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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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  1. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Only by hindu absurdity of a hindu, Christian and pagan. Filthy Christian Captain Crunch dog. Filthy pagan hindy pig dog. Filthy Randy Jackson dog. Filthy hebrew national beef dog. Filthy Ron Jeremy foot-long dog. NO DOGS!!! Who let them be out? Quran means nothing else but path of triple abdullah absolute quantified. please visit ahmadinebinpaid.com/blog.html and click on word Choice to open file. But turn virus protection off before.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu ID thief.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • albert911emt

      Time to get back on your meds.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • Alicia

      I dont want what your smoking...

      September 19, 2012 at 12:08 am |
  2. Sebastian

    Hey Spike guess what Jesus was a Jew. So by refering to false Jews your in a way using Jesus' name in vain. You should do your research before you blog something so iliterate. Do you self a favor and know your religion and for that matter its origins because Christianity came from Jewdesim..... research can do wanders...

    September 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Son of blessed Mary, Easu, Anointed one was a Hebrew, dedicated to truth absolute, not a hindu Jew' filthy self centered, secular as you hind, lie to make a point. hindu Jew's, filthy secular s were his enemies and he never was part of them. correct your hinduism, absurdity please.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      Ummm So can spell check... Jewdeism? Really??? What religion is that again???

      September 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • old ben

      thecollegeadmissionsguru: "Ummm So can spell check... Jewdeism? "

      yeah, really.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      guru,

      Spell check would not pick up "research can do wanders" :), although I suppose one does do a bit of wandering while searching for stuff.

      Butt ewe no, it looks like Sebastian is lucky to have learned how to spell his own name.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • Spike

      There is no proof that Jesus was Jewish, but he did practice the Jewish Religion. All kinds of people migrated to those area’s

      September 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Jason

      @Spike, you realize the Gospel of Luke traces Jesus' genealogy to Abraham, right?

      September 19, 2012 at 2:21 am |
    • Gary

      So can spell check. You berate a man for his lack of research but write like a child!

      September 19, 2012 at 6:19 am |
  3. Hmmmm

    "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ... she's just so annoying, even when I showed her the hole's in my hand's she wouldn't believe I wasn't just out drinking with the guys for the weekend..."

    September 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • joeymom

      However, I hope he knew that plurals did not use apostrophes.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • Mike

      Elitist grammar nazis aside, that was pretty funny...

      September 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  4. Miguel Caron

    It amuses me how the Professor adds that it doesn't provide historical evidence that Jesus had a wife when you consider there is no historical evidence Jesus even existed.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Io

      Actually there is historical evidence Jesus existed, what scholars dispute is evidence of some of the stories/miracles happening as they are told in the book

      September 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • ...

      Really? I suggest you a do a bit more research rather than spouting off knee jerk responses based on what you "believe" sounds like an intellectual response.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Bob

      Um... the Historian Josephus?

      September 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      "Um... the Historian Josephus?"

      Not much of a reference there. Josephus is known to have told whoppers on a regular basis, and frequently passed along local rumor as though it were solid fact. Most historians discount pretty much anything he has to say unless it is backed up by solid independent sources.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Josephus reported about Hercules too. That must mean that he was real, eh?

      He was a reporter and chronicler of the times. Would a reporter of today who did a story on Scientologists prove that their beliefs are true?

      Josephus was born a Jew and died a Jew. Don't you think that if he knew that the Jesus/Messiah story was real, he would have run over and joined up with the new cult?

      September 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Troy

      Oh, you and your facts!

      September 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Alicia

      Of course not Miguel... nor is there any evidence that Columbus existed either... just writings about him.

      .........maybe you could benefit from some sleep?.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • joeymom

      We actually have a good bit of evidence- more than a great many known historical persons from the ancient world, and with a lot more detail.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Alicia,

      You are aware, aren't you of the misconceptions about Columbus?.... and his life was a lot more well-covered than Jesus'.

      http://www.livescience.com/16468-christopher-columbus-myths-flat-earth-discovered-americas.html

      September 19, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  5. Calcommuter

    Did he write that in Magic Marker? Or since it was two thousand years ago, did he use an "El Marko"? Fake...

