Papyrus mentions Jesus’ ‘wife’19 September 2012
A scrap of papyrus written in Coptic in the fourth century and containing the phrase "Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...' " was made public in Rome on Tuesday at an international meeting of Coptic scholars.
Karen L King, a historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, said the owner is not willing to be identified because "he doesn't want to be hounded by people who want to buy this".
The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. The notion that Jesus had a wife was the central conceit of Dan Brown's bestseller, "The Da Vinci Code". But Dr King said: "At least, don't say this proves Dan Brown was right."
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