Did Jesus Have a Wife?

These six little words reignited the debate of whether Jesus was married
and whether he had a female disciple: "Jesus said to them, ‘My
wife …’

Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times reports:

The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight
lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just
below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second
provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to
be my disciple.”

The finding was made public in Rome on Tuesday at the International
Congress of Coptic Studies by Karen L. King, a historian who has published
several books about new Gospel discoveries and is the first woman to
hold the nation’s oldest endowed chair, the Hollis professor of

The provenance of the papyrus fragment is a mystery, and its owner
has asked to remain anonymous. Until Tuesday, Dr. King had shown the
fragment to only a small circle of experts in papyrology and Coptic
linguistics, who concluded that it is most likely not a forgery.