Mr. and Mrs. Jesus? What did the earliest Egyptian Christians believe?

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.

via Suggestion of a married Jesus | Harvard Gazette.

You cannot make a real assumption of where this came from (rather, what community) based only on a scrap of paper…. But it is interesting nevertheless.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

3 thoughts on “Mr. and Mrs. Jesus? What did the earliest Egyptian Christians believe?

  1. What is amazing is that people accept these words written by some unknown person in a language that is related to other religious beliefs and without critical thought.

    So some unknown author put words into Jesus’ mouth, there is no real evidence to support such a claim. It is mere hearsay from an unbeliever who has gnostic leanings.

    All claims of Jesus being married come from unbiblical and unchristian sources so why are people not dismissing these words as a lie and false teaching?

    Why would anyone take the word of an unbelieving ‘scholar’? The Bible teaches about false teachers, why is no one applying that fact to these words and that scholar? She is bringing a different gospel than the one Jesus and the disciples brought thus she should be ignored and dismissed.

    1. Wait.. say what? language related to other religious beliefs? You do understand that Coptics are Christian, right? That Greek is the language of pagans, right? That God didn’t just speak Hebrew.

      So some unknown author put words into Jesus’ mouth

      You mean like Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John?

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