Simcha begins his latest rant – not, it is really not even organized well enough to be called a rant – by stating,
Here’s the latest twist on the Jesus Wife Papyrus. To review; prior to this discovery, the common wisdom was that there was nothing – I repeat, nothing – substantiating the idea that Jesus was married. No ancient text whatsoever. It was all “Da Vinci Code” stuff. Then along comes the Jesus Papyrus: (http://www.hds.harvard.edu/faculty-research/research-projects/the-gospel-of-jesuss-wife), a 2nd to 4th century Coptic text in which Jesus refers to someone – apparently Mary Magdalene – as his “wife”. (here)
A few things. First, why is it that his default is the Da Vinci Code? Second, the Gnostics and others had theories about the wife of Jesus a long time ago. Third, the text does not talk about the “wife” of Jesus. It uses a Coptic word that can be translated one of several different ways. Forth – is this number four already? – Simcha supplies the ending of the garbled sentence, in true — oh dang it, he now has me doing it — Dan Brown style. Let us add to this that Simcha, with no academic training to speak of in this field, decries the academic work of trained scholars by simply saying that because it is so dead-on, it must be wrong.
(Hang on, let me put on my Freudian hat and light a cigar).
Simcha seems to suffer from the theory of motivated reasoning wherein the subject will use whatever psychological means at his or her disposal to ignore the truth. It is most likely related to Simcha’s desire to “know” Jesus’s wife.
(And I’m back)
His, um, posts are getting worrisome due to the almost borderline break down that we are witnessing. Good thing Canada has single-payer health care.