ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Is a scrap of papyrus suggesting that Jesus had a wife authentic?

Harvard professor Karen King unveiled the ancient fragment of papyrus, telling the Smithsonian Channel on a special airing next week it clearly says “Jesus said, ‘my wife.'”

“It is the only piece of early Christian literature in which Jesus talks about having a wife,” King said.

Washington University adjunct religious studies professor Frank Flinn says it wouldn’t surprise him if Jesus had a wife.

“In Luke, Chapter 4, Jesus preaches before the synagogue and by that time, any rabbi who preaches in the synagogue had to be married so I myself have never had any problem about accepting was Jesus married,” Flinn said.

But Flinn says much work still must be done to verify this ancient papyrus is authentic.

“We need to really confirm the dating of it to, I guess, the Carbon-14 process and we also have to confirm where did it come from in the Middle East,” Flinn said. “There’s still a lot of things we don’t know about it.”


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