Jesus Of Nazareth Had A Wife -This Is Why Top Religious Researchers Think So

Was Jesus Married? Even with many questions unsettled, a new discovery document could bring back the debate over whether Jesus was married, whether Mary Magdalene was his wife or concubine, and, whether he had a female disciple. These debates date to the early centuries of Christianity, scholars say. But they are relevant today when global Christianity is roiling over the place of women in ministry and the boundaries of marriage. Any topic on Jesus The Christ, the founder of Christianity is bound to attract controversy and some staunch Christians might be tempted to say the publication is satanic. However, I will find it childish, on your path if you don't read this article and try to condemn it for the caption it carries. The question is still not answered why Mary Magdalene was too close to Jesus Christ? Why was Mary Magdalene the very first to visit the tomb where Jesus was buried the next morning?

The front of the papyrus fragment.
Was Jesus Married? Even with many questions unsettled, a new discovery document could bring back the debate over whether Jesus was married, whether Mary Magdalene was his wife, concubine and whether he had a female disciple.
These debates date to the early centuries of Christianity, scholars say. But they are relevant today when global Christianity is roiling over the place of women in ministry and the boundaries of marriage.

The question is still not answered why Mary Magdalene was too close to Jesus Christ? Why was Mary Magdalene the very first to visit the tomb where Jesus was buried the next morning?

Jesus of Nazareth, also known as Jesus Christ, was a Jewish teacher and reformer of religion who has become the main and central figure of Christianity. Christians follow the example of Jesus, accept his words to be true, and worship him as the Jewish Messiah and incarnation of God. Any topic on Jesus The Christ, the founder of Christianity is bound to attract extreme attention and some staunch Christians might be tempted to say the publication is satanic. However, I will find it childish on your path if you don’t read the full article and try to condemn it for the caption it carries.

Evangelical audiences do not look kindly on efforts to twist the story of Jesus to fit any political narrative in service of today’s agenda, however, recent research and documented discoveries coupled with google searches have much information that kind of pitches the belief that Jesus The Christ was, was in fact either married or dated a woman.

Does Jesus have a son?

Jacobovici and Pellegrino argue that Aramaic inscriptions reading “Judah, son of Jesus”, “Jesus, son of Joseph”, and “Mariamne”, a name they associate with Mary Magdalene, together with preserve the record of a family group consisting of Jesus, his wife Mary Magdalene and son Judah.

Did Jesus ever get married?

Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married, even though no reliable historical evidence exists to support that claim. An ancient piece of text recently discovered is reviving an equally ancient debate: Was Jesus Christ married? Of course, most Christians believe that he wasn’t. But now, a Harvard Professor of Divinity Karen King has presented a scrap of papyrus that dates back to the fourth century. She told a gathering of scholars in Rome that written in Coptic was this surprising sentence: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife...’ “

“Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married, even though no reliable historical evidence exists to support that claim,” King said in a press release. “This new gospel doesn’t prove that Jesus was married, but it tells us that the whole question only came up as part of vociferous debates about sexuality and marriage. From the very beginning, Christians disagreed about whether it was better not to marry, but it was over a century after Jesus’ death before they began appealing to Jesus’ marital status to support their positions.” King adds that this new gospel also tells us that some early Christians believed that Jesus was indeed married.

The New York Times reports that the provenance of the fragment is not known because the owner asked to remain anonymous. Still, the Times reports, this ancient debate is relevant today:

“Even with many questions unsettled, the discovery could reignite the debate over whether Jesus was married, whether Mary Magdalene was his wife and whether he had a female disciple. These debates date to the early centuries of Christianity, scholars say. But they are relevant today when global Christianity is roiling over the place of women in ministry and the boundaries of marriage.

“The discussion is particularly animated in the Roman Catholic Church, where despite calls for change, the Vatican has reiterated the teaching that the priesthood cannot be opened to women and married men because of the model set by Jesus.”

The Washington Post reports that in her announcement in Rome, King said that the Vatican had not yet responded to her findings. Harvard quotes two independent experts who believe the 3-inch fragment is authentic, both after examining the papyrus and the writing and after examining the language and grammar.

The question is still not answered why Mary Magdalene was too close to Jesus Christ? Why was Mary Magdalene the very first to visit the tomb where Jesus was buried the next morning?

King and AnneMarie Luijendijk, an associate professor of religion at Princeton University, presented their hypothesis. Harvard has posted images of both sides of the fragment along with a line-by-line transcription and translation. King points out that ultimate confirmation will come from further testing, especially on the chemical composition of the ink.

