Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content at the RNS Archives website.

(RNS) The Harvard Theological Review is postponing publication of a major article on the papyrus fragment in which Jesus seems to refer to his wife, raising further doubts about a discovery that was set to turn Christian history on its head when it was announced last September. By David Gibson.

16 Comments

  1. No Jew is a Jew if not believe any messenger of God from Adam to Jacob.
    No Christian is a Christian if not believe any Biblical messenger of God from Adam to Jesus.
    No Muslim is a Muslim if not believe any messenger of God from Adam to Muhammad including Moses, David, Jesus. Muslims are taking name of all messengers of God with respect. e.g. Jesus peace be upon him.
    Why Christians loves Jesus’ killer(Jews) and hate his respecters(Muslims)?
    After Muhammad(pbuh) no new messenger and not established new religion but branches grows in all formed religions.
    If anybody says Jesus Christ was married, he/she is liar. Not have this record in the bible, not in Qur’an.
    Please give reply with peaceful mind, not through out as your enemy.
    Nobody master in his/her religion.
    I am a Muslim, a student in school of Islam and eager to know about various religion. I have some questions from the bible and need reply clear from the bible but after reply of this question.
    Forgive me if I heart to anybody.

  2. rev daniel hesko

    I fail to see how this fragment, even if it is 4th. C. Would turn Christianity on it’s head, as the article states. Gnostic gospels from that time are well known and state all kinds of things, that the Church rejected at the time, and still rejects today. I am ‘under-awe’ by all the hoop-la.

  3. Yeshua (Jesus) was called “Rabbi” in His lifetime. No matter what one’s other qualities or qualifications, one had to be married at the time to be respected in that position. Hangups about Jesus being married are strictly a product of relatively modern prudishness, which would have been completely alien to the social attitudes of the day.

    As far as what writings the Church has or has not accepted, it’s important to keep in mind that its approach in the early Councils was essentially to decide first what was theologically acceptable, and then include as canonical only those texts which were consistent with the accepted theology. This was a process which was continued further in the Reformation, where additional texts were thrown out as inconsistent with the new theological tenets being promulgated.

  4. I have to wonder why it should turn Christianity on its head if Jesus were married. If marriage is seen as a sacred institution and vocation in the Christian faith–indeed, many clergy members do marry–does a marriage negate the good Jesus has done? Different people are said to be filled with the Spirit–some married, some single. I am more concerned about how we treat members of the human family than whether Jesus had a wife–although if he did, I’d love to find out who this very special person was.

  5. May you visit the website www.thename.ph and www.thenameonline.info and read its main page now to be informed of God’s judgement upon the religious leaders, priests and pastors as written in the prophecy in the Bible that was revealed by Teacher Eraño Martin Evangelista and what they can do to avert it. Thank you.

  6. May all be informed:
    Based from the Bible revelations of Teacher Eraño Evangelista in the link:
    http://www.thename.ph/thename/revelations/greatestdeception-en.htm

    There is a Word of God about Jesus-the descendant/offspring of King David that we should know:

    2 Samuel 7:12-14
    New International Version (NIV)
    12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. WHEN HE DOES WRONG, I WILL PUNISH HIM WITH A ROD WIELDED BY MEN, WITH FLOGGINGS INFLICTED BY HUMAN HANDS
    In the said verses: 2 Samuel 7:12-14 – we can read that God speaks of a coming offspring of David and not a literal “son of God” as what the religions preach.
    Is it really true that Jesus was a descendant of David?
    …to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.
    The virgin’s name was Mary.
    Luke 1:27 (NIV)

    Jesus’ true father is Joseph who belongs to the house of David. So if we are to believe the teaching of the religions that Jesus is the “son of God,” then it should be Mary who should belong to the house of David.
    And:
    You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
    Luke 1:31 (NIV)

    And who was Jesus’ father?
    He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.
    Luke 1:32 (NIV)

    “will be called” – As you have read it, Jesus was only a son or a descendant of David not a real son of God;” he was just a man.
    Is it true –that Jesus is a son of David? In Matthew 1:1

    A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham-Matt 1:1
    Now we can see that the prophecy in 2 Sam7:12-14 about a coming descendant of David and not a son of God has been fulfilled.
    Considering the prophecy in II Samuel 7:12-14 that if the descendant of David commits a wrong or an iniquity, he will be punished with the rod of men. Maestro Evangelista says Jesus was also punished by men. What is the proof?

    All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
    Matthew 27:25-26 (NIV)

    Jesus was flogged by men which when we read again what God stated in the prophecy in 2 Sam 7:14:
    14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. WHEN HE DOES WRONG, I WILL PUNISH HIM WITH A ROD WIELDED BY MEN, WITH FLOGGINGS INFLICTED BY HUMAN HANDS

    We can discover for ourselves that based on what God said in the prophecy that the real reason why He allowed Jesus -the descendant of king David to be beaten by men was not for our sins but for his (Jesus) own wrongdoing.
    It appears now that the Apostles-the writers of the New Testament who claimed that Jesus was sent by God to be beaten for our sins were hiding from us what really happened to Jesus.
    Worse than that, the apostles made us worship Jesus -who in reality was punished by God for his own wrongdoing! How will God hear our plea of salvation if we worship the one whom He has punished! We are indeed cursed as written in Deut.11:28 because we worship a false god made by the apostles.
    It is a shame that we even question God why we are suffering today. The truth is we allowed ourselves to be deceived by the teachings of the apostles!
    The pastors would say it was King Solomon who was prophesied in 2 Samuel 7:12-14 but he wasn’t flogged by men when he committed sin against God.
    It was Jesus -the offspring of David – who was flogged and beaten by the rod of men.
    Again, Read this link: http://www.thename.ph/thename/revelations/greatestdeception-en.htm

    Thank you

  7. Jennifer Warren Hauser

    Has the text of the papyri fragment been released–untranslated? It would be nice to read the text for myself, make/reconstruct my own translation; the photograph I’ve seen isn’t entirely legible, and I’ve only seen the one side. Thanks for any information.

  8. Seems that when it first came out. . . not only King, but two coptic/papyrus experts felt that it was legitimate. . . not one expert has yet proven it is not. . . yet it seems it is quietly being swept under the carpet. . .

  9. May you read this article regarding the true message of Jesus as written in the Bible to all churches (his believers) as revealed by Maestro(Teacher) Eraño Martin Evangelista in this link:
    http://www.thename.ph/thename/revelations/jesusreal-en.html
    Due to Maestro Evangelista’s authority in the scriptures as God’s true prophet and as the real messenger of Jesus, it is strongly suggested that all the religious leaders and preachers and so-called Bible Scholars make a public apology to all the people of the world for they have propagated erroneous teachings about God and Jesus.
    They also need to return ALL the money offerings, tithes, and properties that they had received from their church members because of their false teachings.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments with many links may be automatically held for moderation.