The Gospel of Jesus's Wife

The Gospel of Jesus's Wife

Damaged and fragile, a fragment of ancient papyrus has unleashed a new interpretation of a religious story we thought we knew. In one of the most startling discoveries in recent memory, scholars confirm that a codex written in the ancient Coptic language refers to the wife of Jesus. Dr. Karen King, a Harvard professor, reveals that the papyrus bears the line "Jesus said to them, my wife..." It doesn't prove Jesus was married, but it raises questions about that possibility--and how some early Christians viewed the role of women in the church.

The Gospel of Jesus's Wife: Sneak Peek

Controversial and incredibly fragile, a document stirs up debate surrounding more than 1,500 years of Christian beliefs.

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  • The Reaction to Karen King's Gospel Discovery

    Smithsonian magazine reporter Ariel Sabar was in Rome when the divinity scholar unveiled a papyrus that set off a firestorm of criticism.

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