Did Jesus exist or was he an invention of Roman politicians intent on creating a non-violent messiah to calm the rebellious Jews?


We’ve updated this story, first published on October 18, with additional comment received from previous Dreamland guest Robert Feather, author of "The Secret Initiation of Jesus at Qumran" and "The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran". Robert’s comments can be found at the bottom of the article.

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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."
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