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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. The Deist

    So what if he was?

    September 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • burybrutal

      If you want an informed Christian response to this, a friend of mine responded to this hype here: http://www.walkingchristian.com/2012/09/18/jesus-wife/

      September 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  2. Colin

    You know, there are some pretty fundamental objections to Christianity that are hard to get around. Now before some believer rants back at me that I am evil, an “angry atheist”, or going to burn for all eternity in hell, please take the time to actually read and cogitate the objections. If you have a disagreement with a point I make, post it. However, if you only object to the fact that I said it, please understand that I do not buy into the whole “it is immoral to be skeptical of the Christian religion” nonsense.

    1. At its most fundamental level, Christianity requires a belief that an all-knowing, all-powerful, immortal being created the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies 13,700,000,000 years ago (the age of the Universe) sat back and waited 10,000,000,000 years for the Earth to form, then waited another 3,700,000,000 years for h.o.mo sapiens to gradually evolve, then, at some point gave them eternal life and sent its son to Earth to talk about sheep and goats in the Middle East.

    While here, this divine visitor exhibits no knowledge of ANYTHING outside of the Iron Age Middle East, including the other continents, 99% of the human race, and the aforementioned galaxies.

    Either that, or it all started 6,000 years ago with one man, one woman and a talking snake. Either way “oh come on” just doesn’t quite capture it.

    2. This ‘all loving’ god spends his time running the Universe and spying on the approximately 7 billion human beings on planet Earth 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He even reads their minds (or “hears their prayers”, if you see any difference) using some kind of magic telepathic powers. He also keeps his telepathic eye on them when they are not praying, so as to know if they think bad thoughts (such as lusting after their hot neighbor) so he knows whether to reward or punish them after they die.

    3. Having withheld any evidence of his existence, this god will then punish those who doubt him with an eternity burning in hell. I don’t have to kill, I don’t have to steal, I don’t even have to litter. All I have to do is honestly not believe in the Christian god and he will inflict a grotesque penalty on me a billion times worse than the death penalty – and he loves me.

    4. The above beliefs are based on nothing more than a collection of Bronze and Iron Age Middle Eastern mythology, much of it discredited, that was cobbled together into a book called the “Bible” by people we know virtually nothing about, before the Dark Ages.

    5. The stories of Christianity are not even original. They are borrowed directly from earlier mythology from the Middle East. Genesis and Exodus, for example, are clearly based on earlier Babylonian myths such as The Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Jesus story itself is straight from the stories about Apollonius of Tyana, Horus and Dionysus (including virgin birth, the three wise men, the star in the East, birth at the Winter solstice, a baptism by another prophet, turning water into wine, crucifixion and rising from the dead).

    6. The Bible is also literally infested with contradictions, outdated morality, and open support for the most barbarous acts of cruelty. All of this is due to when and where it was written, the morality of the times and the motives of its authors and compilers. While this may be exculpatory from a literary point of view, it also screams out the fact that it is a pure product of man, bereft of any divine inspiration.

    7. A rejection of the supernatural elements of Christianity does not require a rejection of its morality. Most atheists and secular humanists share a large amount of the morality taught today by mainstream Christianity. To the extent we reject Christian morality, it is where it is outdated or mean spirited – such as in the way it seeks to curtail freedoms or oppose the rights of $exual minorities. In most other respects, our basic moral outlook is indistinguishable from that of the liberal Christian – we just don’t need the mother of all carrots and sticks hanging over our head in order to act in a manner that we consider moral.

    Falsely linking morality to a belief in the supernatural is a time-tested “three card trick” religion uses to stop its adherents from asking the hard questions. So is telling them it is “wrong to doubt.” This is probably why there is not one passage in the Bible in support of intelligence and healthy skepticism, but literally hundreds in support of blind acceptance and blatant gullibility.

    8. We have no idea of who wrote the four Gospels, how credible or trustworthy they were, what ulterior motives they had (other than to promote their religion) or what they based their views on. We know that the traditional story of it being Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is almost certainly wrong. For example, the Gospel of Matthew includes a scene in which Jesus meets Matthew, recounted entirely in the third person!! Nevertheless, we are called upon to accept the most extraordinary claims by these unknown people, who wrote between 35 to 65 years after Christ died and do not even claim to have been witnesses. It is like taking the word of an unknown Branch Davidian about what happened to David Koresh at Waco – who wrote 35 years after the fact and wasn’t there.

