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'The Gospel Of Jesus' Wife,' New Early Christian Text, Indicates Jesus May Have Been Married

'The Gospel Of Jesus' Wife,' New Early Christian Text, Indicates Jesus May Have Been Married

Commented Oct 1, 2012 at 13:54:34 in Religion

“The possibilities you site seem to be organized differently than mine.

I see only a couple:

(1) Papyrus is ancient, ink is ancient: This would mean that there was possibly a fringe gnostic group which believed either that Jesus was physically married or spiritually married. Chances are, that they would have believed that Jesus was spiritually married because gnostics (as far as we know) didn't believe physical marriage was good. They believed that the physical realm was evil and were to try to escape it by attaining the secret knowledge (gnosis) which would free them from this sphere of reality and move them into the next. Since most of the papyrus was taken from the Gospel of Thomas (a gnostic gospel), we can assume the person who wrote the papyrus was a gnostic, too. We cannot rule out that there were gnostic groups which may have deviated slightly from the traditional gnostic belief that Jesus was not physically married.

(2) Papyrus is ancient, ink is modern: Modern-day forgery

(3) Papyrus is modern, ink is modern: Modern-day forgery

Once the chemical tests come in, we should know with more certainty when the fragment was created. If it is ancient, this might or might not give us insight into the diversity of the gnostic societies which existed in the date that the papyrus and ink are dated.

This could be exciting for the reasons mentioned. It won't give any insight into Apostolic (mid to late-1st century) Christianity.”