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Newly revealed Coptic fragment has Jesus making reference to 'my wife'
September 18th, 2012
03:28 PM ET

Newly revealed Coptic fragment has Jesus making reference to 'my wife'

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - A newly revealed, centuries-old papyrus fragment suggests that some early Christians might have believed Jesus was married. The fragment, written in Coptic, a language used by Egyptian Christians, says in part, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ..."

Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King announced the findings of the 1 1/2- by 3-inch honey-colored fragment on Tuesday in Rome at the International Association for Coptic Studies.

King has been quick to add this discovered text "does not, however, provide evidence that the historical Jesus was married," she wrote in a draft of her analysis of the fragment set to appear in the January edition of Harvard Theological Review. The divinity school has posted a draft of King's article to which AnneMarie Luijendijk, an associate professor of religion at Princeton University, contributed.

"This fragment, this new piece of papyrus evidence, does not prove that (Jesus) was married, nor does it prove that he was not married. The earliest reliable historical tradition is completely silent on that. So we're in the same position we were before it was found. We don't know if he was married or not," King said in a conference call with reporters.

"What I'm really quick to say is to cut off people who would say this is proof that Jesus was married because historically speaking, it's much too late to constitute historical evidence," she continued. "I'm not saying he was, I'm not saying he wasn't. I'm saying this doesn't help us with that question," she continued.

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In the accounts of Jesus' life in the Bible, there is no mention of his marital status, while the accounts do mention Jesus' mother, father and siblings. The four Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - tell the story of Jesus' birth and early childhood then skip to his short, three-year ministry before detailing his death and resurrection.

The idea that Jesus was married is not a new one.

In other writings about the life of Jesus from antiquity suggest Jesus may have been married to Mary Magdalene, a disciple who was close to Jesus. Author Dan Brown also used the idea of Jesus being married as a jumping off point for the fictional novel "The Da Vinci Code." King dismissed that notion in her call with reporters.

“There’s no indication we have that Jesus was married,” said Darrell Bock, a senior research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. “One could say the text is silent on Jesus’ marital status is because there was nothing to say.”

Initial dating for the honey-colored fragment by the team of scholars puts the papyrus piece coming out of the middle of the second century.

King is referring to the fragment as the "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife" or "GosJesWife" as a short hand for reference, and noting that the abbreviation does not mean this scrap has the same historical weight as the canonical Gospels.

Biblical scholars often use the term gospel to refer to a genre of ancient writings featuring dialogue between Jesus and his disciples, King notes in her paper. The Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Judas are just a few of the ancient accounts about the life of Jesus that Christians do not consider canonical.

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At the conference, King said another professor suggested the fragment could have come from the text of a homily, or sermon, where the writer was using this phrase as a literary device. She told reporters that while she will consider that as a possibility, the fragment is “probably a gospel. Probably from the second century and most close to the Gospels of Mary, Thomas and Philip.”

Bock agreed with the notion that the text fragment shared similarities with those gospels, called the Gnostic Gospels, which were the writings of an early outlier sect of Christians. He said the text could be referring to a "gnostic rite of marriage that is a picture of the church and Jesus, not a real wife."

But he added, "it’s a small text with very little context. We don’t know what’s wrapped around it to know what it’s saying.”

Bock said it’s likely to be a gnostic text if it proves to be authentic. “The whole text needs vetting. She’s doing the right thing to release it and let scholars take a look at,” he said, adding “it’s a little bit like trying to analyze the game in the first quarter.”

“It’s a historical curiosity but doesn’t really tell us who Jesus was,” Bock said. “It’s one small speck of a text in a mountain of texts of about Jesus.”

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The owner of the fragment has been identified by King as a private collector who has asked to stay anonymous. The owner brought the fragment to Harvard have King examine it in December 2011.

King then brought it to the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. Roger Bagnall, the institute's director and an expert on papyrus, examined it and determined it to be authentic, Bangall confirmed to CNN.

Ariel Shisha-Halevy, professor of linguistics at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, who was asked to examine the authenticity, according to the draft of the article, told King via e-mail, “I believe - on the basis of language and grammar - the text is authentic. That is to say, all its grammatical ‘noteworthy’ features, separately or conjointly, do not warrant condemning it as forgery.”

