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  Tishrei 13, 5773 , 29/09/12

Vatican Rejects Evidence that Jesus had a Wife

The Vatican has called a recently released fragment of a Coptic text that had been seen as possible proof that Jesus had a wife "problemtic and controversial," adding that the papyrus is most likely a fake. 

An editorial this past Friday in the Vatican newspaper,  L’Osservatore Romano, said that there was enough proof in circulation to conclude that the text is an "inept forgery," according the New York Times

The papyrus, which contains the phrase “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ”  was presented at an international conference of Coptic scholars this month in Rome, and has caused intense discussion and debate ever since. 

In the newspaper, Coptic scholar Dr. Camplani raised suspicions about the text's authenticity, writing that no other source makes any mention of a wife and claiming that because the papyrus was found among a collection of ancient manuscripts, and not through an archeological dig, the chance for forgery becomes a lot more possible. 

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