Authentic Or Fraud: The Gospel Of Jesus' Wife

This is the entire manuscript!

This is the entire manuscript!

Jesus prayed to His Heavenly Father, “14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.” -John 17:14-19

You may remember back in 2012 that a newly discovered papyrus text entitled, the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” was revealed to the world. It sent shockwaves through Christianity. What if Jesus really had been married? Nowhere in the four Gospels of the Bible do we read that Jesus was married! Many Christian scholars were quick to denounce the document as a forgery. For one, the ink used in the document was consistent with 8th century AD documents (700 years after Jesus lived). Secondly, the papyrus that the text was written on was carbon dated to the 3rd century BC (250 years before Christ lived). And finally, the Coptic grammar contained the same errors that are found in the apocryphal writing, the “Gospel of Thomas” (composed by an anonymous heretic 100 years after Jesus lived). The weight of the evidence pointed to this document being a forgery.

However, the reason the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” got so much attention was because of the Harvard professor, Karen L. King, who wrote a book defending the authenticity of the document. Surprisingly, an interesting development happened only a month ago. The same Harvard professor that defended the papyrus’ authenticity has now acknowledged publically that the document “is a probable fake.” She now confirms what Christian experts were saying all along. Surprisingly, the media has not covered the news of this document being a fake as tenaciously as they did when it was touted as authentic. The Bible being true doesn’t have the same pizazz as the possibility of Jesus being married! But, now you know the truth! The Bible is the most scrutinized book in the history of the world. The good news is that it has stood the test of time and the attacks of those who have sought to undermine its truth and authority. The “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is just one more example that boosts our faith in the trustworthiness of the Word of God!

God Bless,

Pastor Joel