Little is known about the origin of the text. Because both sides of the fragment have writing on them, King said it could have come out of a book rather than a scroll.

"Just like most of the earliest papyri of the New Testament and other literary and documentary papyri, a fragment this damaged could have come from an ancient garbage heap," the King says building on prior research by Luijendijk.

King writes "the importance of the 'Gospel of Jesus’ Wife' lies in supplying a new voice within the diverse chorus of early Christian traditions about Jesus that documents that some Christians depicted Jesus as married."

The Smithsonian Channel also announced Monday that it will air a special on King's findings on September 30.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (4,539 Responses)
  1. kweso

    I'm waiting to hear from the Pope and his people on this one. "Jesus had some."

    September 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • sam

      It was just the tip, tho.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • AboutTime

      Can we finally take "Jesus" off this godly pedestal. Can we stop thinking the whole world is only 6,000 years old, There is no magic man in the sky.

      Guess what, when we die.....we die. Sorry but that's it. The Christian "religion" is no better than the archaic stupid muslim "religion"

      It's all a joke and such a waste of time. How many lives and years of productivity have been lost because of wars or actions over friggen religion.

      Can we get onto things that actually matter now???

      Geez

      September 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • JHC

      Okay, AboutTime,

      Why do you waste any of your precious time worry about what Christians, Muslims, etc believe...Maybe you protest too much?

      Anyway...find the missing link and get on with it already @sswipe!

      September 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Bulldog Jacks

      AboutTime,

      This still doesn't mean Jesus wasn't perfect. Marriage is not a sin at all. Actually, centuries ago, a woman was courted and married before there were any "relation", so in no way does this even translate to sin

      September 19, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • IrishinToronto

      I swear god, I was thinking about you the whole time!

      September 19, 2012 at 2:12 am |
    • Steve

      Bulldog, but was jesus perfect? It says in the bible that he does not know the time of the end, only the father does. Hence he does not know anything. It also says "he was growing in wisdom", this implies he at one point did not know everything either but was learning. Also not perfect. Finally, Jesus was wrong in stating "that some of you standing here will not taste death" before he returns. Clearly that never occured and was a false prophecy (this and countless other failures over the last 2,000 years). I think it is time humanity moves on from this sillyness of a perfect man living 2,000 years ago who has come to save humanity.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Smith39

      Steve, actually Matt 16:28 which you are referring to does not mean his second coming but the establishment of his kingdom which was the church. He is referencing the ultimate fulfillment of the prophecy from Daniel chapter 2 (the dream of Nebuchadnezzar) which takes place in Acts chapter 2 on the day of pentecost after his ascension. Also because there are roles in the God head and the father alone knows the day of judgement how does that declare that Jesus is not perfect? As far as the wisdom part he still lived as a man so his growth and development would have become more and more prevalent to those around him but it is clear that he possessed overwhelming knowledge through accounts such as him amazing the teachers in Luke 2:39-52.

      September 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  2. roger

    Let's not forget that the "Bride of Christ', is common New Testament terminology for the church. Without knowing much more about the context of the fragment, "wife" here could be such a reference.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • old ben

      Well thanks for clearing that up – I always thought the Bride of Christ referred to Carrie's mama.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • sam

      I don't know...that's pretty convenient.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • AboutTime

      Seriously? That's a bit of a reach don't you think.

      It's like playing a game with a 2 year old. The rules and procedures keep changing.

      Atleast come up with something a little better than that. New Testament = um, we need to fix things because people have become smarter and able to think for themselves.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Devin

      Interesting thought, sir. I wouldn't have made that connection. I hope they have more fragments to compare to, I'd love to see a more cogent line of writing. It's kind of infuriating that this is all they have to say on the matter.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Voxman

      Bride of Christ....really...that's what you think it means....READ the bible instead of being told what's in it.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • N

      roger didn't come up with this idea, it was mentioned at approximately paragraph 14 in the article.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • IrishinToronto

      Historians (real ones not vatican ones) have know Jesus was married for a long time. He wouldn't have been allowed in the temple if he wasn't married. Well known Jewish custom at the time.