    September 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Its called ink and a brush. Its what we used before we invented typewriters and ink pens.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • old ben

      Lol. That's so stupid I can't even come up with a good response. lol.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • Sebastian

      Another idiot speaking thier mind..... there are many things that last for a very long time like papyrus invented in Egypt and the so called gospels wrote in papyrus and now ofcourse is what you call the bible..... research people research.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • Calcommuter

      "newly revealed" papyrus should have been your first clue this will be found to be fake real soon.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      Of course this scrap is four hundred years AFTER the supposed life of this Jesus Myth.. hmmm, I think it's just a note from a school kid found on the playground. Seriously, a scrap of papyrus is somehow taken this seriously, but the fact that no first century historian wrote of Jesus,that Jesus himself left no writings, that Jesus left no Physical evidence of his existence, those don't matter, right?

      September 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Io

      @ collegeguru u ain't much of a guru
      historians wrote about a Jesus existing
      he really didn't need to write things cos he was teaching a largely illiterate populace (oh you want a voice recording too?) even is he had writings that managed to survive thru time u probably would still doubt it.
      what type of physical evidence are u expecting?

      September 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      lo,
      "what type of physical evidence are u expecting?"

      Hmmmm.... a real smart god would know "exactly" what it would take.
      (Hint: not an ambiguous trail of misunderstood, mistranslated, misinterpreted and misapplied legends)

      September 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • joeymom

      Colegedmissions, you need to update your Biblical scholarship. You've fallen behind the latest information.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • Timmy

      That is because anytime someone finds something that goes against what the bible says, you guys just change the story making it impossible to keep up.

      September 19, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  6. Bezerkur

    There is a cure from dogmatic brainwashing. Research.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Lisa

      You do realize that all these things existed before we started to research them right?

      September 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  7. Spike

    You people that support this article are sick and have nothing else to do. It does not shock me that CNN part of a False Jew Tv network put this article out.

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

      Eeeeeek, false jooooooooz......

      September 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • False Jew

      You got a purty mouth.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Sebastian

      guess what Jesus was a Jew. So by refering to false Jews your in a way using Jesus' name in vain. You should do your research before you blog something so iliterate. Do you self a favor and know your religion and for that matter its origins because Christianity came from Jewdesim..... research can do wanders...

      September 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      @Sebastian... you should try either spell check or maybe just learn how to spell, dude. Jewdeism, really????

      September 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • YoozYerBrain

      Sam, we got a new drinking *hic* game...cmon Spike!

      thanks False Jew, hilarious

      Yeah, this page is really starting to live up to page 1's standard!

      September 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Spike

      @YoozYerBrain

      COULD IT BE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THIS ARTICLE ARE REALLY MUSLIMS WHO ARE MAD ABOUT THE Muhammad MOVIE and this is your way of attacking Christians?

      September 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Clear Your Mind

      Why would it bother you if Jesus was Married ?
      After all he was just a man.
      From what i have read about the culture,
      it would be perfectly normal for Jesus to take a wife.

      Wait, i get it....
      It would go against everything your religion has told you.
      It would crush your little mind to know that just maybe,
      that little black book is full of chit.

      September 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Rev Foistus Uponyou

      Wow, an angry Christian.
      Who woulda thunk it.

      September 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  8. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Believing hypothesis, gossip under the influence of cannabis is way of hindu's, ignorant s and hinduism, gossip of book of hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism called bible is no different. More hindu sanatan, filthy goons, expect more hinduism, absurdities like bible. Why this carnage, why west is persistent on hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism ? please visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/ and click on word Choice to open file, to learn true causes of mayhem among humanity,

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

      You again.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  9. us_1776

    Jesus was a fictional person made up to tell morality stories.

    .

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

      How True!

