Thursday, October 4, 2012

John Merritt on Mrs. Jesus

John Merritt says he's still working on the Mrs. Jesus problem, but his initial thoughts are worth sharing:  "I may have comments later on the renewal of the "Was Jesus Married?" kerfluffle, but that will take some thinking and maybe trying to figure out how to show Coptic in the blog--rather than being lazy and amateurish and just transcribing it. The Cliff Notes version: Of course he was married, because his parents would have probably have arranged a marriage for him before he got out of his teens. This assumes, of course, the existence of a flesh-and-blood human who had a normal upbringing for Jewish children at the time. Contamination from Gnosticism -- particularly Docetism, the belief that Jesus/Christ had no material component -- has skewed things a bit.

"In the meantime, the Forbidden Gospels and PaleoJudica blogs are places to start. The latter especially has been staying on top of all the mudslinging discussion."

Other interesting stuff in John's posting, which you can find here. My initial posting on the so-called 'Gospel of Jesus' Wife' is here.



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