Comments about ‘Gospel about Jesus' wife likely an ancient text, researchers say’

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Published: Friday, April 11 2014 1:56 p.m. MDT

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SammyB
Provo, UT

I have never understood why Jesus being married was such a big deal. Scriptures are replete with verses stating that marriage is an honorable institution. Families are important so why the big deal? Is it nothing more than priests not marrying and this rocks that boat? For the first few centuries priests were allowed to marry.

This is not the only text that indicates that Jesus was married but it takes a long time for wheels to turn for acceptance of evidence.

Crusader
Layton, UT

Kind of makes me wonder how many kids they had together.

Mom of Six
Northern Utah, UT

Jesus being married makes sense...why the controversy???

che1968
Exton, PA

If we take the position that Christ is our example in all things good and wonderful, healthy and admired; then having a wife is within the realm of reason. I believe in BY "Journal of Discourses" this subject was breached.

The Reader
Layton, UT

Just because the paper and ink are old does not make the words written on it true. It is probably a figment of imagination to make something written with old ink and paper true. Sounds like wishful thinking from someone with an agenda, not someone looking for the truth.

silo
Sandy, UT

@the reader,

Your entire comment could just as easily apply to the BOM, the bible, the koran, the torah, and any other religious document.

Gene Poole
SLC, UT

Jesus (Joshua bar Joseph Cohen of Nazareth) was referred to as "rabbi". To receive this title, He had to be married. It was the rabbinical law at the time. Why the fuss? Because it kind of does away with the notion that to be the Christ, He had to be a virgin and never "tainted" by a woman. Hmmm... If Jesus Christ was/is who He said He was/is, and I know that He is, then being married was a part of His responsibility as a Divine Example. I have often pondered, with no supporting evidence to validate my ponderings, that the reason Mary visited His tomb was to anoint Him because she was His wife. Seems logical to me. I also feel that the reason there are no references to His marital status was to create a Divine support for practices that were introduced long after He ascended to His Father. The other possible reason is that the writers of the early scriptures were well aware of how the Savior would be ridiculed and profaned. Therefore, they chose not to have His bride treated the same.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

I have known people with really bad diabetes or cystic fibrosis who chose not to marry because they knew they were going to die young.

I am sceptical that he was married. He knew he was going to die young, why would he intentionally leave behind a widow?

I think that this could be authrentic, but the context could very well be that he was referring to the church as his wife. Paul mentions that, "Husbands love your wives like Christ loved the church." This would be a carry over from the Old Testament where Jehovah refers to the Israelites using a husband-wife metaphor.

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

I agree with Mom of Six and others who question the controversy. This isn't even an issue for me. Indeed, I find comfort in knowing the Savior is well-aware of the trials and tribulations of marriage. This simply does not lessen His Atonement in any way.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

I too can't understand why the question of whether Jesus was married or not is at all controversial. At least in the sense that there is some kind of scriptural sanction against the idea. That simply makes no sense.

As for controversy, imagine if rather than an isolated reference to simply "my wife" it said something about "my wives"! Now **that** would really raise some eyebrows!

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Catholics don't believe he was married and they believe Mary was a virgin even though the word virgin in Isaiah means young woman and the Bible says Mary had other children. No religion gets it all correct, LDS teach that Jesus didn't drink alcohol. Yet I the New Testament talks about Jesus having a reputation as a wine biber. ( drinker).

Back Talk
Federal Way, WA

Christ is God in human flesh and to some relgions being married and possibly having children would seem beneath him. It also doesnt seem to match his sole mission which was to complete the Atonement. I can easily see how him being married would be controversial to many people.

On top of that, what if Constatine, monks or whoever made the final decisions had included the Gospel of Mary into the bible. Talk about controversy about women and the priesthood.

The Gospels are basically written testimonys. I can easily see how more books could have been added to the bible.

LovelyDeseret
Gilbert, AZ

The controversy is that for thousands or years doctrine was built around Jesus not being married. There are entire parables and metaphors in the Bible explaining how Christ is wedding the Church. The Bride and the Bridegroom. The other problem is, if Jesus was married he would more than likely have children. Those children would be Deity, right?

Curtis Hight
Anchorage, AK

cjb,

Do you have a reference for your statement that "LDS teach that Jesus didn't drink alcohol." In decades as a Latter-day Saint I've heard this ventured once or twice, but not from anyone with authority. I presume that He did. I've never drunk an alcoholic beverage, I rarely even drink soda, but I don't have a problem with Him having done so. In a world without refrigeration food preservation was a much different matter. "In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you . . . ." isn't a statement about the dietary practices of Jesus of Nazareth a couple thousand years ago.

Sally Smiles-a-Lot
Vernal, UT

I took an Institute class from Elder Bruce R. McConkie in about 1967-68. It was his belief that Jesus was married, and that Mary who came to the sepulchre was his wife. He based it on many writings that he had seen and shared with us at that time, as well as the fact that Jesus was here to set an example for all to follow, among many other things. He was baptized, although He was without sin. Since eternal marriage is the higher law, it makes sense to me that He would have followed that commandment, too.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

Dear CJB:

In Christ's day they drank what was referred to as new wine. We know it as grape juice. When it got a little older it would ferment a little bit, but it was nothing like alcohol as we know it today.

I have always felt that it was highly significant that Mary was the first one that Christ appeared to after He was resurrected. This was no accident. She was clearly a person of great personal importance to Him. That was very likely because she was His wife and he wanted her to be the first one to see him.

Catholics didn't even introduce celibacy into their clergy until the twelfth century. It was done because the church was tired of priests giving church property to their children. So, the rule was established that one could not be a priest unless one remained celibate. The whole celibacy thing was never part of the earlier Catholic church.

kfriddle
polk, FL

How could Christ " learn obedience through the things that he suffered" without being married?

LittleStream
Carson City, NV

I can see why the Catholics would dismiss this idea because of their belief that priests cannot marry. But as a member of the church who has done lots of temple work it just makes sense to me that Jesus will have a wife, an eternal companion. And I would want him to have one.

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

Jesus may have been married. It really doesn't matter; if it did there'd be more and clearer record of it. It's fun to think about, but sometimes a distraction. More than the validity of discovered documents, my main concern is the observation that over any given such document, if a major church says A, people pretending to look for truth will say B, and if a major church says B, said pretenders will say A.

As for why he would marry with the intent to leave a widow? Because families are forever; He, more than anyone else to ever live, would certainly approach such a matter with an eternal perspective, and no doubt he would marry-hypothetically or actually-a woman with a similar perspective.

... Touching back on distractions though, what would that make their children? If Jesus was the literally begotten Son of God, literally biologically half-God, do genetics make their children quarter-Gods? Or does that immortal nature not inheret past His own life?

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Mom of Six, The “pale” of Christianity believes the birth of Jesus was a unique miracle by the Holy Spirit/Ghost, same Greek word (Pneuma,Luke 1:35),“l know not a man”? Did Mary tell a lie?
Mary knew the reality of her own virginity. She declared that her pregnancy was the result of the miraculous overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, not from a sex act with a man (even if that man is the immortal God in a human body)'

If Jesus had been married, the Bible would have told us so. Scripture would not be completely silent on such an important issue. The Bible mentions Jesus’ mother, adoptive father, half-brothers, and half-sisters. Why would it neglect to mention the fact that Jesus had a wife? Those who believe/teach that Jesus was married are doing so in an attempt to “humanize” Him, to make Him more ordinary, more like everyone else. People simply do not want to believe that Jesus was God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14; 10:30).

So, they invent and believe myths about Jesus being married, having children, and being an ordinary human being.

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