Ancient Manuscript Suggests Jesus Was Married
Local minister says no evidence to support idea
ANCHORAGE - A fragment of a fourth-century Coptic manuscript is creating controversy around the world. It describes a dialogue in which Jesus refers to his wife.
The idea of Jesus being married is nothing new.
It's found in the Gnostic gospels that did not become part of the Bible and crops up periodically in fiction, such as in the film and book "The Da Vinci Code."
But for one local minister, it's just a fascinating sideshow of little importance.
Doctor Richard Strutz at Anchorage City Church says while the Bible is silent on Jesus having a wife, there's nothing to support the idea.
He says the text, which was unveiled yesterday by a Harvard Divinity School professor in Rome, was probably was inspired by the Gnostics, who were not contemporaries of Jesus.
Strutz says that even if Jesus were married, that would not change his views on Jesus' divinity.
"None of the early church fathers, who wrote a number of things, none of them mention a wife or family. So we just assume no, he didn't have a wife or family. But whether it's theologically important or not: not really. The Bible doesn't say. So we don't really care. But it's just fascinating."
And there is an old legend that the Merovingian dynasty in ancient France claimed to be the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, an idea alluded to in the second “Matrix” film.
Although it's something that can't be proved or disproved, it's likely to go on as a fictional plot point or a matter of debate.