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Bombshell!! Papyrus from centuries after Jesus with a half a sentence with the word "wife" in it proves that everything we thought we new about Jesus is a lie. Again.
If you thought that the reporting on the terrorist attacks in Libya is bad, you ain't seen nuthin' yet.
So there is this papyrus fragment from unknown writings that dates to centuries after Jesus and the Apostles that says in part, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ..."
The scholar who presents this find, Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King, goes to great pains to make the point that this find has absolutely no bearing and provides no evidence whatsoever that Jesus was married.
"What I'm really quick to say is to cut off people who would say this is proof that Jesus was married because historically speaking, it's much too late to constitute historical evidence," she continued. "I'm not saying he was, I'm not saying he wasn't. I'm saying this doesn't help us with that question,"
So what is the lede for almost every story? Jesus had a wife, of course.
Foxnews "Harvard scholar's discovery suggests Jesus had a wife"
WaPo "Did Jesus have a wife? New historical discovery raises old question"
ABCNews "Was Jesus Married? Ancient Papyrus Mentions His 'Wife'"
And so on...
CNN.com has this as their #1 story online as of this writing, not Libya, not Iran, not the economy, not even Mitt Romney, this.
The quote I cite above in which the scholar that presents this information that pointedly says that this discovery could not possibly have any bearing on the question (as if there was a question) comes from the CNN article. Yet their own lede contradicts the actual article it links to saying.
"Writing on a newly found centuries-old papyrus fragment suggests Jesus may have been married. Scholars say it isn't definitive but gives new light to an old debate."
But the scholar they quote says the exact opposite!!! The scholar they quote, the scholar who made this discovery, repeatedly makes the point in the CNN article that this discovery brings NO additional light to this debate.
In their unending desire to discredit Christianity, mainstream reporters will even contradict their own reports if it can help cast doubt.
Now, to the point at hand. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Jesus was married. None. But! But! The Bible is silent on this point so Jesus could have had a wife!!! They say. By that logic, Jesus could have had a McMansion in the Golan heights and a time share in Gaza, the Bible is silent on that too.
But if you are looking for definitive proof that Jesus did not have a wife, I think I have it. Jesus is God, so he couldn't possibly have been that stupid.