      September 19, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  3. james

    Well...when you good people float on up there, just ask him. I guess this craziness will never end.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Alicia

      James.. why don't you come "float up" with us... we could use more.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • cult

      Alicia,

      Use what... more cult followers. Sad 😦

      September 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  4. Sunflower

    Old news... There is actually quite a bit of evidence to support that he WAS INDEED MARRIED. The Catholic Church of course has gone to great lengths to supress this, but it exists nevertheless. Not to mention Jewsish tradition and culture of the time expected it's Rabis to be married. There are stories and verses in the bible that would lend to this as well...There is also a village in France the celebrates the birthday of Jesus' daughter Sarah, every year. Get with the program... This is VERY old news.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Got some good evidence from the 1st century AD to back up your statement?

      September 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Alicia

      Sunflower...

      You win the grand prize for not interpreting the article coherently.

      There are 3 ways to interpret the scroll.... I won't go back over that again.

      Enjoy your prize.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Spike

      All major media outlets are controlled by FALSE JEWS and we send our TAX MONEY to Israel, what a JOKE.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • sam

      oh nooooooo, watch out, it's false jooooooooooz........

      September 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • lowellthomson

      Well ... technically there's no evidence he even existed. Hearsay from 200 years after the fact in a relgious text - the only references to him that are even close to contemperous - does not count as evidence. Conversely, there is evidence because of MULTIPLE texts that Pontius Pilot and Herod were real people.

      September 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  5. lee

    Wife or no wife, if the guy even existed at all he certainly wasn't god/the son of god.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Spike

      ... and I say he is the Son of God, only False Jews don't beleive that

      September 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • YoozYerBrain

      Hey Spike WHA? I think you sprained my brain...wouldn't a False jew be a christian?

      September 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • sam

      Spike's taking up some free computer time in the library while his meds are being mixed in the pharmacy next door.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  6. Mark

    it has always astounded me that the first writings of Jesus occurred about 60 years after his death. earlier references were made in the form of spoken language through hymns.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Dave

      Actually I think the gospels were written around 60 A.D. Which would be about 30 years after Jesus' death.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • joeymom

      The earliest parts of the New Testament are actually the Pauline Letters, 40-60CE, then Gospel of Mark, probably around 70CE. Everything else is significantly later, through the 3rd century CE.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      Oral histories are generally acceptable forms of transferring information from one generation to another in societies where writing is less common.

      September 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @David

      The earliest copy of 1 gospel is dated to about 70CE at the conservative spectrum, and between 90-110 by others. The earliest we have of the rest is betweeen 80CE+.

      @Bill Deacon

      It may be acceptable in that culture, but it takes the reliability of information down significantly.

      September 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  7. Snow

    let the denials begin.. "Oh, no true believer would..", "These heathens will burn in hell for..".. "The bible is quite clear that.." and so on and so on..

    and then the funny persecution complex people can come on board.. "Why do people still..", "How can they say such thing, haven't we been punished enough.." and blah and blah..

    bottom line.. does him being married or not have any bearing on his teachings?

    September 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Spike

      ... Yeah it does matter, because in the False Jew mind they are trying to down him let they always do in their movies and the American Citizens support Israel with their HARD EARNED TAXES

      September 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • sam

      No, it doesn't mean anything for his teachings. However, no christian wants to think their savior was a dirty birdie and got it on with anyone. Incest is ok but Jesus = no sex.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Devin

      Snow, I don't think it matters in regard to His message. And personally, I'm kind of rooting for Him to have been married to Mary Magdalene!

      Sam, you're such a dork! "Dirty birdie..." That's funny. And honestly, I don't think I'd mind one bit if my Savior got a little for what He went through!

      September 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Spike...Dude, your logic chip has burned out; get an upgrade.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Zarem

      No, I do not think it would really change anything. Also His blood line would have to be saved just like anyone else.

      September 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  8. Brenda

    He could have been taking figuratively for all we know, like "my wife is my followers for I am married and devoted to the people". Why would I jump to assume he had a wife based on an incomplete sentence?

    September 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      I'm sure when people mention their wife to me that they are speaking allegorically.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • joeymom

      But in Coptic texts, it was very common for Jesus to speak metaphorically.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      Have ever heard anyone say "My pets are my kids" or "I'm married to my job" I know I have heard people say "I.....was... talking to....... Jesus....about my wife....... He said........ three times....

