According to them, after a series of tests, the papyrus is said to be written in Coptic and contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to "my wife."
American Scientists Claim Jesus Christ Had A Wife And Children
This is really the height of blasphemy as a Harvard University professor and some American scientists have thrown up another controversy by claiming that Jesus Christ actually had a wife and children. And according to them, there is a fragment of papyrus seemingly 'mentioning that Jesus had a wife'.
Karen King, a professor at the Harvard Divinity School, wrote in the Harvard Theological Review that the papyrus is almost certainly a product of ancient Christians and probably dates back to eighth-century Egypt, based on carbon dating and chemical tests on the ink.
According to Prof. King and her team, none of the testing has produced any evidence that the fragment is a modern fabrication or forgery.
It was gathered that the fragment, which has some legible lines on the front and on the back, contains the words:
Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …. She will also be my disciple.
Also corroborating Prof. King's findings, James Yardley from Columbia University, and Alexis Hagadorn from Columbia University Libraries, used a technique called micro-Raman spectroscopy to determine that the carbon character of the ink matched samples of other papyri that date from the first to eighth centuries CE.
Prof. King first announced the existence of the fragment in September 2012, at the International Coptic Congress in Rome, where she dubbed it;
The Gospel of Jesus's Wife
Her announcement caused controversy among Christians and religious scholars, many of whom believe the document may be a forgery because of the poor grammar, shape of the handwriting and the ink's colour and quality.
She supported her claims thus:
This gospel fragment provides a reason to reconsider what we thought we knew by asking what the role claims of Jesus's marital status played historically in early Christian controversies over marriage, celibacy, and family.
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