New Christian gospel indicates Jesus may have had a wife (+video)

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  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    Another article in this very paper as a matter of fact, about Mary, states that men were considered of marrigable age as of 18. He didn't start his ministry until he was 30. Why wouldn't he have had a wife? Didn't he also train to be a carpenter?

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Sept. 21, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    RE: jttheawesome

    I appreciate where you’re coming and I think your approach of not trying “to prove the Bible” to yourself (and I would add “to anyone else”) is a good approach. Faith and facts of history or science should remain separate domains, lest someone’s faith crumbles in the face of facts (as millions have since the Enlightenment Age).

    I would only add that, with the exception of evangelical Bible colleges, no mainline Christian seminaries teach that the Bible is “inerrant” or error free. The Bible is filled with errors and contradictions of all kinds; that doesn’t make it wrong as a tool of faith. That said, I wish there was a distinct name for people who focus primarily on the Bible as “the perfect book” (perhaps Biblians) as opposed to Christians who simply treat as a nice collection of (even God inspired) stories written by imperfect Iron Age men. If nothing else it sure would reduce the cognitive dissonance in many people’s minds.

  • zoar63 Mesa, AZ
    Sept. 20, 2012 7:52 p.m.


    "With all the various documents and manuscripts we do have of the New Testament, even though we have nothing going back to Jesus' time on earth, there remains a plethora of manuscript evidence, both biblical and extra-biblical, that we indeed have an accurate transmission of God's Word today."

    I am going to have to disagree. The oldest New Testament manuscripts can only be dated to the third century A.D., unless you know of any sources that pre-date that and I am saying complete sources not fragments of manuscripts allegedly written by an apostle. Since we do not have anything going back to Jesus time on earth it is really presumptuous to declare that Christ was not married just because it does not say so in the New Testament. The Roman persecutions destroyed a large portion of early Christian writings so we will never be able to say with certainty what Christ’s marital status was.

  • jttheawesome Scranton, PA
    Sept. 20, 2012 7:47 p.m.

    TylerD: I am most appreciative of your feedback. You are quite correct in assuming that I attended an evangelical Bible College here in the east, which indeed teaches straight-up orthodox Christianity, with a high view of the Bible as God’s Word, inerrant and complete.I have no qualms about believing the Bible as being in fact precisely how God wishes for it to be. As I mentioned earlier, believing in the Bible like this also is an act of faith, and faith is a gift from God. I will not, however, get into discussions about various sources or the mysterious “Q” or other such things; I do not need to prove the Bible to myself. Regarding the so-called Gospel of Thomas; while there are some scholars who favor an early date for its writing, according to my sources, the vast majority of scholars favor the later date. With regard to your claim of spurious authorship of the Gospels, I can only say that I respectfully disagree. My faith in the Bible is in line with the finest and most brilliant Bible scholars in the world, and I am quite satisfied with their research.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    Re: "New Christian gospel indicates Jesus may have had a wife"

    If it were actually important for us to know whether He did or didn't, I suspect we'd have heard before now.

    In the meantime, why not leave Him with a little privacy, and move on to important matters -- like how many angels can dance on the head of a pin [the answer is 42].

    I'm supremely confident that if and when He thinks it's important for us to know, we will.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Sept. 20, 2012 9:34 a.m.


    I am confused. I can find nothing in my post that addresses polygamy. Please reread it and let me know if I am in error.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Sept. 20, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    I'm astounded at how many of you "devout" members of the Church have no idea what Church doctrine really teaches.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Sept. 20, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    RE: jttheawesome

    Your statements about the Bible are, forgive me, spurious. The Gospel of Thomas was written long before 400AD. Some scholars date it as early as 50AD, before any of the canonical gospels, while most place it somewhere between 80AD and 130AD. Also, the fact that it is simply a collection of “the sayings of Jesus” and not a narrative leads many scholars to believe it may have been used as a source for some of the gospels… like the yet to be found Q source.

