Content Section
HOLY MATRIMONY? Historian: Jesus Had a Wife Karen L. King

Historian: Jesus Had a Wife

Was Jesus married? That’s a question Harvard historian Karen King may be closer to answering with a newly revealed scrap of papyrus. Smaller than a business card, the fragment reads “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ... ’” and then goes on to quote him as saying “she will be able to be my disciple.” The papyrus has eight lines of text and was written in Coptic in the fourth century. A handful of other scholars have concluded it is most likely authentic, though where the relic came from is a mystery. The owner has chosen to remain anonymous.

September 18, 2012 1:57 PM