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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. Chris

    Well, even if these were the true words of Christ, he mentions 'his bride' in the bible we have today. But, the reference to 'his wife' or 'his bride' is a reference to the church/body of christians. Usually anytime in the prophetic books if it mentions woman or bride, it is refering to churches. Jesus even explains the meaning of woman as a reference to the church.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:15 am |
    • Byrd

      There were no churches in the time Jesus was alive, only temples or synagogues. Churches didn't come along until much later with the rise of Christianity under the influence of the popes and Charlemagne.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:23 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Byrd........He's not talking about a building. The followers of Jesus were the Church, before and after his death and resurrection.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      churches are there for two things: profit and recruitment. bastions of ignorance, hopefully they will one day be used as community centers.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Bootyfunk...the Church is the body of true followers of Jesus Christ and he don't need your money. He's the one who allows you to have a dollar when you have it. He owns your wealth and if he wants it all he will just take it.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Byrd

      Now you're just twisting meaning to maintain the fallacy. The Bible states that there were followers of Jesus, just as there were followers of L. Ron Hubbard and Gandhi and Buddha. The church however, as Catholics claim, was built upon Peter and selected writings of other such as Paul. To claim that church and wife are one and the same is to also say that Jesus wasn't skillful enough in his use of language to avoid confusion in the minds of regular people and so must be interpreted by the professed learned such as yourself in order for us mere mortals to grasp their true meaning, thereby revealing a flaw in this god's claim of being all-knowing and all-wise.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Byrd......The Church is the bride of Christ. Catholicism if heretical anyway so who cares what they think. If the Church is not the bride then why a "marriage supper of the lamb." You failed theology. Human marriage is supposed to be a picture of the marriage of Christ to the Church, that why he commands Husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the Church. Read the book again dude.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • WASP

      @AH: "The Church is the bride of Christ. Catholicism if heretical anyway so who cares what they think."

      1)catholicism came before christianity (aka protestants) look at true history and you can follow the rise of jewish belief being adopted and adapted by the pagan romans to make catholics, then the king of england broke away from the catholic church to make the church of england. so if the catholics are heretics, what does that make you? lmfao
      2) please give me the passage where jesus said" i am married to the church"

      September 19, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      WASP...........I don't care where it came from, it is a false twisted doctrine period. You don't have to confess to a priest, or kiss his ring or bow down to him and you don't pray to Mary. Heretical and not in the Bible. It makes me not a catholic and not following their false teaching.

      Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
      Ephesians 5:25-27 ESV /
      Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
      Revelation 21:2 ESV /
      And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
      John 3:29 ESV
      The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.
      Revelation 21:9 ESV
      Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
      2 Corinthians 11:2 ESV
      For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
      Ephesians 5:25 ESV
      Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
      Revelation 21:10-19 ESV
      Matthew 25:1-46 ESV
      “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. ...

      September 19, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  2. 2357

    Look back on your life thus far, real hard.
    You'll see that it is you who barely exist.
    It only gets worse as the years pass.
    Then you sleep. And when you wake up, it's the Day of Judgement.
    The day of salvation will have long departed, and with it your mocking boldness .

    September 19, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      AMEN!

      September 19, 2012 at 7:15 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      oh my, that sounds scary! but if i don't go to hell, i won't get to talk to ghandi and john lenon and other evil non-christians that never accepted jesus. man, scary fairy tales like the ones in the bible give me nightmares. all those people god kills... it's terrible. god drowns millions in his flood, including newborns, children, the elderly, the physically disabled, the mentally challenged, the infirm, all plants and animals... pretty scary stuff.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:18 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      When you sleep you eventually wake up. When you die, you don't. End of story. No judgment, no afterlife.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Bootyfunk........If they went to hell I'm sure the last thing they are worried about is talking to you.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:23 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      jim111506..........Yes, medicate like all the atheists! Then you don't have to face your reality, you can just veg out and sit on CNN Religion blog, even though you're not religious! What a plan!

      September 19, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      unless i'm in charge of punishing christians...

      September 19, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      AtheistSteve........ WRONG AGAIN!