    Further, none of the gospels were written by the apostles or their direct disciples, unless you count Luke written by a physician associate of Paul (who was not one of the 12 disciples). They were anonymous with the names Mark, Matthew, Luke & John being added after the fact. Sounds like you went to a college that was in the business of teaching faith, namely the orthodox faith that won the day in the early and highly diversified church. But don’t confuse what you were taught with actual history.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    Why is it that people can not love Jesus for what he was, a living ,functioning human being. Jesus if real then he was a human being, a man, he lived like all men do, he ate, he had body functions, he sweat, he bathed, he went to the bathroom, he had natural desires. Rabies were married men, other wise who was going to listen in public to a single Rabbi on how to deal with wife and family. Jesus taught followers to follow his example because he lived all the good of life, and life for man with out women is incomplete. Jesus would have to have been complete enough to embrace the love of a wife.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    @ A voice of Reason, The LDS Church with just as strong and logical of a claim?
    The “pale” of Christianity believes the birth of Jesus was a unique miracle by the Holy Spirit/Ghost, same Greek word(Pneuma)
    ”They tell us that the BoM states that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost. I challenge that statement. The BoM teaches No Such Thing! Neither does the Bible!”( Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation.
    " (Jesus)…born of Mary at Jersusalem … who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost(Spirit) and bring forth a son yea, even the Son of God. ( Alma 7:10).
    The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.(Luke 1:35 KJV)

    RE: Twin Lights,You agree with the Mormon Apostle,Jedediah M Grant, "A belief in the doctrine of a plurality of wives caused the persecution of Jesus and his followers. We might think of them as Mormons." Jed M Grant. (JoD v 1. P.345.)

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 7:05 a.m.


    I suspect that most of the bible falls into the same category as the gospels of Mary and Thomas.

    Fables, fantasies and fictions. Sure, they're meant to tell a good story and even carry certain "moral" values; but they're nothing more than that. Stories.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 6:59 a.m.

    What is wrong if Jesus were married? What would denying himself that happiness have accomplished? I hope he was married and had a good measure of happiness in his short life.

  • jenkers Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:32 p.m.

    Or it could just be that Christ is referring to his "bride," the church.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:37 p.m.


    Priests were allowed to marry up until about the fourth century. The practice continued (with some ignoring the canons) until the twelfth century.

    "Why would he marry just to leave her to start his ministry?" Because he could see her whenever he returned home.

    "How could he choose one woman to love when he was here to love us all?" Loving a wife would not preclude his loving us.

    "Would he have left children fatherless?" If he had any. Good folks today sometimes elect to have children knowing they have a terminal illness.

    "Mary didn't have any other children from her own issue." Many biblical scholars agree that Jesus had brothers. James the Just being widely accepted as one. Yes, some would like to interpret this as cousin (and do) but MANY non-LDS scholars believe he was a half brother to the Lord.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:15 p.m.

    As mentioned in other postings, there has been speculation by many scholars of scripture that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was married. It is not discussed widely because it can become a subject of contention and distraction. None of us can say for certain he that was or was not married, and it should not cause our faith to waver or solidify. However, I personally think he was married because he was the perfect example, and families help perfect us. I wouldn't want to cause distress to those who don't believe he was married, but it makes sense to me, and I think it is fascinating that we have something to support the possibility that he had a wife.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:35 p.m.

    From my own research;

    I believe that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.
    They had children, most likely had a son.
    He would have been 1/4 God, and could have also had some sort of seeds of immortality.
    John the Beloved sat on the right-hand of Jesus during the last passover - a place reserved for the oldest SON.
    Jesus addressed John on the Cross, and bade him to look after "his Mother" -- to whom was He refering? Mary the Mother of Jesus, or Mary Magdalene...[i.e., John's Mother and Jesus's wife].
    After Jesus's death and resurrection, legend has it that Joseph of Aramithea took MaryMagdalene and her children to the outskirts of the RomanEmpire for safety [France or England].
    The Stone of Destiny under the throne of the King of England was the same Stone from Jerusalem which King David sat upon and brought to England by Jospeh of Arimathea.
    To this very day, Kings and Queens of Europe keep the blood-line as pure as possible to protect the Holy Blood -- the Sage Rael -- or Holy Grail.
    Thousand of English converts to Mormonism due to their believing blood.

    My thoughts...

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    Another issue that is raised by him having a wife is that, because he was the Son of God, half-divine, he had a higher form of life in him. That meant that he could put down his life by choice, in other words, his spirit could step out of his body, or he could choose to stay put. For the rest of us, we can't choose to die right now, and disease, old age or violence will end our lives even if we want to 'stay put'. One might call this "Divine sonship". If he had children, then we would have the issue of "Divine Grandsonship/granddaughtership". What does that mean? If he had married and had children, can you imagine the arguments that they would have had in the early church about "Divine grandchildship."

  • chaliceman Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    The idea of Jesus being married and having children fits well into his role as an example to us of how to live our lives. His Father's command was for us to multiply and replenish the earth and I am sure this applied to all of his children including his most beloved Son. I think a more human Jesus is preferable to one born of a virgin and one who lived as a celibate. Also, I think He deserved the earthly joy of a wife and children

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    Well this is interesting, what was the context? Well, we don't know the context, we only have one short sentence.

