Monday, September 24, 2012

Papyrus fragment with reference to Jesus' 'wife' stirs debate

An previously unknown scrap of ancient
papyrus written in ancient Coptic is
pictured in this undated handout photo.
The fouth-century text provides the first
known piece of evidence that some early
followers of Jesus proposed that he was
married.
(Credit: CNS photograph/Karen L. King,
courtesy of Harvard University)
... From Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service


ROME (CNS) Scholars are unlikely to agree anytime soon on the authenticity of a newly published text containing a reference to Jesus' "wife."

But the tiny papyrus fragment, purportedly dating to the fourth century A.D., has already stirred interest in the early church's attitudes toward marriage, sex and the role of women.

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