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Albert Mohler had this article on his front page. Titled "
The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution,
declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through
the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really?
What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School
announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient
papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My
wife.’” Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the
announcement with headlines like “Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that
Jesus Had a Wife” (The Telegraph).
A Fragment of a Text, an Even More Fragmentary Argument
What Karen King revealed on Tuesday was a tiny papyrus fragment with Coptic script on both sides. On one side the fragment includes about 30 words on eight fragmentary lines of script. The New York Times described the fragment as “smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass.” The lines are all fragmentary, with the third line reading “deny. Mary is worthy of it,” and the next reading “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” The fifth states, “she will be able to be my disciple.”
The papyrus fragment, believed to be from the fourth century, was delivered to Professor King by an anonymous source who secured the artifact from a German-American dealer, who had bought it years ago from a source in East Germany.
The little piece of ancient papyrus with its fragmentary lines of text is now, in the hands of the media, transformed into proof that Jesus had a wife, and that she was most likely Mary Magdalene. Professor King will bear personal responsibility for most of this over-reaching. She has called the fragment nothing less than “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” — a title The Boston Globe rightly deemed “provocative.” That same paper reported that Professor King decided to publicize her findings before additional tests could verify the fragment’s authenticity because she “feared word could leak out about its existence in a way that sensationalized its meaning.” Seriously? King was so concerned about avoiding sensationalism that she titled the fragment “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife?”
This is sensationalism masquerading as scholarship. One British newspaper notes that the claims about a married Jesus seem more worthy of fans of Dan Brown’s fictional work, The Da Vinci Code, than “real-life Harvard professors.” If the fragment is authenticated, the existence of this little document will be of interest to historians of the era, but it is insanity to make the claims now running through the media.
Those familiar with Karen King’s research and writings will recognize the argument. Her 2003 book, The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle, argued that another text from the era presented Mary Magdalene as the very model for apostleship.
The thread that ties all these texts and arguments together is the 1945 discovery of some 52 ancient texts near the town of Nag Hammadi in Egypt. These texts are known to scholars as Gnostic literature. The texts present heretical narratives and claims about Jesus and his message, and they have been a treasure trove for those seeking to replace orthodox Christianity with something different.
Professor King, along with Princeton’s Elaine Pagels, has argued that
the politically powerful leaders who established what became orthodox
Christianity silenced other voices, but that these voices now speak
through the Nag Hammadi texts and other Gnostic writings.
King and Pagels both reject traditional Christianity, and they clearly prefer the voices of the heretics.
Those who use Gnostic texts like those found at Nag Hammadi attempt to
redefine Christianity so that classic, biblical, orthodox Christianity
is replaced with a very different religion. The Gnostic texts reduce
Jesus to the status of a worldly teacher who instructs his followers to
look within themselves for the truth. These texts promise salvation
through enlightenment, not through faith and repentance. Their Jesus is
not the fully human and fully divine Savior and there is no bodily
resurrection of Christ from the dead.
“The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife?” Not hardly. This is sensationalism masquerading as scholarship. Nevertheless, do not miss what all this really represents — an effort to replace biblical Christianity with an entirely new faith. END OF QUOTES
I see more and more of this type of attacks against the Bible. Forums I go on or the History Channel. I pray all Christians will be discerning and recognize this for the influence of Satan. The father of lies.
Romans 1:17, For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written:"The righteous will live by faith."