      September 19, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      @Atheist hunteer
      Your opinion and book of fairy tales are not convincing.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Bootyfunk.........trust me, you'll be a screaming, terrified, fool just like all the others. The punished can't punish.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      AtheistSteve..........that's your opinion which is pathetic and based on arrogance.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      @Atheist Hunter
      As opposed to yours which is based on ignorance. I win....lol

      September 19, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      AtheistSteve..........you can't be a winner until the game is over. Games over when God says it's over. Maybe you should read the rulebook before your call yourself a winner. Satan has made that mistake too and he's also a loser!

      September 19, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      And who is the real arrogant one here? Me who believes we are just happy accidents who get to enjoy a brief existence or you who believes they are cosmically significant enough merit appreciation by the creator of all things? You are the epitome of ego and arrogance.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      AtheistSteve........I'm in the atheist playground, so I'm playing by atheist rules. Rule #1 be arrogant. Rule #2 flaunt your make believe ego. You're cheating cause you called yourself an accident. That's not in the atheist rule book. They make medication for that 🙂

      September 19, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      There is no atheist rule book. You still avoided the question. How is thinking you're special enough to be of interest to an all powerful creator God not arrogant? Atheists make no claims...we simply challenge the ones you propose. Besides I've read your "rulebook" and found it to be a poorly constructed mishmash of superstitious nonsense written by ignorant primitive men. But if that's enough for you so be it. Just don't expect anyone outside your belief to put the least bit of credence to the garbage you spout. I don't fear God or judgment or hell because they are nothing more than delusions. Must suck to live in such fear....in a way I kinda pity you.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:56 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      AtheistSteve......sure there is. It's not arrogant because that the way he wants it. It's arrogant to think you know more than your creator and that your little clay mind can out think God or begin to figure Him out of think you know everthing that there is to know about life and the existence of Man. I don't think that, I know God created all and I am just one of his many creations and I'm honored that he cares enough about me, his creation, to let his son die for me so that I can be with Him someday. I'm thankful, not arrogant. I pretend to know nothing he has not revealed to me through his word. Arrogance is reading the Work of God and denying the truth in it when you have no basis to deny it except the thoughts and ideas of other mere mortal talking clay. Arrogance is calling God a sky fairy and mocking Jesus Christ who gave you life. And get it right you don't challenge my claims, you challenge GOD! How much more arrogant can one be? And follow your own words, don't expect the chosen of God to put the least bit of credence to the garbage you atheist spout. You don't fear God because you are a fool! Must such to be a mistake and nothing more, just living to die instead of dying to live.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      And of course I'm a happy accident. If the next sperm had fertilized my mothers egg I wouldn't be here. It would be someone kinda like me but somebody else altogether.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      AtheistSteve.........wrong again. God though you into existence before you were conceived. And he knew you would chose to be an atheist. He even knew you would be blogging with me about it today because your soul is searching for Him but your flesh is in the way.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Of course I'm challenging your claims. Your God hasn't made any that can be considered. God didn't write your Bible....men did...and you are blindly following what they wrote. Twist it whatever way you wish there still isn't any justifiable reason to believe a word you or your Bible says. And I never claimed to know or understand everything...that's what you're doing only you remove yourself from actually making the claim by attributing it to your God. I'm very happy to say I don't not know it all whereas you seem to need to provide an ultimate answer without actually answering anything.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • Primewonk

      " God though you into existence before you were conceived. And he knew you would chose to be an atheist. He even knew you would be blogging with me about it today because your soul is searching for Him but your flesh is in the way."

      So much for this "free will" all you nutters keep talking about.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Primewonk........i would call choosing to be an atheist free will and choosing to blog as such free will. I said he knows the beginning and the end of all things. I didn't say he made you chose sin. That's your free will. THINK!

      September 19, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      AtheistSteve........God wrote the bible through the hands of obedient men. I'm not blindly following anything. I've seen his marvelous power. You're the ones who are blind. You're so caught up in your selfish existence and that is all you can see. I'm not asking you to believe me, debunk the Word of God for yourself. Factually prove it wrong to yourself.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      True that Primework.
      Just looking back at what Atheist Hunter wrote I find an enormous amount of contradiction and outrageous claims.