    9. When backed into a corner, Christianity admits it requires a “leap of faith” to believe it. However, once one accepts that pure faith is a legitimate reason to believe in something (which it most certainly is not, any more than “faith” that Bigfoot exists is) one has to accept all other gods based on exactly the same reasoning. One cannot be a Christian based on the “leap of faith” – and then turn around and say those who believe in, for example, the Hindu gods, based on the same leap, got it wrong. In a dark room without features, any groping guess by a blind man at the direction of the door is as valid as the other 360 degrees.

    Geography and birthplace dictates what god(s) one believes in. Every culture that has ever existed has had its own gods and they all seem to favor that particular culture, its hopes, dreams, and prejudices. Do you think they all exist? If not, why only yours?

    Faith is not belief in a god. It is a mere hope for a god, a wish for a god, no more substantial than the hope for a good future and no more universal than the language you speak or the baseball team you support.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Collin

      You gotta love the strawman arguments on these forums.... simply ignorant.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Anon

      Ignorance is a virtue for the religious. The less they know, the more they believe.
      It's all a fu*king sham and they're completely oblivious about it. Hell, they're even proud of it.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • z

      you dont have faith on traffic lights, when you cross the streets, the red lights will require all drivers to stop for pedestrians? why dont you read the book call the Bible and prove it wrong? you read Darwinism theories, right? we know Jesus who was called the Christ (messiah) exist as a man, and if you continue to read, he was a very good man.... so good, if you look around, you wonder where the does he come from? all Im saying is read it and prove it false. and pray for all these words to be reveal to you, not as a skeptic but as one who is seeking. If nothing happens, then, go about your business, but you must be seeking. Hope you well.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • Anon

      Reading the bible is one of the reasons so many of us are atheists. Capesh?

      September 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • z

      really, what part of the bible convince you that atheist is the way to go? atheist is a religion too. worshiping one self. the bible shows us that there is someone that loves you more than anyone else in this world. Someone that will listen to you, and will work with you. As long as your need is not selfish. And you seek him not as a skeptic. But someone who truly seek for the truth.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • Anon

      How about the entire bible?
      Yahweh is an obsessive compulsive tyrant and Jesus is self-absorbed egomaniac.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • Les Too

      What an absolutely brilliant observation. Well said and well done!

      September 18, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • Deb

      My savior and I read this together. We agreed it is amusing. No, dear Colin is not going to hell. Fools and children have Someone to speak for them.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  3. Aaron

    Jesus lived in a Jewish community. The punishment for preaching and not being a Rabbi was death. In order for Jesus to preach he had to be a Rabbi, in order to be a Rabbi he had to be married. Any christian religion that says a 30 year old Jewish Rabbi who was not married is naive.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      He was married! To twelve dudes.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • netanyahu

      jesus was above judaic law he completed it. He did not need to be married because the rabbis were.. He was above the rabbis "revelations" and not a victim of it.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • z

      if Jesus never said that the only way to the father, is through him, he would have been considered one of the greatest prophet of all time. All the pharisees and sadducees respected him until that claim. But he did things no rabbis, prophets has ever done. He came knowing his purpose, the other prophets was still looking for directions. He was such a good man, you have to wonder, and ask yourself, is he truly a man? Remember, he came to save the jews. The bible is book of redemption. A historical, love, and survival book.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
  4. Dirk the Daring

    Actually, it was a portion of the script from the 1989 film "Major League". During the scene Indians catcher Jake Taylor tries to psych out the Oakland A's batter Rexman. The script reads like this:

    Jake Taylor: [to Rexman] Hell of a situation we got here. Two on, two out, your team down by one in the ninth. You got a chance to be a hero on national television... if you don't blow it. By the way, saw your wife last night, hell of a dancer, you must be very, very proud. I mean that guy she was with, I'm sure he's a close personal friend and all. But tell me, what was he doing wearing her panties on his head.
    [Rexman pops the ball straight up]
    Jake Taylor: Uh-oh, Rexy, I don't think this one's got the distance.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  5. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    The little patch of papyrus has little to say, but imagine that if in it Jesus had claimed to be God. It would be believed and taken to heart by every Christian. Not so if it only suggests that Jesus had a normal relationship with a woman. Extraordinary claims require no proof, but ordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?