    My opinion is that Jesus was not married because he knew he was going to die young. Why would he leave a widow and children? When he was being crucified he told John to take care of his mother, but he didn't tell anyone to take care of his wife (in my view, because he was not married). Earlier, when he first began preaching, the people in Nazareth said, "He can't be a prophet. We know his mother and father and his brothers." They could have referred to his wife and kids but they did not. I think because there were not any.

    If this is that Jesus, it could be that the wife of Jesus is the church. Jesus being married to the church was brought up by Paul in some other places.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:15 p.m.


    Jesus Christ is not a myth. How other men explain Him certainly can be as such. Your argument relies on that exact premise. The beliefs of the LDS Church regarding Jesus Christ, his ministry, the compilation of canonical works known as the Holy Bible, and all LDS doctrines even relating to Jesus Christ all function and rely on the same premise.

    This leaves members of the LDS Church with just as strong and logical of a claim as yourself.

    I'm sure you have strong beliefs and would love to share them, but if your sole belief is to offend, ridicule, mock, and attack the beliefs of those who disagree with you then your belief is not even remotely in following of what Jesus Christ taught during his ministry. I know a lot of people who feel that they need to point out how flawed I am as a human being and how flawed I am in my worshiping God. If "Judge not" means anything to you at all, you ought to end such criticism and join in the celebration of our lord and savior, not do the very thing he commanded us not to do.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Sept. 19, 2012 6:11 p.m.

    Priests were never allowed to marry. However married men were allowed to be priests until the people stood up and put and end to the practice because of inheritance issues. Also family members getting special privileges. If their spouse died they were not allowed to take a new wife. But married men could be priests. This is similar to deacons today.

    Any males who have had their bar mitzvah can read and comment on the scriptures. He taught at age 12 when separated from his parents.

    In the early part of the church some gospels were written that were not inspired but full of errors. Like someone writing today that polygamy is still okay. Some will think it's a true thing and others won't thousands of years from now that it was okay at this time. Why would he marry just to leave her to start his ministry? How could he chose one woman to love when he was here to love us all? Would he have left children fatherless? His time was short.

    Mary didn't have any other children from her own issue. If you read the bible in it's original language it's clear.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    RE: LDS Liberal The 1st century believers had an open mind and an open heart, and recognized the truth The Pharisees did not, and they did not.
    Test for the inclusion in the N.T. Canon, Was it received, collected, read and used by the people of God. Peter acknowledged Paul’s work as Scripture parallel to the O.T. (2 Peter 3:16). Is it authentic? (The fathers had a policy of “if in doubt throw it out”. This enhanced the validity of their discernment of canonical books.
    AofF Original,#8 We believe in the Word of God recorded in the Bible; we also believe the Word of God recorded in the Book of Mormon, and in all other good books.

    Re: Craig Clark,The Gospel of Thomas? Disagrees with the Bible. (Logos, 114)Simon Peter said, to them, Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life. Jesus said, I myself shall leader her ,in order to make her male ,so that she may become a living spirit resembling you males, for every woman who will make herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Sept. 19, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    Jesus had a wife, kids and in-laws, just like the rest of us.
    In reality, is is exactly just like the rest of us.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Sept. 19, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    Did Jesus have a wife, we can't really know for sure based on this, it is a matter of interpretation. But one thing we know is that Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten Son of God. That is what is important and what matters to us and our eternal life.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    AoF 9.
    We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

    We believe in the Gospel of Truth, whatever it's sources. ~ Brigham Young

    The 1st century believers had an open mind and an open heart, and recognized the truth --
    The Pharisees did not, and they did not.

    We should be wise, and keep our hearts and minds open to truth, from whatever it's source....

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    Sept. 19, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    Where are the verses in the KJV and the BoM that record that Jesus had a wife?

    This is just more blasphemous nonsense and absurdity from yet another worthless scrap of pseudepigrapha.

  • jttheawesome Scranton, PA
    Sept. 19, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    Craig Clark: Thank you for your feedback; nevertheless, I stand firm on what I wrote earlier. I am of the school of theology which declares the absolute inspiration (God-breathed), inerrancy and authority of Scripture as we have it today, meaning that we accept the original manuscripts, or autographs, if you will, as written by their respective authors. Notwithstanding the proliferation of translations today, some of which are admittedly questionable, (especially in English) the reliability of Scripture, as it has been handed down(transmitted)through the ages is to my study and that of numerous biblical scholars, simply too solid to believe otherwise. With all the various documents and manuscripts we do have of the New Testament, even though we have nothing going back to Jesus' time on earth, there remains a plethora of manuscript evidence, both biblical and extra-biblical, that we indeed have an accurate transmission of God's Word today. I do confess that no matter where one stands on this issue, belief in the Bible as the Word of God is also an act of faith - and faith is a gift from God. Blessings to you, brother!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Sept. 19, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    " I have a good many questions and I advise to not put too much into this. Please do not hold this up as definite evidence. We simply do not know."