On Morning Edition today, NPR’s Barbara Bradley Hagerty reported that King says that while the scrap of papyrus is not evidenced that Jesus was married, it is “quite clear evidence, in fact, that some Christians, probably in the second half of the second century … thought that Jesus had a wife.”

Barbara also talked with Darrell Bock, a New Testament scholar at the Dallas Theological Seminary, who says the scrap is an extraordinary discovery but is at this point more of “an asterisk” regarding what is known about Jesus — and not enough to begin considering changes to any church’s theology.

Sex worker, saint, sinner, witness, wife. In the 2,000 years since Mary Magdalene is said to have watched Jesus Christ die on the cross, she’s been labeled many things.

The label “prostitute” has stuck fast for centuries, ever since Pope Gregory I first pronounced her a “sinful woman” in the year 591, defying evidence to the contrary in the canonical Gospels. On the other hand, Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code resurrected an old and popular theory that Mary Magdalene was in fact Jesus’ wife. Myths surround the figure of Mary Magdalene to this day.

But neither theory — penitent prostitute or devoted spouse — actually matches what can be said about Mary Magdalene from what’s written in the Bible: She was a woman from Magdala, a small Galilean town known for its fishing, who became a female disciple and was the first witness to Jesus’ resurrection, the cornerstone of Christianity.

But the team behind a new film Mary Magdalene, directed by Garth Davis, is hoping to get back to basics. The movie, which came out in the U.K. on March 16, tells the story of Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara), detailing her fraught existence in Magdala as a single woman determined not to marry, before she meets Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix) and follows him to Galilee and then Jerusalem, where he’s crucified. Yet, in stripping away the myths, this film’s portrayal of Mary Magdalene underlines what some scholars see as the real — and unexpected — reason why she’s so controversial.

At the heart of the controversy is the idea that Mary Magdalene’s connection to Jesus was spiritual rather than romantic. For example, in the film’s version of the Last Supper, Mary Magdalene is seated on Jesus’ right-hand side. Though the tableau echoes a key scene in the 2006 film version of The Da Vinci Code, in which the characters examine Leonardo Da Vinci’s mural The Last Supper and debate whether the effeminate figure to Jesus’ right was in fact Mary Magdalene, the new movie doesn’t place her there as his wife. The significance of her seat lies instead in Mary Magdalene taking the prized position above any of the twelve male apostles, as Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) looks on in jealousy.

This version of the story is the real reason why Mary Magdalene is dangerous to the Church, according to Professor Joan Taylor of King’s College, London, who worked as a historical advisor for Mary Magdalene, the new movie.

Mary’s central role in the Gospels has historically been used by some as evidence that the Church should introduce female priests — and since 1969, when the Catholic Church admitted that it had mistakenly identified Mary Magdalene as a sex worker, the calls for women in church leadership positions have only grown louder.

The film draws partially from the Gospel of Mary, a “very mysterious document” discovered in the 19th century, Taylor says. It has no known author, and although it’s popularly known as a “gospel,” it’s not technically classed as one, as gospels generally recount the events during Jesus’ life, rather than beginning after his death. It’s thought the text was written sometime in the 2nd century, but some scholars claim it overlaps Jesus’ lifetime.

In the Gospel of Mary, which isn’t officially recognized by the Church, Mary Magdalene is framed as the only disciple who truly understands Jesus’ spiritual message, which puts her in direct conflict with the apostle Peter. Mary describes to the other apostles a vision she has had of Jesus following his death. Peter grows hostile, asking why Jesus would especially grant Mary — a woman — a vision.

Mary Magdalene’s special understanding of Jesus’ message, and Peter’s hostility towards her, as portrayed in Mary Magdalene, will likely split opinions, according to Taylor and her colleague, Professor Helen Bond of The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, with whom Taylor is presenting a U.K. television series on women disciples this Easter, titled Jesus’ Female Disciples: The New Evidence.

“[In the film] she’s really close to Jesus, not because of some kind of love affair, but just because she…gets Jesus in a way that the other disciples don’t,” Bond says. The idea that the twelve disciples didn’t quite “get” Jesus in the same way Mary Magdalene has baffled many people till today. Within the Church, she does have tremendous power, and there are lots of women who look… to Mary Magdalene as a foundation for women’s leadership within the Church.

The question is still not answered why Mary Magdalene was too close to Jesus Christ? Why was Mary Magdalene the very first to visit the tomb where Jesus was buried the next morning?