Harvard Theological Review says a team of scientists has concluded that a controversial scrap of papyrus that purportedly quotes Jesus Christ referring to “my wife” is real. However, historians at the school say it doesn’t prove he was married.
Harvard Historian Karen King says the main topic of the fragment is to affirm that women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus.
Researchers at the divinity school say the text on the papyrus may have originally been written as early as the second to fourth centuries. The scrap itself is believed to be from between the sixth and ninth centuries. It was unveiled by a Harvard divinity school historian in 2012, and sparked a heated debate over Christian history, archaeological accuracy, and modern media coverage of contested ancient history.