      " It's arrogant to think you know more than your creator and that your little clay mind can out think God or begin to figure Him out"

      Followed by "I know God created all "(positive claim) and " I'm honored that he cares enough about me, his creation,"(positive claim) and "Arrogance is reading the Work of God and denying the truth in it"(positive claim) and " Jesus Christ who gave you life"(positive claim) and " God thought you into existence"(positive claim) and "your soul is searching for Him".

      It seems you have this inside line into the mind of this God you also claim is beyond understanding.
      Of all the things you wrote not one bit is supported by a shred of actual evidence. If wishes were fishes you would be neck deep in cod liver oil. Bark all you want about God, souls, heaven and hell, Satan etc...until even one iota of evidence can be presented to manifest in reality your arguments remain unconvincing.
      I prefer my fiction to remain just that...fiction.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      AtheistSteve.........I do have the inside line, it's called the Bible. Every claims comes from the Word of God. The greatest, most accurate, most infallible, book that has survived for 2000 years and counting. Accurate for 2000 years or more and counting. Not one atheist can disprove one word of it. What more do I need? A book written by a man proven to be erroneous like atheist carry around? Glad you love fiction because you live fiction. You're just satan's puppet do your masters bidding at the flick of his wrist. Blind.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      That's a good one. The Bible has been thoroughly debunked and the Christian God cannot exist due to self contradiction. A deistic god can't be proved to not exist but that isn't what we're talking about now is it. Of course you won't concede any of the facts that deny the Christian God due to your intense and total indoctrination but that's your problem....not mine.
      Telling non believers we are destined for hell is so desperate it's laughable. You have to first buy into the hype to believe it. Your moral compass is missing. Rather than do good for goodness sake you are all desperately trying to avoid damnation. Pathetic really. Follow God's commands or face judgment. That's not morality...it's tyranny

      September 19, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • 2357

      When you find yourself trampling on a Pearl, you should see yourself for who you are. The spirit of your father compels you. You do according to who you are in essence. Free will is a myth. You will learn all things, soon enough.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      AtheistSteve....do tell...what do you know atheists do have faith, they believe in statements that debunk the bible that don't exist. There is hope for you. If we're not taking about your belief that God does not exist then I'm in the twilight zone. Maybe we both needs meds. Where are the great FACTS. Are they invisible like my God? If believing in God is my problem, THANK YOU JESUS!. Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not commit adultery....sounds like morality to me.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  3. Bootyfunk

    jesus had a wife? no way. washboard abs, long hair, hung out with 12 dudes... G.A.Y! he probably went shopping with mary mag.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:11 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      i'm pretty sure he did an ancient form of Babylonian P90X for those abs.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:22 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Mock him while you still can. Every knee will bow and someday you will grovel at his feet! Have fun, sinful fun has it's end which is ALWAYS not fun. Can't wait to see how tough you guys are when you stand before Him at the judgment. Bet you'll all lose that smart mouth real quick like!

      September 19, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      AtheistHunter (first off FUCKTARD, you belong in an asylum): You make these claims without one shred of factual evidence to back you and you have the audacity to call Atheists arrogant??? You're just a plain ignorant waste of human flesh!!
      Purchase a dictionary (a big book of words with definitions)...you might then see who the true arrogant one is here!!
      Prove your god, heaven, hell, etc exist or shut your trap...only the mentally ill and children have imaginary friends, given that you're not likely a child you would be best advised to seek the local asylum and get medicated for your delusions before you cause damage to the world or better yet, take a leap of faith and then tell us if your imaginary friend exists you gullible fool!!

