“Woman, why are you weeping?” the Risen Lord asks Mary Magdalene. I hope you enjoy this Easter video meditation on John 20:11-18!
What is the meaning of Gospel of Jesus’s Wife?
Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, the small fragment of papyrus acquired by Professor Karen King of Harvard Divinity School, was classified as “ancient” (600 – 700 CE) in March of 2014. After almost two years of scientific analysis, multiple professional teams have deemed this tiny fragment “authentic.” No evidence of modern fabrication was found. Now, on to the Big Question. What or who is Jesus’s wife”? The Biblical Archaeology Society states that the meaning of this manuscript’s text remains open for debate.
“This is not, in any case, evidence that
Jesus was married.”
1. not to me. My mother gave me life*
2. The disciples said to Jesus
3. deny. Mary is not worthy of it
4. Jesus said to them, My wife
5. she is able to be my disciple
6. Let wicked people swell up
7. As for me, I am with her in order to
8. an image
(Translation as it appears on the papyrus)
*Or: “I exist with it/her”; “I dwell with it/her.”
Gospel of Mary, as the text is named in the manuscript, though it is made clear “Mary” is the person we call Mary of Magdala (Mary Magdalene), is a well preserved codex discovered in the late 19th century near Akhmim, in upper Egypt. It was purchased in 1896 by German scholar Dr. Carl Reinhardt, who took it to Berlin.
Gospel of Mary (Madgdalene) (pdf)
Download in Microsoft Word (docx)
Translation and commentary in English
By George W. Macrae and R. McL. Wilson
Edited by Douglas M. Parrott
Estimated date of writing: 30 – 180 CE
Large image: Ascension of Mary Magdalene, c. 1430 / National Museum in Warsaw
Peter said to Mary, “Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman.”
Gospel of Mary
The Lord loved Mariam more than all the other Disciples, and he kissed her often on her mouth.
Gospel of Philip 59