

Besides, His being married explains why He was always out with the guys.


8 posted on 09/18/2012 2:45:43 PM PDT by MeganC (The Cinemark theatre in Aurora, CO is a 'Gun Free Zone'. Spread the word.)
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To: Altariel

Too much missing to even speculate believably. The Church is Christ’s bride, right?

It would have been unusual for an observant Jewish man of thirty or so to be unmarried in those times, though. Or, maybe I’m wrong. Any of our Beloved Elder Brethren care to comment?


9 posted on 09/18/2012 2:45:46 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

I have long been convinced the wedding at Cana was in fact the marriage of Jesus.


10 posted on 09/18/2012 2:47:41 PM PDT by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: JimRed

“Or, maybe I’m wrong. Any of our Beloved Elder Brethren care to comment?”

It’s Rosh Hasshana (sp?), I think. Missing all my usual Jewish Freepers.


11 posted on 09/18/2012 2:48:36 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (I will never vote for Romney. Ever.)
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To: Altariel

A wife??? The libs say Jesus was gay!


12 posted on 09/18/2012 2:50:31 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: djf

Not saying you are wrong, but knowing he would be put to death I think he would have been awfully reluctant to put a wife through that ordeal.


13 posted on 09/18/2012 2:50:40 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Altariel

Joshua was a common name


14 posted on 09/18/2012 2:51:31 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Altariel

Karen L. King is a member of the ‘Jesus Seminar’, which denies the divinity of Christ.


15 posted on 09/18/2012 2:52:26 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: JimRed
It would have been unusual for an observant Jewish man of thirty or so to be unmarried in those times, though. Or, maybe I’m wrong. Any of our Beloved Elder Brethren care to comment?

Also unusual to heal the sick, walk on wate, raise the dead and forgive sins.

16 posted on 09/18/2012 2:52:42 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Altariel

Woman has an agenda, look at her books:

“Her books include The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; What Is Gnosticism?; Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels); and Revelation of the Unknowable God. Other publications include Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism (ed.) and Women and Goddess Traditions in Antiquity and Today (ed.). Her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of normativity (orthodoxy and heresy), gender studies, and religion and violence.”


17 posted on 09/18/2012 2:53:53 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Altariel

So what . . . say that this is true, the Bible said it clearly . . .

“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife” (Revelation 21:9)

When Jesus speaks of his wife, surely it is the church, His bride, that He is referring to.


18 posted on 09/18/2012 2:54:17 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Altariel
What was this one from - the 'Epistle of Judas', or the 'Epistle of Thomas'?
Yes, Satan has never ceased his attack on the Word of God (the Word made Flesh, and the Written Word), as well as on the Bride of Christ. There were many 'pseudographias' written as Satan tried to deceive (he is called the deceiver for a reason). Peter, Paul, and John all referenced false letters and prophets that were trying to bring in damnable heresies. And this was even in the first Century AD. And, of course, we all know of the infamous false book that got launched around 650 AD.
All that being so, God protects His Word and makes sure that the Bride of Christ is not left alone.
The Early Church knew which scriptures were real, and they kept them even if it cost them there lives (which was often the case until the time of Constantine).

So sure, someone found a papyrus scrap that says something contrary to the Received Word of God. We will stick with the Word that has been passed down and protected, not some scrap from some heretical writing that has long been discarded.

19 posted on 09/18/2012 2:56:52 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: djf

Explain?


20 posted on 09/18/2012 2:57:43 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard
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