Did Jesus Have a Wife? Biola Professor Responds to News Flurry

Gary Manning responds to ancient manuscript that suggests Jesus was married

Sep. 19, 2012 By Jenna Bartlo

Speculation has been growing as news outlets publish headlines stating that Jesus Christ may have been married — a statement brought on by one small piece of papyrus deciphered by Harvard Divinity School historian, Karen King. The historian presented a paper on the Gnostic gospel fragment, stating the papyrus is the “only extant ancient text which explicitly portrays Jesus as referring to a wife," according to the Washington Post.

Gary Manning, associate professor of New Testament at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology, wrote a response today to questions raised by the manuscript, bringing in his perspective as a New Testament scholar. Read his response, "Did Jesus Have a Wife? A New Gnostic Fragment," on Talbot's faculty blog, The Good Book Blog.

Written by Jenna Bartlo, Media Relations Coordinator. For more information, contact Jenna at jenna.l.bartlo@biola.edu or 562.777.4061.


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