(Editors Note – Easter Sunday April 20, 2014)
Originally Republished on: Mar 29, 2013 @ 17:15
The debate and discussion has made its way to Wikipedia as of 2014, so this is simply a matter of public record regarding this unfolding story.
Gospel Of Jesus’ Wife Papyrus.
Gospel of Jesus’ Wife
The “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is the name given to a papyrus fragment with writing in Egyptian Coptic that includes the words, “Jesus said to them, ‘my wife…'”. The text on the fragment is alleged to be a fourth-century Coptic translation of what is said to be “a gospel probably written in Greek in the second half of the second century.”
Professor Karen L. King (who announced the existence of the papyrus in 2012) and her colleague AnneMarie Luijendijk named the fragment the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” for reference purposes but have since acknowledged the name was controversial. King has insisted that the fragment, “should not be taken as proof that Jesus, the historical person, was actually married”. Luijendijk and fellow papyrologist Roger Bagnall authenticated the papyrus with Luijendijk suggesting it would have been impossible to forge.
The Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has claimed the gospel is a “very modern forgery”. A number of independent scholars have since provided evidence to support this view, suggesting the papyrus includes textual mistakes (a typographical error) identical to those made only in a particular on-line modern iteration of corresponding texts.
However, Professor Alberto Camplani of the Sapienza University of Rome, who was asked to carry out the analysis on which the Vatican’s newspaper based its article, is now skeptical about the papyrus fragment being a forgery, stating in a 2012 television documentary: “My first impression was that it was a fake, but I saw the fragment in a newspaper in a bad photograph. Today I am more inclined to believe that it is an ancient papyrus and not a modern forgery.” Elsewhere, Professor Camplani added that the papyrus text, “should be read purely symbolically.” In April 2014, an analysis published by American researchers at Columbia University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that the fragment is ancient and dates to between the sixth and ninth centuries.
(Editors Note – Friday March 29, 2013)
Originally Published on: Apr 8, 2012 @ 17:40
(CBS News) Most of what we know about Jesus comes from the New Testament, and it says nothing of his marital status.
But, a few words written long after Jesus’ death have just come to light.
It’s no bigger than a business card, but this tattered piece of papyrus written in the fourth century contains some intriguing phrases.
“And then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘My wife,’ and in the next sentence he says she is able to be my disciple,” said Karen Kelley, a professor at Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
Kelly said that those phrases — “my wife” and the idea Jesus may have had a female disciple — have not appeared before in historical writing.
Mary Magdalene (original Greek ÎœÎ±ÏÎ¯Î± á¼¡ ÎœÎ±Î³Î´Î±Î»Î·Î½Î®), or Mary of Magdala, was one of Jesus’ most celebrated disciples, and the most important woman disciple in the movement of Jesus. Jesus cleansed her of “seven demons”, [Lu 8:2] [Mk 16:9] conventionally interpreted as referring to complex illnesses. She became Jesus’ close friend and most prominent during his last days, being present at the cross after the male disciples (excepting John the Beloved) had fled, and at his burial. She was the first person to see Jesus after his Resurrection, according to both John 20 and Mark 16:9.
Mary Magdalene is considered by the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches to be a saint, with a feast day of July 22. The Eastern Orthodox churches also commemorate her on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers.
Greetings Earthlings and Happy Easter as well as Passover for those who celebrate.
Today’s installment for Easter 2012 is a follow up to a post that was composed in 2010 which can be viewed at this linkwhich invites you as a viewer to open up an internal investigationÂ conduct your own research on the topics being discussed making effective use of the vast amount of useful data that is only a few keystrokes away on your PC or Smartphone.
This particular entry is one that is more simplified as inspiration says that Mary MagdaleneÂ is most assuredly worthy of having some value added to her character and reputationÂ for herÂ role in this story which is central to todays holiday as well as the entireÂ Jesus Christ centeredÂ belief system and all of its subsequent off shoots in general, a roleÂ which for whatever reason is often overlooked and neglected of notice.
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