A historian from HarvardDivinitySchool revealed on Tuesday what she claims to be a fourth century fragment of papyrus containing the phrase (in Coptic) “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife … ‘”

The small fragment – referred to as the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife – suggests that some early Christians might have held the view that Jesus was married, according to Professor Karen King, who unveiled the findings at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome. What the text does not do, she stressed, is prove that Jesus had a wife.

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