The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ Is Real: What Now?
Historians, engineers, and linguists have pored over a three-inch piece of papyrus that makes mention of Jesus’s wife. What does this discovery actually mean?
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I brought this up with my Bible Study yesterday at the retirement home, and we had a GREAT talk. And listen, they have a LOT more years on people who have vocally tried to dismiss it as a modern day hoax.
So what did we discuss?
Much like our previous discussion of the Noah film the Bible does leave gaps for a person’s imagination to fill. In Jesus’s case, one of these gaps was the 18-30 year one from his birth to his appearance in the wilderness to be baptized by John. This gave rise to an ancient period of manuscripts imagining what Jesus’s life as a boy might’ve been like (see especially the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, c. 300 CE).
A fragment of a manuscript that had Jesus himself referring to his wife, dating anytime up to the 8th or 9th centuries, according to this article, may be similar literature that tried to address a LONG standing question as to why a 30 year old Jewish man IN THOSE DAYS still would have been single.
However, another possibility, without going all conspiracy on the matter, is to consider the manuscript as an exhortation on the Church as the Bride, or in this case, wife of Christ.
THAT has profound implications for the Church, especially as it discusses marriage, because at its essence a marriage is a partnership between two people who make lifelong promises to each other, which are never to be broken.
In this case that partnership would then be between Christ and his Church, one of whom keeps those promises a lot better than the other.
So what if we have a post-canonical document dating all the way back before the dark ages in which Jesus is said to have said “my wife”?
What if he was said to have been referring to the Church and the promises we have supposedly made to him through our baptisms?
THAT makes for a great discussion on faith, as we had the other day.