      September 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Calcommuter

      They needed a hero in their new version of the bible because the God in book one was a bit of a jerk. So, they pulled stories from other religions, said he was born in December, walked on water, water to wine, died and flew out of the cave and voila, a myth becomes someone's reality.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • old ben

      Are we grasping for straws just a bit Calcommuter??

      September 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      @OldBen, NOPE he's spot on, to be honest. Jesus is nothing more than a myth, built from the stories of multiple deities. Do some research, man. Think, read, and then think some more.. Jesus just did not exist. Christianity DID indeed steal nearly EVERYTHING they believe from older religions.. take Christmas, it's winter solstice.. Easter, the celebration of Ester or spring/rebirth, sound familiar? The fact is, Christianity was pretty smart to incorporate many of the early Pagan celebrations in their rituals.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Bob

      Actually, Calcommuter
      No where in the Bible does it say that he was born in December. That was a tradition established later. The Bible actually provides much evidence to the contrary regarding a December birth.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Alicia

      So was Columbus.... his boat was 1 foot long.

      See the irony?

      September 19, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • joeymom

      So?

      September 19, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  10. kweso

    Catholic priests are going to say: "If Jesus had some, we too can have some."

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

      ...well played!

      September 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Laurelai

      That's what I was thinking- Catholic priests around the globe are now all banging their heads into the nearest block wall. Of course, this theory has been bandied about for centuries, so its just more white noise to them I assume.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Rev Foistus Uponyou

      Wait till it comes out that Jesus & Mary had children.
      That should blow thier little minds.
      The blood line lives.
      Just check the British Monarchy.
      Thier family tree goes all the way back to ancient Judea.
      Yup, the Windsors are Jewish.

      September 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • tuvia suks

      But they do get some. All those altar boys.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  11. millmaster

    Ah, some proof for the many Mormons who believe Jesus was married at least once.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Rev Foistus Uponyou

      One wife.
      Twelve boyfriends.

      September 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  12. Skeptimist

    What Jesus said is pertinent. What others say about him is gossip.

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

      So the Gospels are gossip then

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

      The Gospels are gossip at best, lacking historical facts. Recent scholarship has descovered that the Gospels are all predated by seven of St. Paul's letters.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Doonef

      Um, I knew that a long time ago...

      September 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  13. merkuti01

    "...the historical Jesus." Really? Jesus is about as historical as Osiris, Hercules, and Luke Skywalker. Where is the evidence to support Jesus as a historical figure? The Bible doesn't quality. A book chock-full of talking snakes, unicorns, and a god who condones slavery and the murder of children doesn't serve well as a history book. Show me proof!

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

      And let's not forget all the Miracles of the New Testament that NOT ONE SINGLE first century historian took even the smallest notice of... The wrending of the Temple? The Great Darkness and Clap of thunder at Jesus' Death? The earthquake that caused the dead prophets to rise and walk among the living? So, zombies were common in the first century?

      September 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Dusty Dean

      Well let's start with Josephus. You know, the Roman-Jewish historian who was considered a traitor by the Jews? What about Tacitus, who referred to the crucifixion of Jesus by Pilate in his final work, Annals. How about Seutonius who refers to Jesus as "Cherstus" the leader of the Christians. Pliny the Younger. Lucian of Samosta, a Greek satirist. I could go on and on. I mean...seriously? Okay, you don't want to believe in Jesus as messiah, that's your deal. But denying his existence based on what? It's incredulous. Pretty ridiculous too.

      September 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • BeSmart

      The ONE time Josephus mentions him it has been proved to be someone adding Jesus's name centuries later. The ONE time Tacitus mentioned him, it has been proven that the translation was erroneous and not referring to Jesus. You can reference the Jesus Wikipedia entry which notates the proof to this. Do better research, son.

      And even so, these are still long after his death. No writings during the time of his existence. Every historical figure has writings about them while they are alive. If you want to believe in fictional character as a messiah, that is your choice, but don't pretend there is any fact behind your belief. How incredulous!

      September 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • joeymom

      The Herakles cycle is likely based on a kernel of historical fact- many hero mythic cycles are. How much of the historical peson is left in those stories is another matter entirely.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Lisa

      Oh yes, I forgot about the 2.18 billion people who believe in Osiris, Hercules, and Luke Skywalker.