      September 19, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      TruthPrevails :-).........wow i'm so insulted cause truth prevails don't like me. AWWW poor me. Atheists are arrogant because they have facts and ignore them to promote their LIES. I don't need big words cause atheists can't hang with the little ones. I can frustrate you with pre-school words. Why don't you shut my trap. You prove god, heaven, hell doesn't exist. Why does it anger you so? Cause it's all true and you can't deal with it cause it means you know nothing! Why do you have free speech and you try to shut Christians up? Why are you threatened by Christianity. You behave like you are from ISLAM.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:57 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      AtheistHunter: It's not hard to dislike someone who believes they are an expert on a single book that has no factual documentation to back it. We're not the arrogant ones...we don't claim to know everything. You are the epitome of arrogance...you only think you know everything when in fact you have no clue!! What we believe is based on evidence as it is presented, what you believe is based on a book written 2000 years ago and has been debunked numerous times over. People like you are the reason we are not as advanced as we should be...religion has no place in this world any more.
      I believe in equality for all...love, peace and all that good stuff and I do so without a book to guide me.
      You can attempt to put us down and tell us we're wrong but until you can provide the evidence for your claims, you remain the arrogant ignorant one here and you're still wrong. Using an alias like Atheist Hunter does not portray a good christian...it portrays a dangerous mind!!

      September 19, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      TruthPrevails :-)......never claimed to be an expert, the Bible is alive and I'm will constantly be learning until Jesus returns. It's full of facts tried and true. No one can produce any evidence to dispute a single fact. They can spew opinions, twist words, etc., but no one has every truly disproved one word in it, NOT ONE WORD. Sure you claim to know everything. Your disputing a book that has survived for thousands of years, managed to never be destroy, even though it is the most hated work there ever was or ever will be. I admit I do not know everything, only God knows everything. The smartest man on this planet does not know everything or he would be God. Never said I did. You just make an assumption. I just know what I know and I know that noone has disproved the bible ever. Debunked is a joke. People have quoted their opinions, their thoughts their ideas, but it has never been debunked. That's an atheistic LIE! God is the only reason we are as advanced as we are. If what you say is true, why do we die sooner than the people who lived in bible times when man lived by God's law. Man's way brings death. Soon you will be praying for a God to save you from this world. Obama is a glimpse of what life without God will be. Poverty, death, murder, wars, hate, torture, police state, etc. Open your eyes boy.
      You are wrong. I have the evidence. It's called the Bible. I can't read it or study it for you, but it's right in front of your face. You just close your eye's, ears, and mind. Debunk it for yourself. Don't take the word of others that it is debunked. Your a smart guy, do it for yourself. None of us are good, only God is good.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Atheist Hunter: The bible is not proof of anything!! Using it to prove anything within it is called circular reasoning and falls flat. It is obvious that you simply don't care that what you believe is true and so our conversation is done. You are a pathetic human! Enjoy your delusion-your imaginary friend will never return because no-one returns from the dead (and for that there is FACTUAL scientific evidence).

      September 19, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      TruthPrevails :-)..........If the bible proves nothing why do you fight against it all day long here? Then prove it wrong. Do your atheistic friends a favor and get off this blog and disprove the bible. You won't cause you can't. I know it is true. The conversation is done because you are wrong and have no facts to go on, just the hot air of fools. A pathetic human is an atheist who is lost without God and spends their days blogging about his non-existence. The do if God awakens them. Jesus wasn't the only one that happened to.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  4. gabriel

    OK, Jesus had a wife. We are now even, so will you stop burning things over the issue of Islam being denigrated? And will antiChritians now stop their verbal attacks?

    September 19, 2012 at 7:09 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      awwww... cause christians are always so nice to everyone else. never verbal attacks from xians...

      September 19, 2012 at 7:13 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Bootyfunk............Christians don't watch a film and then slaughter anyone they can get their hands on because if hurt their feelings.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Nope christards just kill because you don't believe in their imaginary friend! They protest anything that doesn't match their fairy tale.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  5. Ryan

    I can't believe I read this whole article. The whole article should read, "Tiny fragment of papyrus taken out of context means nothing and is proof of nothing.". Then again, lack of proof is kind of a recurring motif on the 'belief blog'. But CNN knows what they are doing, posting this nonsense. With 48+ pages of comments, I'm betting this little non-story generated at least $500 in ad revenue.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:09 am |
  6. the prophet

    how blasphemous and insulting to Jesus. I think I'll burn down some embassies and kill a few ambassadors

    September 19, 2012 at 7:07 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      but it's christians doing it to christians, so it doesn't qualify. well, i forget how the rules go. insanity is so hard to keep track of...

      September 19, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Bootyfunk..........but it's not Christians doing it at all. Get it right boy.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:42 am |
  7. Who cares!!!!

