Thursday, September 20, 2012
In his latest blog essay, “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship,” R. Albert Mohler Jr. responds to an article in Smithsonian that reports on a recently discovered document — presummed to be from the fouth century — that contains text suggesting that Jesus was married and that his wife was one of his disciples. Mohler expounds on what he calls “sensationalism masquerading as scholarship” and asserts that this document, even if authentic, does not outweigh the fourfold witness of the cononical Gospels.
“[The document's] few words and broken phrases are supposed to cast doubt on the New Testament and the doctrines of orthodox Christianity. A tiny little fragment which, even if authentically from the fourth century, is placed over against the four New Testament Gospels, all written within decades of Jesus’ earthy ministry.
“’The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife?’ Not hardly.”
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