“Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . .'”: A New Coptic Papyrus Fragment

  title={“Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . .'”: A New Coptic Papyrus Fragment},
  author={K. King},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  pages={131 - 159}
  • K. King
  • Published 2014
  • Art
  • Harvard Theological Review
This article offers a critical edition of a papyrus fragment in Coptic that contains a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples in which Jesus speaks of “my wife.”1 The fragment does not provide evidence that the historical Jesus was married but concerns an early Christian debate over whether women who are wives and mothers can be disciples of Jesus. Solely for purposes of reference, the fragment is given the title The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife (GJW).2 The existence of the GJW papyrus was… Expand
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