Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Did Jesus have a wife?

Occasionally you may find that your family tree has a few irritating gaps, that if you had genealogical evidence for you could plug and help complete the story. But one piece of evidence for a particular family tree may be about to torpedo the religion of Christianity big style.

Researchers at Harvard University have analysed a fragment of 4th century papyrus that they have ascertained is not a forgery, which mentions that Jesus Christ had a wife. The implications, if correct, are huge - celibacy in marriage being just one particular issue likely to be affected. The BBC has the story at www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19645273.

Heading now for the air raid shelters...!

Chris

Scottish Research Online - 5 weeks online Pharos course, £45.99, taught by Chris Paton from 26 SEP 2012 - see www.pharostutors.com
New book: It's Perthshire 1866 - there's been a murder... www.thehistorypress.co.uk/products/The-Mount-Stewart-Murder.aspx (from June 12th 2012)

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