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Jesus had a wife – Not
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Where is the major media coverage on the fourth century papyrus which gives Jesus a wife. We should all remember the headlines of two weeks ago. This news was suppose to rock the Christian community and have far reaching implications. I don't think a pastor covered it from a pulpit. There were no Christian groups discussing it other than those dismissing it as a fake. Because Christians were not concerned, there was no longer any news.
Fake fourth century papyrus
Alberto Camplani, a Coptic scholar, doubts authenticity
Coptic scholar Alberto Camplani criticized the “fourth-century papyrus” as lacking archaeological attribution upon purchase, according to the Associated Press. It appears that the document has not been authenticated.
Dr. Karen King, the Harvard religion professor who published the discovery, included a caveat in her conclusions: this “does not provide evidence that the historical Jesus was married.” Instead, it provided “direct evidence that claims about Jesus’ marital status first arose over a century after the death of Jesus in the context of intra-Christian controversies over sexuality, marriage, and discipleship.”
Harvard theologian has his doubts
Helmut Koester, a professor emeritus of Harvard Divinity School and a former 25-year editor of the journal, said in an interview that he heard "they did not want to publish because of doubts from two respected scholars." Koester, who specializes in early Christianity and early Christian archaeology, added that after seeing an evaluation of King's work from a colleague in the field, he was "absolutely convinced that this is a modern forgery."
The ABC News report states, “King’s paper has been submitted to the Harvard Theological Review, a peer-reviewed journal. The journal said it would await testing on the fragment’s ink to help determine its authenticity.”
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