The Wife of Jesus?
Recently news outlets, internet comment boxes, and the blogosphere have been buzzing over the contents of a small Coptic fragment where Jesus appears to reference having a wife. The existence of the fragment was announced by Professor Karen King on 18 September 2012, and interested readers can view a pre-publication copy of King’s here, and two videos (one, two) where she attempts to explain the discovery and its significance. This, unofficial, website exists to help people form their own opinions about the fragment’s importance and authenticity by listing some notable discussions that have been posted online about the discovery. Starting from 26 September any additions will be noted at the bottom of the page under ‘updates’. If you think that we have missed something please let us know.
The fragment reads:
1 ] “not [to] me. My mother gave to me li[fe…”
2 ] The disciples said to Jesus, “.[
3 ] deny. Mary is worthy of it[
4 ]……” Jesus said to them, “My wife . .[
5 ]… she will be able to be my disciple . . [
6 ] Let wicked people swell up … [
7] As for me, I dwell with her in order to . [
8] an image [
1 ] my moth[er
2 ] three [
3 ] … [
4 ] forth which … [
5 ] (illegible ink traces)
Facts, Questions and Answers:
Please note: Harvard University have released their own series of questions and answered that should also be consulted by interested readers. Please click on each header to reveal the (forthcoming) comments.
Discussion on the Fragment:
1. The Fragment’s Contents and Significance
-Did Jesus Have a Wife?
-New Gospel Fragment: Preliminary Notes and Hypothesis
Daniel B. Wallace
-Reality Check: The “Jesus Wife” Coptic Fragment
-“The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife…Maybe…Maybe Not
-The Far Less Sensational Truth about Jesus’ Wife
-So What if Jesus Had A Wife?
- “And Jesus said my wife [is not like these]…”
- The Wife of Christ? No Way!
2. The Fragment’s Authenticity
-Gospel of Jesus’ Wife
-The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife~ A Rogueclassicist Perspective
-The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed
-The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed (summary)
-Inventing Jesus’ Wife
-Gospel of Jesus’s Wife is fake, claims expert (the Guardian’s report on Francis Watson’s article)
- Could the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife be a “Collage” of Words and Phrases Culled Exclusively from the Coptic Gospel of Thomas?
- Synopsis of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and the Coptic Gospel of Thomas
-Is the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife a Fake?
-Is the “Jesus’ wife” papyrus a forgery? And other queries
Hugo and Lundhaug Alin Suciu
- On the So-Called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. Some Preliminary Thoughts
Peter M. Head
-More Questions in Jesus’ Wife Fragment
26 September: Hugo and Lundhaug Alin Suciu On the So-Called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. Some Preliminary Thoughts
26 September: Jaweed Kaleem ‘Jesus Wife’ Research Leads To Suspicions That Artifact Is A Fake