    I gotta agree there. And I can apply those words to ALL aspects of religion.

    "We simply do not know."

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 19, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    jttheawesome wrote, ".....every time one of these so-called "gospels" is found, they inevitably turn out to be either fraudulent or spurious. The Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene are two such spurious works, having been written about 400 years after Jesus lived on the earth."


    I respectfully disagree with you on that. The Gospels of Thomas and Mary are neither spurious nor hoaxes. The Nag Hammadi fragment of Thomas dates to the 4th century but there is no consensus on the date of actual composition. Estimates range from mid-1st to mid-2nd century CE. As with the canonical Gospels, there is no certainty of how many editorial hands may have been involved before the texts achieved the canonical literary forms. It’s a highly subjective study in distinguishing what came early from what came later.

    The canon of scripture has been criticized down through the centuries up to the present day. Early texts came from different locales and interpretations, some of which came to be deemed heresies. Some of the accounts were too fanciful to be credible. But by and large, the canon as compiled was a responsibly done job.

  • cambodia girl Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    Sept. 19, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    Many churches teach that Mary did not have any other children and that she had always remained a virgin. We know of course, through the scriptures in the New Testament that she indeed did have other children. Why wouldn't she? Does that make her less of a woman to be honored? No Way!

    Jesus lived a normal life, in a family, yet his life was filled with a purpose to do the "work" of his Father. He was perfect. If you think being married and having children makes you less than perfect don't forget Jesus asks us all to be "perfect", even as his Father in Heaven is perfect. If God thought it important to have Adam and Eve multiply and replenish the earth, thereby creating families, I cannot see why Jesus would not have been given the same opportunity. Jesus married??? I hope so. Marriage is wonderful and so are families.

    Sept. 19, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    @mightymite: there wasn't a "Mormon Jesus" walking around in some parallel "Life of Brian" fashion to the "true Christian Jesus" back in the year AD 33. Jesus was one individual, the Son of God.

    And this is an AP story reprinted and compiled in the Deseret News, not a Deseret News story. You'll notice that this paper on the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," was presented at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome, not some Mormon Symposium in Salt Lake City. Coptic Christians may believe many similar things to Mormons (like Mormons, and unlike most other Catholics and Protestants, they are monophysites, Coptics are Trinitarians but in an almost "Godhead-not-substance" variety, and some are outright Arians. They also accept a canon larger than the regular KJV) but that does not make them the same as Mormons. Please do not get confused.

    And with 40-45 million in Ethiopia, and 10-14 million in Egypt, plus significant numbers around the world, it is impossible to say they are a "fringe" or "cult" that is not Christian.

    This is most definitely a Christian issue. That said, it is irrelevant to my faith.

  • jttheawesome Scranton, PA
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    Furry1993: Having spent several years earning a degree in Bible studies, I can assure you that nowhere in the Bible will you find anything mentioning that Jesus was either married or not. In addition, having read the Book of Mormon thoroughly, as well as the other Standard Works of the LDS Church, I found no mention whatever of Jesus’ marital status. All things being equal, it is safest to let the Bible speak for itself, and add nothing to it through mere speculation, or take anything from it because one happens to disagree with what God’s Word says. Howbeit, I would think that something as important as Jesus being married would not have escaped the notice of the writers of the books of the New Testament. Whether or not Jesus was married is really irrelevant here; one way or the other, God has chosen not to tell us in His revealed Word: we don’t need to know. Jesus Christ is still Immanuel – “God with us” – and the record of His ministry extant in our New Testament is quite sufficient for us to have what God wishes for us to have.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    mightymite wrote, "The myth of a mormon jesus may have been married but I have great faith in the bible and know that the true christian Jesus was not married. Funny how the dnews picks up on this stuff."

    Jesus was niether a Mormon nor a Christian. The religion of Jesus and his followers during his life was the Judaism of their times.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    If believers wish for Jesus to have a wife and children, then why not. And if they wish for him to have a red Corvett to truck around in, so much the better. Why shouldn't Jesus enjoy good things in his fable, he seems like an Ok Jewish guy: the super Super Man hero of his time.

