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Historian: Jesus may have had a wife
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n Tuesday, a historian at Harvard Divinity School publicly unveiled a fragment of scripture that suggests Jesus Christ had a wife. The historian, Karen L. King, presented the fourth-century scrap of papyrus to an international forum of Coptic Christian scholars in Rome. The business-card-sized scrap, written in black ink, contains the suggestive line, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife..." Another sentence fragment reads: "...she will be able to be my disciple." King said experts she has consulted agree that the scrap is genuine, but invited other scholars to test her theory. Analysts say the discovery could rejuvenate the age-old debate of whether Jesus had married Mary Magdalene, or if he had a female disciple, two discoveries that could transform Christian thought and practice.

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