      September 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  9. Robert

    At lease is was not Jesus Partner

    September 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Josh

      Well said, sir.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  10. Mark Scott

    It's not written in the bible, which is HIS word. This is blasphemous jewish cult paraphernalia and should be ignored by true believers who do not want to spend eternity in hell.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • sam

      We need to turn this blog into a drinking game. This is 'threat of hell #1' Everybody grab a shot.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • what?

      mark...the bible was put together by many authors over a long period of time...so...uh...it also got retranslated and stuff...but I'm sure you know that already. It's man's word.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Ben

      Yeah, except the only problem is that He didn't "write" the bible. It was compiled by the church fathers at the council of nicea

      September 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Sam

      If I have to take a shot every time I am threatened with hell I'll be three sheets to the wind in under a half hour. You take a shot, I'm getting more beer.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Pete/Ark

      The Bible most Americans know was written on the orders of an English King (James) at a time when few common people could even read...his (not His) word...

      September 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • old ben

      You're right sam.. Oh crap – I lost three tokens from a shot to the groin from the capital H word.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Rscan1

      What is HIS word exactly? That bible book written by man? And you call it "real?" Adam & Eve = Fairy Tale. Snakes don't talk and trees are not magic and women aren't made from ribs.

      How do you explain the existence of the dinosaur we call "crocodile?" Oh wait...you don't.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • hmmm

      Well there are many references to the 'Bride' of Christ which is the church.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Spike

      Lots of people were named Jesus, remember that box full of bones they claimed to be the bones of Jesus and it was not true? You are right, the false Jews put out this junk and always make sure to use Jesus name in vain in their movies. We should boycott any movies that use Jesus name in vain and there should be a rating for this

      September 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Robert

      Sam, drunkards aren't allowed in heaven so we'll all be going to hell. Going to get my shot glass and whiskey. *Hick-up*

      September 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Spike

      I cant tell if your trolling or just plain crazy.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Anni

      ummm, Jesus was a practicing Jew, and Coptic is Christian, so get over your very unlike Jesus ignorance and anti-semitism.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • sam

      Ok, with the nonstop imminent threat of hell, we'll have to downgrade that one to 'sip'. 'Blasphemy,' though, always means a shot.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Sebastian

      The bible is so said to be go's word but who put it together? oh yea thats right men put it together, and they have changed many things in the past within the bible to please the ignorant followers that only believe in on what the preist says. Jesus had many more disciples but only a few got put in in the bible? why would that be? maybe interest in controling humanity i cant say for sure but men controlled what was put in the bible. oh yea and Jesus was born Jewish and he died Jewish so yea it waas probably Jews that wrote this but does it really matter? you either believe it or not the point is Jesus as much of God's son he was human with human emotions and capabilities so why is it so bad that he had a wife? grow up

      September 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Spike

      @anni

      Did you notice I Said "FALSE JEWS". The Jews in Israel are not the Original Jews. Do some research on it

      September 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • sam

      We need to know how to tell a real one from a false one...is there a litmus test, or...?

      September 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Mark, which one of the several thousand translations of the bible is actually really for sure his word?

      September 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • joeymom

      You do know it was edited in the 4th century, right? And then redone in the 9th century? Right? And then translated into English with a variety of English-based interpretations, right? RIGHT?

      September 19, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  11. DanW

    Clearly his papyrus was hacked by someone that he should have unfriended earlier.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • old ben

      lol. I don't think anyone really knows how old Rupert Murdoch really is.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • YoozYerBrain

      ...brains at work...omg I lost it when I read your post, perfect, gotta get me another beer and catch up to Sam....

      September 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  12. sam

    Oh get the popcorn. This gonna be good.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • YoozYerBrain

      Sam...*chomp chomp* mo' buttah please! ;-D

      September 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • sam

      Here, I also have this cheesy powder crap...and here's some vodka as well.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • joeymom

      Munch munch. 🙂

      September 19, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      Best line yet. Well played!