    @ Kat & Quid
    The hunderds, maybe thousands, of priests housekeepers who have been servicing the lads for room and board and minimum wage for decades and may want to gain marital staus and rights. After all if she looks like a wife, acts like a wife (no children of course), she should be treated like a wife, despite what the vicar of christ on earth rules. Good time to come out of the closet ladies and demand your rights.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:05 am |
  8. God is a man made delusion

    "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."

    And why is that do you suppose?

    September 19, 2012 at 7:05 am |
    • Jim

      The four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – tell the story of Jesus' birth and early childhood"
      ...facepalm...
      Never actually read the Gospels have you? No? I didn't think so. Only Matthew and Luke have a birth story. Mark and John start with Jesus meeting John the Baptist.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:12 am |
  9. richunix

    and it took THIS long for people to realize that the man was married......

    Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

    September 19, 2012 at 7:04 am |
  10. JustPlainJoe

    Religion: the world's largest projective test. Everyone sees what they want, adjusts facts as they need and uses what will best serve them (for good or ill).

    September 19, 2012 at 7:03 am |
  11. El prójimo

    Apocalipsis 19:7 Gocémonos y alegrémonos y démosle gloria; porque han llegado las bodas del Cordero, y su esposa se ha preparado.
    19:8 Y a ella se le ha concedido que se vista de lino fino, limpio y resplandeciente; porque el lino fino es las acciones justas de los santos.
    19:9 Y el ángel me dijo: Escribe: Bienaventurados los que son llamados a la cena de las bodas del Cordero. Y me dijo: Estas son palabras verdaderas de Dios.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:01 am |
    • Primewonk

      Nuttery is sttill nuttery – no matter what language you post it in.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  12. Byrd

    Kinda gives an entirely new meaning to his assertion that he was coming again. Guess that was really just meant to be kept between him and the wife.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:00 am |
  13. millennium3

    Jesus kept his promise and has already come back
    in the beginning of this Last and Third Day (=Millennium); John 6/40

    please, see and clearly and unmistakably witness it now with your own eyes here:

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    (within UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES)

    September 19, 2012 at 6:59 am |
    • richunix

      You know your quoting from a manuscript that is questionable at best. Considering John didn’t write the gospel, a trained Greek scribe did and that was about 90 years after the fact…..owwww the plot thickens….

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      September 19, 2012 at 7:08 am |
  14. Mohammed

    The Holy Quarn Said about Jesus Peace be upon Him:
    [And mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah ].
    He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous..She said, "My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?" [The angel] said, "Such is Allah ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is..And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel
    ..
    And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], 'Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.
    And [I have come] confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you. And I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me...

    September 19, 2012 at 6:59 am |
  15. Agapatos

    What a dumb news network that would print hearsay by this before its been academically reviewed....

    September 19, 2012 at 6:58 am |
  16. midogs2

    So, what's really important here, his marital status, or his message?

    September 19, 2012 at 6:56 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Neither...

      September 19, 2012 at 6:57 am |
  17. 2357

    When Yeshua was tempted by Satan, he was shown the uttermost glories of the world, I assure you it wasn't G-rated Disneyland.
    Angels worshipped and ministered to Yeshua. Why on earth would he need a wife.

    September 19, 2012 at 6:53 am |
  18. Kat

    Who really cares? What a waste of time!!!

    September 19, 2012 at 6:51 am |
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      Who really cares? What a waste of time!!!

      September 19, 2012 at 6:54 am |
  19. Troy

    ATTACK!!! Oh wait, I forgot, that's the other peaceful religion that does that. Good thing we evolved

    September 19, 2012 at 6:51 am |
  20. Kat

    WHO CARES?!!!!!!

    September 19, 2012 at 6:50 am |
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      WHO CARES?!!!!!!

      September 19, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • abe

      i think there are many indications of Jesus being married in the bible, one particular instance where Mary of Magdalene washed his feet with her hair. Now correct me please ,but didn't Judaic tradition then only allow that if that was your sister or wife. So which one was Mary of Magdalene?

      September 19, 2012 at 7:05 am |
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