web analytics
August 29, 2014 / 3 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Home » News & Views

The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

The recurring uproar over the facts surrounding the life of Jesus now surrounds the discovery of an ancient papyrus bearing the words “Jesus said to them, my wife”.

The discovery of a 4th century Egyptian Coptic papyrus fragment was publicized at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome on Tuesday by a professor of the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at the school, released a statement noting that Christian tradition “Has long held that Jesus was not married,” and stated that the new find – being called “The Gospel of Jesus’s wife” – suggests that his being dubbed unmarried was likely due to “vociferous debates about sexuality and marriage.”

An analysis by King of the fragment will be published in the Harvard Theological Review in January 2013.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

8 Responses to “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife”

  1. None of the 'gospels' that have come from this area have proven to be reliable. There were hundreds of documents produced all over the then known world. Many were attempts to reconcile other paganistic beliefs with belief in Jesus. They were rejected by the first generation of Jesus followers and it was only when these first generations died away that the paganization and the anti semitism began to overtake the 'christian' church. The Roman Empire did what it always did when it met an iunstoppable force, it 'embraced' it, the same Empirical force that had ethnically cleansed Israel of most of it's Jews adopted and mixed it with the other pagan beliefs that two thirds of the Empire adhered to. Many of the priests who came to be of influence simply changed gowns and altered their language but remained ostensibly believers in the same gods and practices they had before. They altered the calenders and saw to it that the church rejected the Biblical Feasts in favour of the pagan feasts and festivals and the very familiar history of persecution of the Jewish people rose. None of this was anything to do with either the Tanakh or what Jesus taught. It is intresting to note that many of the first Christian martyrs were executed for refusing to change from the Biblical sabbath to Sunday and for refusing to adopt the pagan feasts. In North Wales well over a thousand such believers were executed in the first millenium AD. It isn't any surprise therefore that a whole series of documents will keep turning up and be heralded as some new revelation. For whatever reason people may have for giving them creedence they should really be filed under the heading historical artefacts of passing academic interest only.

  2. Kate Snider says:

    There are several authorities who are already labeling this a forgery. Let's consider possible academic motivations for announcing this "discovery."

  3. Reina M Avila says:

    Jesus does have a "wife" and "bride" and it's the Church also reavealed in scripture as a beautiful woman. The "harlot" is the chuch that breaks the commands of God and is full of pagan rites, idols, etc. and profanes the holy sabbath. To think that Jesus is speaking of a flesh and blood wife is carnal minded and only those who are lost to salvation think that way. Jesus spoke of rebirth, not of flesh as we cannot return to our mothers womb, but of "spiritual birth." Yes that have eyes to see with and ears to hear with (opened to the things not of this world) shall see and hear. He also taught, "Do not love this world or anything in it for this world and all things in it will pass away." He always pointed and gave honor and glory to G-d, never himself. Love G-d with all your heart, mind and spirit for G-d is spirit. G-d is Love and we are to love him in spirit and in truth.

  4. Also Reina, is that maybe they don't realise there are many men called Jesus, as there still are today. However, like you I believe what the bible tells me through eye witnesses. people have been trying to disprove the bible since inception, and I guess they will continue until the last person dies off the face of the earth, or until………….

  5. Craig M Kent says:

    Faithful followers of our Lord Jesus will understand that the earthshattering news has no real grounds to be considered true. It was reputedly written some 300 years after Jesus rose from the grave. No other contemporary history has ever been found indicating Jesus had a wife. It ialso appears to be incomplete and has no real context for interpretation. It could be that wife might be the "bride" which is better understood as the church which is made up of faithful followers who have a relationship with Him and not any one single Christian religious organisation.

  6. Henri Korn says:

    In Jewish tradition only the wife and mother are allowed to view the mortal remains of a man. At Golgotha at the foot of the cross stood Mary-Magdalena and the Mary the mother of Jesus. This indicates that Mary-Magdalena was presumably in a relationship with Jesus.

  7. Yeshua taught from the Torah as His primary source. This, sadly, often put Him at odds with many things that had become traditions over the years. He often was critical of how Torah was being interpreted and for this He was deeply scrutinized for any sign that He was attempting to break the words of scripture. In the end it was the question of Who He declared Himself to be that was the ultimate issue used against Him.
    If He had been in a marriage with anyone it would have been common knowledge to everyone, especially His followers.He clearly called those who followed Him his family, brothers, sisters. As He was dying He is recorded as instructing His followers, in accordance with known practice, to take Miriam as their mother, He made no mention of provision for a wife, something which is of course clearly layed out in the Torah. At an earlier time He also answered a Sh'eilah put to Him on the question of marriage where a wife who has lost her husband then marries his brother. His response clearly shows Him to be aware of the Mitzvots concerning marriage. His views on what contemporary society euphamistically refers to as 'relationship' were very clearly spelled. He clearly considered 'relationships' outside marriage to be fornication. He would not have kept His reputation more than an hour in First Century Israel if He had been double minded in this respect.
    It is good however to at least recognize that Jesus and His followers were concerned to be observant.