      September 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  13. Evelyn Connaway

    I'M AFRAID I WOULD FIND ANYTHING FROM THE EGYPTIAN/CHRISTIAN COPTIC GROUP, HARD TO BELIEVE, AFTER ONE OF THEIR FOLLOWERS MADE THAT TERRIBLE FLIM.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • sam

      I KNOW, RIGHT? BECAUSE IF ONE OF THEM DID SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THEY MUST ALL BE...oh for Christ's sake stop with the capslock.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • glogg

      Jesus hates people like Evelyn who type in all caps. He came to me just now and told me to tweet it. But I don't have a Twitter account, so I loaded it up to the CNN Comments section. Guess I'm going to hell since I didn't tweet this.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • old ben

      I just need to edit your sentence a bit and then I completely agree. Here's by version – I just took out some words:

      I'M AFRAID I WOULD FIND ANYTHING HARD TO BELIEVE.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • old ben

      "my version", not "by version"

      September 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • YoozYerBrain

      SAM 1:23

      hic CHRISTALMIGHTYWHERESTHEBEER???

      September 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • sam

      I GOTTA STOP BY THE WALMART, GET ANOTHER CASE

      September 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Burned out logic chip. Time to upgrade to Mac.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • joeymom

      Not sure why you would think a modern film-maker would have that much to do with a writer from the 1st-3rd century CE... almost 2000 years apart. Think they ever met?

      September 19, 2012 at 12:07 am |
  14. Dave

    Jesus was buried alongside his wife, Miriamne mara, in Talpiot along with his Mother, his brothers Yose, and James and his adolescent son Judah. At this point one needs to be completely blind and deaf not to realize that truth will find it's way. In the era that Jesus the Nazorean lived, he would have been married at 13, gay or straight. THAT was the law. Hiding his family, the Catholics realized, would prevent anyone from following the surviving bloodline.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Spike

      You are full of it. You are either a False Jew or Gay Atheist

      September 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • sam

      Are those the only choices? You sound kind of bent on it being one or the other.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Dave

      Neither. I am a historian. My field is Biblical history and archaeology. If you were to get an education you'd know that history trumps myth any day of the week. You seem to be hung up on whether the Earth is flat or not.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Spike what the heck is a false jew, or a real one for that matter?

      September 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • joeymom

      The ossuary you are referencing is likely a forgery.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:09 am |
  15. NUMBNUT

    I read somewhere that he could have married Mary Magdalene.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • ggargoyle

      re comment: read somewhere that he could have married Mary Magdalene.
      I once brought that up after reading Holy Blood/Holy Grail, as was told: "Jesus was never married and was never with a woman, He was a perfect man!!" I thought that was an odd point of view....

      September 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • robert

      they had an open marriage.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • joeymom

      If you read the article, it actually discusses the theory.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:10 am |
  16. casper

    I hope you know that St Peter is going to have a print-out of all of your CNN and Youtube comments when you go to the Pearly Gates.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • old ben

      now casper – I know you look like a ghost, but you are not being a very friendly – you should get out more.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Ben

      In that case I feel really bad for the guy

      September 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • WJ

      Then St Peter will be laughing his butt off when I arrive.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • knower

      true enough casper ,every word will be used to be held for accountability.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  17. Brian Schulz

    Jesus said.."My wife...Take my wife...please!"

    September 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • jimmymax

      He was "married" to a goat, just like the rest of them.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • robert

      jimmy, they didn't marry goats, the saying in those days was, "a woman for a wife, a boy for love and a goat for pleasure."

      September 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  18. yaa

    boo efffing hoo beliebers.... yeah!!!

    September 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  19. Colin

    Chad, how do you distinguish between those gorspels you believe and those you do not? Do you accept the sayings or infancy gospel of thoas as literally true, the Gosple of Peter? If not, hw do you decide which are historically accurate and which are not? Is it mere inclusion i nthe bible? If so, who decided what went i nand what didn't and on what basis.

    If you are going to cite to gospels as literally true (as you always do for, e.g., the empty tomb) you cannot ignore these challanges.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Sebastian

      I completly agree with you. You either take it in all or none at all.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • old ben

      Does the creature that is sometimes referred to as the "Chard" know to just answer a question posed under a new topic? I would consider conversing with this Chad if he didn't make it look like he was talking to himself. His posting etiquette is very odd if I remember.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • joeymom

      the editing of the Bible- and the reasons for inclusion and exclusion of gospels- was a fascinating process, you should study it.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:12 am |
  20. old ben

    Wow. Well back then, would a man just say "the wife".

    September 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • old ben

      correction: . . . wouldn't a man just say "the wife"?

      September 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
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