Archeologists Debating Jesus' Relationship Status Again
September 19, 2012
Harvard Professor of Divinity Karen King has unearthed a fourth-century scrap of parchment that is re-igniting the Davinci Code debate regarding Jesus' relationship status. According to King, the parchment reads, "Jesus said to them, 'my wife ...'" She says this piece proves some early traditions believed that Jesus was married, saying, "This new gospel doesn't prove that Jesus was married, but it tells us that the whole question only came up as part of vociferous debates about sexuality and marriage. From the very beginning, Christians disagreed about whether it was better not to marry, but it was over a century after Jesus' death before they began appealing to Jesus' marital status to support their positions." The parchment will undergo a few further tests to determine its validity, but two independent experts have already varified its age.
In the meantime, The Atlantic is pointing out that canonized Scripture already refers to Jesus' wife multiple times: the Church. Were the parchment's validity authenticated, it would not be outside of the accepted tradition of Jesus referring to himself as a bridegroom ...