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Here’s an attention-grabbing item: an ancient Coptic papyrus fragment referring to Jesus’s wife.

13 Comments

  1. I took a look at the Coptic, and it does appear to have Jesus saying, “My wife.”

    The article notes that this text has no historical value on the question of Jesus’s actual marital status, rather that it tells us more about differing opinions from a time later than the early first century.

    I’m not surprised by the text since I’ve read several Coptic texts presenting Jesus kissing Mary Magdalene and calling her a disciple, also of little value on the historical Jesus.

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted September 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Yes, I saw that. Still of interest, though; even the Gospels themselves are dated to sometime later in the first century, if memory serves.

    Posted September 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  3. Dom says

    All it said was, “my wife…”. As in “My wife, uh, my life, I meant to say life … “.

    Posted September 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
  4. Has anyone seen my fife?

    Posted September 19, 2012 at 12:16 am | Permalink
  5. And Jesus said to them, “My trouble and strife . . .”

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink
  6. And He said onto Judas, “Hand me my knife … handle forward, if you please.”

    Posted September 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink
  7. “My trouble and strife . . .”

    Beware the German version …

    Posted September 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
  8. I was actually thinking of the Cockney slang, where “trouble and strife” means “wife” . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted September 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink
  9. Malcolm says

    As seen here.

    Posted September 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
  10. WARNING: Gross humor follows!

    The working title for Hitler’s unfinished biography of his girlfriend/wife was:

    “Mein Kant”

    Posted September 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink
  11. Mein Kant . . . is that masculine or neuter?

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted September 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink
  12. My guess would be: neutered.

    Posted September 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink
  13. That reminds me of a Pynchon poem:

    Hitler has only one left ball,
    Goering has two, but they are small,
    Himmler has something similar,
    But poor Goebbels has no balls at all.

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted September 22, 2012 at 4:55 am | Permalink

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