Harvard: Controversial papyrus quoting Jesus is authentic

A team of scientists has concluded that a controversial scrap of papyrus that purportedly quotes Jesus referring to "my wife" is not a fake. (CNN/HARVARD UNIVERSITY)
A team of scientists has concluded that a controversial scrap of papyrus that purportedly quotes Jesus referring to "my wife" is not a fake. (CNN/HARVARD UNIVERSITY)

(CNN/HARVARD UNIVERSITY) — A team of scientists has concluded that a controversial scrap of papyrus that purportedly quotes Jesus referring to “my wife” is not a fake.

Still, historians say it does not prove he was married. That’s according to the Harvard Theological Review.

The Divinity School says a wide range of scientific testing indicates it’s an ancient document from between the sixth- and ninth centuries. And the text may have originally been written as early as the second- to fourth centuries.

A Harvard Divinity School historian unveiled the scrap in 2012.

It sparked a heated debate over Christian history, archaeological accuracy and modern media coverage of contested ancient history.

Harvard historian Karen King says the scrap does not prove Jesus actually had a wife. King says the main topic of the fragment is to affirm that women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus.

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