    September 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • 23TE

      Actually this new claim requires a ton more evidence bc it goes against all that is known about Jesus to this point. Also, what are you talking about "no evidence" to support the extraordinary claims. The Bible is the most studied and researched book ever written. Scholars and archaeologists have spent lifetimes going over the evidence. I wonder when it will get disproved.........

      September 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  6. jenni

    I've known since I was a child that MM was Jesus's girlfriend. Even better to now know they were actually married. It's completely obvious!

    September 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  7. !

    Few 100% true Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    † Atheism is a religion that makes you angry, stupid, brainwashed, ignorant & blind.
    † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
    † Atheism makes you post stupid things (90% of silly comments here on CNN blogs are posted by closet atheists)
    † Atheist are satanic and have gothic lifestyle.
    † Atheists are misguided and causes problem in our religious & public society.
    † Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith.
    † Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
    † Atheism making you agree with Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler (denied his faith later), Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders who killed religious people because of their religious cult!
    † No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    † Atheists are angry, drug additcted and committ the most crime.
    † Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet.
    † Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people.
    † Atheists have had terrible life experience, bad childhood and not being loved.
    † Most atheists are uneducated... No atheists could run for presidency.
    † Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history.
    † Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists.
    † All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals.
    † The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20)
    † Countries where Atheism is prevalent has the highest Suicide rate & Communist countries = Atheism!
    **Only 2-3% of the U.S. are atheists/agnostics VS. over 90% who believe in God (80% Christians) in the U.S.**

    † † Our Prayers goes to atheists to be mentally healthy and seek their creator † †

    PS! the USA is a † nation and will always be. You know it's true and stop being ignorant and arrogant!
    (Take a look at our federal/state holidays, 99% of our presidents, blue laws in parts of the nation, name of some cities/counties/streets, the majority of people, some laws, calendar, culture, etc.)
    http://rightremedy.org/tracts/7

    ¦There is only one God and it is to Him that you pray. All others pray to false gods and idols. Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist are all lost unless they know Jesus as their Lord & Savior.¦
    .

    September 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • Anon

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUVXEmJRGns&w=640&h=360]

      September 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Steve

      Loved the parts about gothic lifestyle and drug use.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • CheeseSteak

      The word Atheism means 'without theism' or without god. Which makes you the dummasss here

      September 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Peter

      AMEN!!! Good job...

      Anon...let people watch the WHOLE debate. Dr. William Lane Craig defeated him and ATHEISTS admit they have never defeated Dr. Craig in 25 YEARS per common-sense-atheism!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      The gothic lifestyle part had me rolling too. lol That and the christian nation bit. This is funnier than any tv show.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • Robert

      The chief characteristic of athiests is selfishness. They even want God's place, which is why they wantonly deny his existance. But one thing is for sure, and that is that an athiest is the most miserable excuse for a human being that you will ever see. They do incredibly selfish things are are basically wretches. In fact, I once heard a noted athiest "scholar", Dr. Harvy Binswanger, say that he saw selfishness as a virtue. The guy was completely bonkers. He was an educated idiot.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Says the guy who believes the Universe was created with humans in mind.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • ScottCA

      Anon excellent video.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Anon

      Dr. Craig is the gran poobah of dodging sound arguments and replacing them retarded apologetic excuses.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Les Too

      There is nothing in your list that describes an "atheist" that is true. Where did you come up with this garbage?

      September 18, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • whydolphus

      OMG, is this person who made the list re atheism serious? Although I'm a very religious person, it made me laugh hysterically! Thank you so much. And if you are serious, may lightning strike me down as a blasphemer!

      September 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  8. TexDoc

    I've studied the text closely, it's really the world's oldest joke. Jesus says, "Take my wife, please."

    September 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • OneTwo

      LOL AMEN!!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  9. avis

    Jesus – God ?

