But let’s cut through the hype. I want my information straight from the horse’s mouth. So what does the fragment actually say?
Front side (recto):
1 ] “not [to] me. My mother gave to me li[fe…”
2 ] The disciples said to Jesus, “[
3 ] deny. Mary is worthy of it[
4 ]……” Jesus said to them, “My wife . .[
5 ]… she will be able to be my disciple . . [
6 ] Let wicked people swell up … [
7] As for me, I dwell with her in order to . [
8] an image [”
Back side (verso):
1 ] “my moth[er
2 ] three [
3 ] … [
4 ] forth which … [”
5 ] (illegible)
What can we conclude about Jesus from this fragment? Not much.
Daniel Wallace writes:
Does this fragment prove that Jesus was married? The answer is an emphatic no. At most, it can only tell us what one group of ‘Christians’ in the middle of the second century thought. But it says nothing about true history, about Jesus of Nazareth.
And the hoopla subsides.
(Have more questions? I recommend reading Wallace’s full article.)