The Vatican recently raised doubts about the now well-known papyrus that alludes to Jesus having a wife, describing it as a fake.
Scholars have also expressed concerns about the fragment's authenticity, noting its form and grammar look suspicious, as well as the fact that it was purchased on the market without a clear origin.
But all this spectulation is nothing new. Attempts to link Jesus to a wife (and therefore make him totally human) are perennial.
Around AD 300 the church leader Arius started teaching that Jesus was created by God, and thus not divine. His teachings became known as Arianism, and giving Jesus a wife would further advance this theory. But we have solid proof to the contrary.
If Jesus had a wife, the apostles would certainly have known about it because he lived and spent a lot of time with them during his years of ministry.
If you read a contemporary book about Abraham Lincoln, written by the
descendants of John Wilkes Booth, claiming that Mary Todd Lincoln was not the president’s wife, would you find that a trustworthy source?
The Vatican and many historians believe this document is a fake. At best, the papyrus only offers us proof that one person who lived several hundred years later believed something that was widely believed to be untrue.
Richard Sorensen is the author of Unholy Grail. For more information visit: