A newly-discovered fourth-century fragment of papyrus may be the only existing ancient text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife.
Christian historian Karen King says the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to"“my wife," whom he identifies as Mary. King says the fragment of Coptic script is a copy of a gospel, probably written in Greek in the second century.
According to King, "From the very beginning, Christians disagreed about whether it was better not to marry,” she said, “but it was over a century after Jesus’ death before they began appealing to Jesus’ marital status to support their positions."
She says it doesn’t prove Jesus was married but speaks to issues of family and marriage. In the dialogue in the text, the disciples discuss whether Mary is worthy and Jesus says, "She can be my disciple."
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