Ancient Gospel Says Mary was Jesus Christ's Wife: Harvard's Karen King Shows Coptic Papyrus Text
Debate is raging among academics and religious leaders over a recently discovered piece of ancient papyrus that makes a reference to Jesus Christ having a wife. Karen King, an expert in the history of Christianity, unveiled the 4th-century artefact which she says is the only existing ancient text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife, whom he identifies as Mary. King says the fragment of Coptic text is a copy of a gospel, probably written in Greek in the second century. Karen King, Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School: "But what is of course exciting about this fragment is that it is the first case we have of Christians claiming that Jesus had a wife." Tradition has long held that Jesus was unmarried, although there is no reliable historical evidence to support the claim. Coptic church leaders say they doubt the authenticity of the script, explaining that it was written long after Jesus' death and would not be considered part of the Gospels.