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New Gospel Speaks of Jesus’ Wife

19/09/2012

Egypt, News, Religion

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief
Last Modified: 15:42 PM EDT, 19 September 2012

Ancient Scroll, Phot by Aran TharpeOn Tuesday, 18 September 2012, Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts announced the existence of a fourth-century fragment that alludes to Jesus being married.

The announcement contradicts the assertion which has been assiduously advanced by the Catholic Church that Jesus never married. The church based this claim on a theologian known as Clement of Alexandria, who in 200 C.E. wrote that Jesus did not marry. Therein lies the controversy with King’s contentious discovery.

From a sociological standpoint, as a Jewish man living at that time and in that part of the world it is highly unlikely that Jesus would have been unmarried because marriage and childbearing were and continue to be a central component of Jewish life. In fact, it is considered a ‘great mitzvah,’ andif someone intentionally does not fulfill this mitzvah is considered analogous to a murderer.’

The idea of Jesus being married has not been problematic in Judaism or Islam in which sexuality within the context of marriage is considered healthy, natural, and pleasurable. This is not to say the same of does not exists in many Christian traditions; but Catholicism seems to have historically struggled to reconcile the concept of sexual gratification and pleasure even within the confines of marriage.

According to the Torah, or Old Testament, God stated that the purpose of marriage is to produce offspring, “be fruitful and multiply” (Bereishit 1:28) and also for companionship, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Bereishit 2:18-24)

The New Testament goes on to encourage men to marry “because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife”, “it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” (1 Corinthians 7:1-5)

In all three traditions, Jesus is acknowledged to have existed and died. However, Muslims like Christians, believe in his virgin birth by Mary; but unlike Christians, Muslims regard him as a mortal prophet sent by God who was not crucified but ascended to heaven like the prophet Elijah before him.

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About Ayanna Nahmias

Ayanna Nahmias was interviewed on Radio Netherlands Worldwide program titled 'The State We’re In,' about her life in Africa and her determination to transcend her past. She started the Nahmias Cipher Report to provide information to readers about life in emerging economies, and to provide alternative insight into the challenges faced by women and children living in these countries. The blog features stories from around the world to inspire other people to persevere and triumph in the face of great adversity. She blogs about current events in emerging economies, international politics, human rights abuses, women’s rights and child advocacy.

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7 Comments on “New Gospel Speaks of Jesus’ Wife”

  1. Inspired and pretty Says:

    After having read the book “Holy Blood Holy Grail” by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, I was pretty much convinced Jesus was married even though the book is based on theories. It would be very surprising if it would have been otherwise.

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