According to a Harvard scholar, the Lord Jesus had a wife! What is the recent evidence submitted by Karen King as proof? It is a fourth century fragment of papyrus (1.5 by 3 inch) with four Coptic words on it which translates to, “Jesus said to them, my wife”! This is what we read:
Four words on a previously unknown papyrus fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married, Harvard Professor Karen King told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies today.
King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, announced the existence of the ancient text at the congress’ meeting, held every four years and hosted this year by the Vatican’s Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome. The four words that appear on the fragment translate to, “Jesus said to them, my wife.” The words, written in Coptic, a language of Egyptian Christians, are on a papyrus fragment of about one and a half inches by three inches.
Folks, the proof from “scholar” Karen King is full of holes! Why? Because:
- We don’t know what else the 1.5 by 3 inch fragment says.
- We don’t know who wrote the fragment or how credible he/she was.
- We don’t know which Jesus is being referred to. There were multiple people named Jesus even in the Bible (Col. 4:11; Acts 13:6; etc.).
Since the Bible is final authority for all doctrinal issues for Christians (2 Tim. 3:16,17) and the Bible says nothing about the Lord Jesus having a wife, then that is what we should believe. It should not be an issue anyway. Nothing is changed either way. Jesus of Nazareth is still the son of God and God in the flesh, who died for the sins of all mankind on the cross. He lived sinlessly and remains the only way to the father (John 14:6).
Was Mary Magdalene Jesus’ Wife?
Some people think the Mary Magdalene of the Bible was married to Jesus and are adamant without any Biblical evidence! Therefore, they have NO real proof. So was Mary Magdalene mentioned in a special way? Perhaps, but NEVER as Jesus’ wife! Here is what we read:
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. (Luke 8:1-3)
Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna and many others were all cured of evil spirits and diseases, traveled with Jesus and the Twelve and helped to support them financially. It is noted twice that Mary Magdalene had seven demons cast out of her (Luke 8:1-3; Mk. 16:9). Certainly she loved Jesus much, as they all did, but that doesn’t mean any were the Lord’s wife!
To infer that an unknown papyrus fragment is authoritative on this issue is to be on a par with those who wrongly exalt the Mayan calendar and conclude that December 21, 2012 is the end of the world! The real Jesus of the Bible warned about massive religious deception. Be very careful what you believe and make sure it is backed with proof from the Bible. Remember to also carefully check the immediate context of the passage. Do you know the real Jesus of the Bible?