I find the news striking that our favorite former Jew, Jesus Christ, was, in fact, married, and we have the paper to prove it! The papyrus tells us so, and if we believe in one Holy papyrus, then we must have enough faith to believe in other verified bits of writing, right?
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’ ”
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.”
I find it a great human relief that the Baby Jesus grew up to be just like the rest of us — and I’m sure there’s some hackneyed joke in there somewhere about him having to suffer just like the rest of us… by being married! — but I digress from the wholesome and welcoming news that Jesus really was just like us and that he cast around some sin with the best of us.
Of course, public believers who make money on the virgin meme are now saying, “Don’t believe that Word over there, only believe our Word over here,” and that enriches the drama to an even deeper level of human erosion and envy:
Jim West, a professor and Baptist pastor in Tennessee, said: “A statement on a papyrus fragment isn’t proof of anything. It’s nothing more than a statement ‘in thin air’, without substantial context.”
Wolf-Peter Funk, a noted Coptic linguist attending the same conference as Prof King, said there were “thousands of scraps of papyrus where you find crazy things,” and many questions remained about the fragment.
I’m sure Catholic Nuns and their wedding rings are upset about this news that Jesus had a real life wife since they’re all already virtually married to Him, but I say, “So what?” There’s enough of Him to go around for all of us, right? Isn’t that the whole idea behind this Christendom thing anyway?