  8. Rose Pappas says:

    THIS SO CALLED NEWLY DISCOVERED DOCUMENT IS JUST AN OLD WELL KNOWN FRAGMENT OF THE GNOSTIC WRITINGS. THE GNOSTICS LIVED IN THE THIRD AND FOURTH CENTURIES, ADOPTED NAMES OF BIBLICAL PERSONS, AND WROTE FANTASTIC, TOTALLY UNTRUE, WEIRD ACCOUNTS OF VISIONS THAT THEY SEEMED TO HAVE RECEIVED WHILE SMOKING THE WRONG KIND OF GRASS. THE GNOSTIC WRITINGS ARE TOTALLY DISGRACEFUL WILD IMAGININGS. I DID A REPORT ON THEM FOR A CABLE ACCESS TV SHOW. SO I HAD TO READ SOME OF THEM. AND SOME OF THEM CLAIMED TO BE STORIES OF JESUS CHILDHOOD, WHERE HE WAS REPORTED AS BEING AN UNCONTROLABLE BRAT WHO CAUSED ACCIDENTS TO HAPPEN TO HIS FRIENDS SO HE COULD HEAL THEIR INJURIES. THE MANUSCRIPTS WERE BURIED IN CLAY JARS IN THE FOURTH CENTURY AND DISCOVERED NEAR THE MIDDLE OF THE 20TH CENTURY. THEY ARE WORSE THAN WORTHLESS. THEY ARE CALLED THE "LOST GOSPELS" BUT THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY NOT GOSPELS AT ALL. THEY ARE NOT HISTORICAL WRITINGS. THEY ARE RAMBLINGS OF DERANGED MINDS

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal in Gaza
Mashaal Vows Cease-Fire a Step to New ‘Resistance’ War against Israel
Latest News Stories
Netanyahu meets with Congressional House Armed Services Committee member Howard Buck McKeon.

Netanyahu gets support from Congressmen on House Armed Services Committee

Jewish Entertainment 1

Some Chareidi entertainers thrilled the crowd on Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street with some Jewish entertainment.    

Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal in Gaza

Hamas’ supreme leader Khaled Mashaal dashed any hopes of long-term peace with Israel in a speech in Qatar on Thursday in which he shot from the hip at Israel and also at his terrorist organization’s new partner, the rival Fatah movement headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. His lengthy speech in Qatar, which has […]

Many of the Syrian soldiers were not armed when ISIS captured and then slaughtered them.

Police are still working to confirm the identity of a body that was found by searchers hunting for missing yeshiva student Aharon Sofer.

Iconic pro-Israel comedian Joan Rivers is in critical condition following a throat procedure.

UN troops fled their posts along the Syrian-Israel border after they decided it was too dangerous for them to do their job.

In the wake of a 12th Israel-Gaza cease-fire, Britain’s Jews and Muslims have issued a joint call for peace.

The investigation shed light on the movements of the drug traffickers operating under Hezbollah’s direction in Lebanon and Israel.

Drug dealers suspected of aiding Hezbollah make inroads into Israel; smuggling attempts also included Jordan, Syria

No longer the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as President of Turkey today. As a result, Erdogan will continue driving Turkey down his Islamic path for another 5 years, as Erdogan consolidates the power under the presidency. His foreign minister and ally, Ahmet Davutoğlu, will be taking over as Prime […]

IDF soldiers fired warning shots at a group of Gazans who approached the border fence near Nachal Oz. The group distanced itself from the fence, and there are no reports of injuries.

Only time PLO seems interested in justice for Palestinians is when Israel is involved

The United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) has come under increasing fire in recent weeks for aiding Hamas in the terror group’s war against Israel, with one advocacy group lodging a formal complaint against the organization. As evidence seems to continue to emerge of the use of the agency’s schools and clinics as Hamas storehouses, […]

Jews in Mariupol, Ukraine are trapped as rebels, Russians and Ukraine forces advance towards their city to fight for control.

More Articles from Malkah Fleisher
Godzilla (R.)

A green bell pepper affectionately dubbed “Godzilla” by the children of Moshav Ein Yahav in the northern Arava desert has won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Though the permissibility of watching hired sports players go to battle in a large stadium is a source of controversy amongst Torah observant Jews, the food being served at the upcoming Super Bowl games in New Orleans is not.

Rabbi Yitzchok Moully, youth director at the Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, will be introducing a new art installation in honor of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year of Trees, inspired by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

More than 2,000 people have made contributions in memory of the young victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut to plant a grove of trees in Israel.

Shoshana Hebshi, a half-Jewish, half-Arab woman from Ohio is suing Frontier Airlines, the FBI, TSA and other governmental agencies after she says she was forced off a flight, strip-searched, and imprisoned on the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

Women may enter military combat in the United States, following the lift of a military ban on women in combat by defense secretary Leon Panetta.

The Jewish National Fund will reconsider a plan to forest parts of the Arava desert, following the request of environmental organizations to consider the impact of trying to alter the native ecosystem.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Israel and western countries not to attempt to stop Iran’s nuclear program through military means.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/the-gospel-of-jesuss-wife/2012/09/19/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: