JERUSALEM - A Harvard University professor has unveiled a fourth-century fragment of papyrus that she says quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife.
Karen King, an expert in Christian history, says the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to his wife, whom he identifies as Mary. King says the disciples discuss whether Mary is worthy, and Jesus responds "she can be my disciple."
King unveiled the fragment of the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife" in Rome on Tuesday. She said it was probably copied from a gospel written in Greek in the second century.
King says it doesn't prove Jesus was married but reflects discussions among early Christians about whether it was better for them to marry or remain single.