Skip to comments.Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say
Posted on 04/10/2014 1:54:14 PM PDT by mojito
A faded fragment of papyrus known as the Gospel of Jesuss Wife, which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity School historian in 2012, has been tested by scientists who conclude in a journal published on Thursday that the ink and papyrus are very likely ancient, and not a modern forgery.
Skepticism about the tiny scrap of papyrus has been fierce because it contained a phrase never before seen in any piece of Scripture: Jesus said to them, My wife... Too convenient for some, it also contained the words she will be able to be my disciple, a clause that inflamed the debate in some churches over whether women should be allowed to be priests.
The papyrus fragment has now been analyzed by professors of electrical engineering, chemistry and biology at Columbia University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who reported that it resembles other ancient papyri from the fourth to the eighth centuries. (Scientists at the University of Arizona, who dated the fragment to centuries before the birth of Jesus, concluded that their results were unreliable.)
The test results do not prove that Jesus had a wife or disciples who were women, only that the fragment is more likely a snippet from an ancient manuscript than a fake, the scholars agree.
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Actually, although I'm not an expert on ancient papyrii, I believe that the text will be found to read not "Jesus said to them ""My wife....""; but rather, "Jesus said the them, ""My lesbian wife...."
And I was told this by the Archbishop of Canterbury. I swear.
It could just be a really old blasphemy
Wow, you would think Easter was coming up soon or something.
An ancient forgery, not a modern forgery. Truth has a hard time surviving at Harvard.
Anything to spread doubt and misleading information, thats for sure.
The fragment was dated to the 4th to 8th century, so it could very well be some wild gnostic nonsense of the time, rather than the gnostic nonsense of today. However, and science notwithstanding, I still suspect the later.
An Ancient Fake
‘Jesus’ (Yeshu or Yeshua see Chronicles II 31:15) was a common name in those days.
Many people were named Jesus.
One is a work of fiction, created by men with a political agenda, and unsubstantiated by facts.
The other is The Word of God.
Written by a crack-pot. There have always been crack-pots and will always be crack-pots. This was written a long time ago by a crack-pot.
“Jesus didn’t really exist, wasn’t really crucified, wasn’t resurrected, but He had a wife...” < /liberal left >
Any Bible scholars or practicing Jews: Wouldn’t a rabbi have to have a wife to be taken seriously, or am I misunderstanding the practices back then?
Is there anything in this new papyrus about Jesus leaving the seat down or not taking out the garbage?
Knocking the Catholic religion seems to be common before Easter and Christmas. The gnostic gospels were thrown out because they were about 200-300 years after Jesus. So they were ancient, but it would be like me writing George Washington’s ‘autobiography’.
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