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    Which Jesus is being discussed? Christ or some Rabbi with the same name? I have a good many questions and I advise to not put too much into this. Please do not hold this up as definite evidence. We simply do not know.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    To mightymite 11:05 a.m. Sept. 19, 2012

    The myth of a mormon jesus may have been married but I have great faith in the bible and know that the true christian Jesus was not married. Funny how the dnews picks up on this stuff.


    Please give a citation from the Bible (book, chapter and verse) which specifically says taht Jesus was not married. From my study of the Bible, I don't recall the subject being discussed at all.

  • jttheawesome Scranton, PA
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    LDS Liberal: Your claim that a man had to be a "Rabbi", married with children, in order to speak in a synagogue, is not entirely true. While marriage was the normal situation for someone called by the title of rabbi - "teacher" - it was not a requirement. Jesus is called our high priest, yet He was not of the tribe of Levi, from whence all Jewish priests came. It must be remembered, that every time one of these so-called "gospels" is found, they inevitably turn out to be either fraudulent or spurious. The Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene are two such spurious works, having been written about 400 years after Jesus lived on the earth. Both have serious issues with historical reliability, as well as characterizing Jesus in ways contrary to what we have in our New Testament. The one requirement for a book of the New Testament to be canonized in the early church was, that each book had have been written either by an apostle who was with Jesus during his ministry, or one who was a disciple of an apostle, such as John Mark or Luke. Just food for thought!

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    The myth of a mormon jesus may have been married but I have great faith in the bible and know that the true christian Jesus was not married. Funny how the dnews picks up on this stuff.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    I think you would need something much closer to the actual time that Christ lived to be of real significance. I am finding out that someone had the same idea as Dan Brown in the fourth century is not very illuminating. But, it does give the high paid tenured faculty something to talk about in their fall meetings.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    The prospect of Christ, married with a family, is interesting. For me it asks, rightly, how those that hold the bible up as the steadfast, unassailable truth can do so. It appears that it provides incomplete information. And I suspect a lot more of it was heresay, speculation and possibly even plain fabrication written about events which may have occurred hundreds of years before. I think the people that want to hold up a book and scream at gay people should use the phone book. It probably has less errors in it.

  • Darrel Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    I have always found it interesting that of all people to see after the His Resurrection, He came to Mary Magdalene first, even before His Father.

  • History Freak Somewhere in Time, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    Many truths will be brought forward in the last days. I've always believed that Mary Magdeline was probably his wife although we don't know for sure. I believe that early "Church" authorities probably suppressed this information because it didn't fit with their own interests.

    Catholic priests became celibut in the 12th century because the Church was tired of clergy leaving Church property they controlled to their children in their wills. Therefore, they were forbidden to marry and had to take a vow of celibacy. Before that they were allowed to marry.

  • MVH Farmington, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    While this scrap of paper does not prove one way or the other the marital status of Jesus of Nazareth, as a Christian I have no problem believing the Lord married a woman. Men and women were created to go together. God is a perfected man and I believe if he is our Heavenly Father then certainly there is a Heavenly Mother. The Son, being in the express image of his Father, would certainly take after his Father and take a wife. God is not a single parent.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    LDS Liberal,

    I'm not dogmatic on the issue and your logic is sound. I've read the intriguing passage in the Gosepl of Phillip and some of the other allusions in early non-canonical sources to Jesus being married. So I'm certainly open to the possibility.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    I've believed this my entire life.
    I've read the Apocrypha and the Coptic Gospels, and they have all made mention of Jesus being married,
    The Gospel of St. Philip even says Jesus kissed Mary Magdalene on the lips – something strict Jewish law only allowed married couples to do.
    but since it isn't "canonized" we can't even speak of it.

    [I do teach it to my children in our FHE]
    It’s as if someone methodically went out of their way to hide and destroy any reference to the obvious, hence this shred of paper, apparently torn in a uniform fashion.

    A Jewish "Rabbi" can not even speak in Synagogue without being;
    1. Married
    2. Having a Son

    Since Jesus did speak in Synagogue,
    and WAS repeated addressed and referred to as Rabbi - even by the Sanhedrin -
    he obviously was both.

    Great news....
    I look forward to even more.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    If Jesus was married, it's an inexplicable omission from the canonical gospels. Fans of the DaVinci Code speculate that Jesus having a wife would have been suppressed by the early Church. I see no likelihood of that. The gospels matter-of-factly record Simon Peter having a wife and the Catholic doctrine on priestly celibacy didn't emerge until Medieval times. That's why I find the gospel's silence on the matter to be good evidence that Jesus probably did not have a wife.