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Stop the Press! Jesus was Married! Oh No!

Last edited 19th September 2012

Stop the Press! Jesus was Married! Oh No!

Actually no, Jesus was not married, just to clear that up. The Da Vinci Code may have come and gone, but the same dubious "scholarship", breathless "gotcha!" tactics, and general, sloppy silliness lives on - in the New York Times and the Sydney Morning Herald:

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 …'”

However this article is backloaded so that the proper historical context isn't really provided until the eighth paragraph, which states that the historian "repeatedly cautioned that this fragment should not be taken as proof that Jesus, the historical person, was actually married." Click here for a Catholic response.

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Daniel Amos
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Daniel Amos wrote at 4:27am on September 19th 2012
Thanks for this Xt3. The first thing I did when I saw the news was come here and, low and behold, we have a nice little rebuttal. Thanks!

I was wondering though, could you update this page with some more scholarly inputs as they come to lo light. The more articles rebutting the better.

Mary B
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Mary B wrote at 5:18am on September 19th 2012
Hi Daniel, your wish is our command! We have already added another article.
Anthony M
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Anthony M wrote at 5:44am on September 19th 2012
Daniel and Mary,

Here is an easy-to-understand rebuttal from popular American catholic apologist, Jimmy Akin:

If you think it is alright, it may be helpful to post it underneath 'Further Reading'.


Mary B
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Mary B wrote at 6:55am on September 19th 2012
Excellent find Anthony, thank you! We have added it to the 'Further Reading' section above.