      September 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  14. YoozYerBrain

    What I meant was that Page 1 of these comments has been hilarious. I'm sure page 2 won't disappoint. Hey comedians, the straight-men have done their job and set up the jokes- get to it!

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

      Oh I bet it gets worse, in 3....2...1....

      September 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  15. YoozYerBrain

    I'm going to go ahead and say that this has been one of the funniest, most enjoyable Comments page so far- BRAVO all you funny folks, the using of the brains has earned a beer for me!!! THANKS and mo' buttah!

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

      I love the entertainment on the beliefs blogs. Grab some popcorn and welcome aboard!

      September 19, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  16. LibertyBell

    Do you know how many named Jesus at his time? So to say that he was married, doubt that.

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

      Yeah, but we also don't know of any other Jesuses who had Coptic literature written about them

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

      How would you even now that the messiah being worshipped was named Jesus, as Paul never mentioned his name in the original gospel, and all other gospels came decades later with proven embellishments and innacuracies. Odds are better that none of it all is true.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  17. Citizentobe

    These attacks to the Christian faith are not surprising and will coninue in-crescendo until His second coming.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • CC

      There is no reason to see this as a attack on the Christian faith. There are a lot of years that the Bible does not speak of Jesus life. He lived as mortal amongst the people so it's not a far fetched idea that he would've taken a wife. I find it endears me even more to God the father and Jesus his son.

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

      "His second coming" is a great phrase to hear in church, not so much in prison.

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

      Rimshot to Huebert. But...not *that* kind of rimshot...

      September 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Old Sailor

      He must have come more than once already – he was married.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • YoozYerBrain

      yerkillinme!!!!! hahahahaha gawd

      September 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Rev Foistus Uponyou

      Second coming ?
      Jees let the guy shower first.

      September 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • joeymom

      What attack? They found a scrap of coptic manuscript, they translated it, someone got worried that people might get upset because the word "wife" was put into the mouth of Jesus, and many Christians firmly believe he was not married. So they put out word to the public of what academics already understand- it is an interesting scrap, but it is just a scrap. We have no idea what it is discussing.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  18. Edward

    I honestly thought that Jesus was with John. That's the way the Holy Bible makes it look to me.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • old ben

      Well, there's nothing to say that Jesus' wife was not something of a, well like a Michele Bachmann, for instance.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  19. LouAZ

    Once upon a time . . .

    September 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  20. PL

    First, John does not have an Infancy Narrative. He echos Genesis: "In the beginning was the Word...". After the Prologue, Jesus is an adult and is baptized by John the Baptist. Second, how does Dan Brown become a bibical scholar to be even mentioned in this article?

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

      John plagiarized Josephus. Josephus sought to philosophically reflect his Jewish heritage in terms of Hellenistic abstract.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Hellenism is hinduism, pagan ism of hindu Egyption's, having nothing to do with son of blessed Mary, but hinduism, fiction of hinduism, paganism, Jesus is sold on his name by hindu Magi's, pagan fortune tellers, religion of hindus pagans of Rom before invention of hinduism, absurdity called Christianity, but hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism in reality. Why this carnage, why west is persistent on hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism ? please visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/ and click on word Choice to open file, to learn true causes of mayhem among humanity,

      September 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • YoozYerBrain

      Hi PL

      I are a biblical scholar and yahweh is the #3 dude in the sumerian pantheon with enlil his supervisor and AN the CEO. Can I provide any other historical info for you or do you wish to continue to misquote that piece of committe-produced literature you call the bible and I call myth?

      September 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • joeymom

      If Dan Brown is a "Biblical Scholar", I'm a Rhode Island Red. Heck, he's not even a good art historian (it should be "The Leonardo Code" not "The DaVinci Code". Idiot.)

      September 19, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • joeymom

      Yooz, the way you just used the word "myth" shows you can't be a very good scholar of ancient literature or religion, if you are one at all.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:27 am |
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