    September 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • keeeleee

      Yes.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • Anon

      Sadly yes in the minds of the delusional.
      A fu*king myth has brainwashed nearly all of humanity.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
    • Les Too

      ANON: When the number of Xtians are compared to the population of the world, they are, at best, a large misguided cult. They are no where close to a 'majority' of the world. It will be a grand day when all of the Judeo-Xtian based religions are merely a small paragraph in the history books. Whether Jew, Xtian, or Muslim, they have all littered the fields with the blood of millions of murdered innocents in the name of the same minor mountain storm deity they all share.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  10. ScottCA

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejFDw4yz56o&w=640&h=360]

    September 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
  11. Godoflunaticscreation

    In other news. DC comics has found a never before printed Batman comic where Bruce Wayne married Cat Woman. The scholars have deciphered the comic and deem it authentic but DC comics has only said that it neither proves nor disproves Bruce Wayne's love life.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
    • keeeleee

      CNN...pathetic

      September 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • 23TE

      Did Jesus condone any horrible things? Are you drunk?

      September 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  12. everyoneannoys

    Why is this top news...who cares?

    September 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
    • illy

      It must be true if its on CNN

      September 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  13. Colin

    Perhaps the three greatest movements in history, which, in the cu.mulative, mark the emergence of the Western World from the Dark Ages are the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Enlightenment. All three are defined by their rejection of religion and religious dogma in favor of science, free thought and reason.

    If religion (as opposed to morality) was anything other than empty promises meant to sate human insecurities, would we not expect movements TOWARD greater religiosity to be predominant in World history and viewed in a positive light?

    Well, that's not the case and we all know why. Relgion is bulls.hit. Total bulls.hit. A security blanket for small minds and weak personalities. The sooner we consign it to the dustbin of history, the better.

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

      Science is witnessing God.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Yup! That flat earth sure is flat.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      " The sooner we consign it to the dustbin of history, the better." I'm afraid that won't do. We'll have to pound a stake of holly through its heart and bury it face down in a secret grave.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  14. CSX

    Hey CNN be brave, if Christ had a wife, please mention Muhammad's 9 yo wife too. Be fair.

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

      You are kidding, you know CNN only publishes spin pro-Islam, pro-Obama, pro-OWS, and pro-media.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • AG

      Muhammad had a human father – As you have suggested, to be fair, who is father of Christ ? Even in 2012, women cannot bear sons without being married unless ofcourse.....

      Give respect, have respect, be tolerable and others be the same. Im not gonna defend wrongdoings of some bad muslims, just as I dont expect christians to defend wrongdoings of bad christians, and all other faiths.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • THE prophet muhammad

      praise be to god... Amen brother.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  15. Jack Sparrow

    On that day they will have to know that he is Jehovah.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  16. redzoa

    "My wife" and I we go to a nice restaurant two times a week have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.

    We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California and mine is in Texas.

    I take my wife everywhere.....but she keeps finding her way back.

    I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary. "Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!"
    She said. So I suggested the kitchen.

    We go to the mall we always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

    My wife has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker. She said "there are too many gadgets and no place to sit down!" .. So I bought her an electric chair.

    My wife told me the car wasn't running well because there was some water in the gas. I asked where the car was; she told me "in the lake."

    My wife got a mud pack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.

    My wife ran after the garbage truck, yelling "am I too late for the garbage? The driver said "no, jump in!"

    Remember: marriage is the number one cause of divorce.

    I married miss right. I just didn't know her first name was always.

    I haven't spoken to my wife in 18 months. I don't like to interrupt her.

    The last fight was my fault! My wife asked? "What’s on the TV?" I said "dust!"

    Just ignore me. "My wife" does.

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

      Awesome

      September 18, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • Athy

      Rodney was great, wasn't he?

      September 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  17. martin

    so what, the whole "Jesus" tale is BS anyway...

    September 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  18. Dunzo

    Any scholars who study biblical history know that Mary Magdalene was Jesus' wife. Of course, most Christians know almost nothing about the bible itself much less biblical history.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  19. YERDADDY99

    Christians are being played over their extreme beliefs...Muslims are being played over their extreme beliefs...its Jews playing both of us...enjoy being their slaves America...Israel first!!!!

    September 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  20. CSX

    Simply, if you know Him, he is God, and needs no wife.

    Technically his wife is the church.

    The lost wish such? For without Jesus there is no hope.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Christian

      You are exactly correct.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
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