I was just preparing some notes for tonight's Bible study when I thought you may be interested in what I have to say as well. Last week one of my staff walked into my office and asked if I had heard of the "Jesus Wife Text" that was on the morning's news. I had not and he went on to share what he had heard.
Dr. Karen King, professor at Harvard's School of Divinity, revealed a small fragment of ancient papyrus at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome. One partial line of the small fragment read, "Jesus said to them, My wife..."
One lady being interviewed said that Christians must reassess their view of Jesus based upon this finding. Really?!!!
If it is real, and that is greatly debatable at this early stage, then it is probably from the 4th century. It is most definitely written in the Coptic language and not Greek or Hebrew. Coptic is an ancient language of Egypy where many Christians began to develop their own brand of Christianity. A group of fringe Christians, known as the Gnostics, influenced much Christian thought during the centuries immediately following the original church. It was some of their odd teachings that actually prompted the church to affirm the formation of the 66 books that now constitute the Holy Bible.
So should we reconsider our views of historical Jesus based upon one sentence fragment in a questionable and late Gnostic text? Or should we consider the more than 25,000 handwritten, partial or complete, documents of the New Testament. Of these there are 5700 in Greek and another 10,000 in Latin. There are 15 papyri dating to the second century. None of these ever mention the "wife of Jesus."
The preponderence of evidence tells us that this newly found document is another attempt to undermine the authenticity of Scripture. Here is what you can know for sure. No attack by enemies of the Bible will ever be able to stand against solid and unbiased scholarship. I have spent my adult life studying the Word and I can boldly declare the longer I study the Bible the more I trust it as God's Word to man.