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Did Jesus Have a Wife? If So, How Does That Change Things- Open Thread

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The NY Times reports,
historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: "Jesus said to them, "My wife ...' "

The text beyond "my wife" is cut off. There is also a fragment of text "Mary is worthy of it."

The old testament was codified about the same time-- when hundreds of writings were rejected and thrown out. 

Questions abound.  Is it talking about Mary Magdalene? What effect does this have on the Roman Catholic churches policy about celibate priests? 

How does the story and the message and the teachings and values change if Jesus has a family? 

What are your thoughts?


image of Mary Magdalene fro wikipedia

 

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It just doesn't seem important to me.... by Timothy Gatto on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 3:27:11 PM
My initial reaction to Jesus being married was "so... by Burl Hall on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 4:00:40 PM
You can bet the Catholic church will be all over t... by Carol Lemieux on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 4:04:37 PM
  If Jesus was really God in the flesh I woul... by Bob Gormley on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 4:35:25 PM
The Catholic Church established its control throug... by Textynn N on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:37:57 PM
True Carol.  This isn't new information. ... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 2:29:36 PM
Anyone who has studied the bible knows this. Jesus... by Bob Gormley on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 4:33:42 PM
of the Gospel According to Luke. And the whole "co... by M. Wizard on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 6:35:54 PM
These Gnostic gospels were remnants preserved by a... by Textynn N on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:43:28 PM
... for Dan Brown, who, like Jules Verne, may have... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 7:47:54 PM
The council of Nicea also rejected scores, perhaps... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 9:32:11 PM
The Council of Nicea is a political decision makin... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 2:42:31 PM
 (you don't mind if I call you "MA" do you?) ... by M. Wizard on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 11:23:44 AM
LOL, well, M., since this is just a comment, not a... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 12:31:33 PM
Fundamentalists will scoff at this latest piece of... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 10:59:45 PM
The Sacred Union is the secret of creation and the... by Textynn N on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:46:55 PM
The Essenes believed that Jesus was married and co... by Textynn N on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:29:41 PM
I hope he did.... that way he could have experienc... by Jack Swint on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 6:13:33 AM
and rule the world. No doubt that person of Jesus ... by Ethan Hollow on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 10:47:23 AM
it was Mary Madeleine who of all the apostles was ... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 11:37:06 AM
thanks for that resource, Michael. I do lean towar... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 12:38:33 PM
Despite the name Roman Catholic Church, most forge... by Richard Pietrasz on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 2:08:17 PM
My hypothesis is that the Roman empire in essence ... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 2:57:43 PM
How come they were able to protect theirs interest... by Ethan Hollow on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 5:10:44 PM
  This is a wonderful discussion. We mus... by Theresa Paulfranz on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 1:42:40 PM
Hate to say this Theresa, but if my reading of the... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 3:02:33 PM
I always said that this was preparing us for the t... by Ethan Hollow on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 5:20:10 PM
is that we need to interject some personal subject... by Theresa Paulfranz on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 1:49:04 PM
This is interesting as a topic of discussion, but ... by Richard Pietrasz on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 2:15:43 PM
If any further evidence allows one to conclude tha... by R. A. Landbeck on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 2:42:51 PM
Oh, what difference does it make?  What says ... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 3:18:06 PM
  A fascinating thing about femininity is t... by Theresa Paulfranz on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 3:43:33 PM
You're absolutely right Theresa.  There are s... by Burl Hall on Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 6:04:01 PM
if you have not read The Moon Under Her Feet by Cl... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 7:00:41 PM
discussion. I think Jesus would have laughed at He... by Jon Fox on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 5:09:14 PM
It adds more evidence already revealed in some of ... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 8:05:33 PM
I submitted this pertinent comment on another foru... by Sam S on Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 10:39:56 AM
It's true about the Gospel of Phillip, as I mentio... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 4:13:55 PM