The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

Dr. Karen King has reported her discovery of a small piece of papyrus that includes the words “Jesus said to them, ‘my wife . . .’” Dr. King stressed that the text does not prove that Jesus had a wife, but her bias is shown by the title she gave the papyrus fragment, “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”

Dr. King added that “… the importance of the Gospel of Jesus' Wife lies in supplying a new voice within the diverse chorus of early Christian traditions about Jesus that documents that some Christians depicted Jesus as married.” I, personally, have never heard the “diverse chorus.” In fact, I know of no Scripture or early Church historian that even implies such, but I am not a scholar of ancient Greek texts.

However, Darrell L. Bock, senior research professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary states that “this is one text among a mountain of texts that say Jesus was single. If the papyrus is authentic, it would be the first text to suggest that Jesus had a wife.” He added that the text “represents ‘a very small minority in a much later period than original Christianity.’”

For almost two millennia there have been detractors that attempted to denigrate the Holy Bible and the Lord Jesus and to cast a shadow on the Gospel of Jesus. The detractors have gone or will go to their reward, and yet the Word of God is still here, and souls are still being saved.

In addition to the logical facts presented by Dr. Bock, there are Scriptural reasons for dismissing the allegation that Jesus was married. The Prophet Isaiah speaks of the coming Messiah in the entirety of chapter 53. Here is a familiar portion of that chapter:

The descendants of Messiah Jesus cannot be spoken of because there are none.

Another reason the sinless Lord Jesus could not have been married is that He was already betrothed to another. Jesus is betrothed to the Church, and it occurred on Pentecost Sunday almost two-thousand years ago. How I look forward to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! I plan on being there! Praise the Lord.

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