Day: September 19, 2012

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Texts it Reminds One of

April DeConick‘s Translation of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife:

“…my mother gave me li[fe…] The disciples said to Jesus […] deny. Mary is worthy of it […] Jesus said to them, “My wife [and…] Let men who are wicked […] I am with her because […] an image […]”

Now for the texts this reminds one of:

(Simon Gathercole put me onto this one. Shows I don’t know my Thomas as well as I might)Gospel of Thomas 101 (Thomas Lambdin): <Jesus said>, “Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. For my mother […], but my true mother gave me life.”

Gospel of Thomas 114 (Thomas Lambdin):  Simon Peter said to Him, “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of Life.” Jesus said, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Gospel of Philip 36 (Wesley Isenberg):There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary.

Gospel of Philip 59 (Wesley Isenberg): As for the Wisdom who is called “the barren,” she is the mother of the angels. And the companion of the […] Mary Magdalene. […] loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her mouth. The rest of the disciples […]. They said to him “Why do you love her more than all of us?” The Savior answered and said to them,”Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.”

A good place to start studying these “Gnostic” (quotes because no one quite agrees what is Gnostic, or the validity of the term) texts is Early Christian Writings.

There are two ways to take the Jesus’ Wife Gospel’s recallings of other “Gnostic” texts: If genuine, they indicate this new gospel fragment is part of the stream of thought among those sects of ancient Christians. If a modern fake, these are just the sort of references one would use to make a particularly eye-catching, big money and publicity-grabbing fake. As I and others have said, this is just the sort of text a lot of modern folk would like to see from the ancient past.

To Those Who Ask…

… if I have a sense of humor?

Yes. But I only pull it from the back of the closet to wear on special occasions.

Medieval Life– in Color!

Often lauded as the two of the best books by medieval reenactors:

1381: The Peel Affinity seeks to show a year in the life of a knight’s holding, but it shows some earlier and later subjects too. Text and lots of color photos.

Medieval Military Costume shows a broader range of clothing than just the military, and while it focuses on the 15th century, it has some coverage beginning in the Viking Age down to the 16th century. Many photos with brief explanatory text.

Jesus’ Marriage may be a Sham

Well, actually, there’s no good proof he was married. But opinions are coming in from all over that maybe the “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” is too good to be true. The two main things that strike many of us are:

1. What are the chances? That a surviving fragment just happens to mention Jesus saying he was married, a hot button issue these days, is awfully convenient.

2. The fragment owner is supposedly interested in selling his collection to Harvard. The world’s oldest motive for committing a fraud might be involved.

As usual in these cases, James McGrath is doing a roundup of all the news and opinion. His second post on the subject is here, with no doubt more to come.