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September 22, 2012

Harvard not yet publishing 'Jesus's wife' claim

BOSTON — Harvard University hasn’t yet committed to publishing research that purports to show some early Christians believed Jesus had a wife. That’s even though its divinity school touted the find during a publicity blitz earlier this week.

The editor of the Harvard Theological Review said yesterday that the paper remained under review, pending further study of a papyrus fragment that contains Coptic text in which Jesus refers to “my wife .”

He said the review includes results of scientific dating tests, and reports from experts on Coptic papyrus and grammar.

On Tuesday, divinity school professor Karen King said the fragment was the only existing ancient text in which Jesus explicitly talks of having a wife.

Scholars have since questioned the authenticity of the find. King has noted two experts have determined the fragment is likely authentic.

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