Ancient coptic manuscript dating from

26 Aug

Is this neo-narrative of Jesus really up for consideration?

Well, let’s look first at the proximity of this ‘witness’ to Jesus life.

King (the Harvard Prof announcing the discovery) said the fragment, unveiled at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies, provided the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married.

Contacted by AFP, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi refused to call into question King’s competence as a historian but said that “we do not really know where this little scrap of parchment came from.” “This does not change anything in the position of the Church which rests on an enormous tradition, which is very clear and unanimous” that Jesus Christ was not married, he said.

Could such a document even be close to being a ‘primary source’?

Well, just two hundred years ago, the war of 1812 raged between Canada and the US.

This is not an event that has any influence on Catholic doctrine,” he said.The headlines and articles tell us it is ‘ancient’ and it is at that, but is it close to the time of Jesus?The articles themselves report the date of the fragment as 4th century, putting it about 300 years after the death of Jesus.And it leaves you with the impression that it is more ‘progressive’ and ‘educated’ to have this doubt whereas it is ‘doctrine’ and ‘tradition’ that keeps the ‘credulous’ within the oppressive shackles of ‘church orthodoxy’.Then there was the ” – a self-proclaimed work of investigative journalism – that concluded that Jesus went off to France with Mary Magdalene and sired a ‘secret’ bloodline there.