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James Finnerty English IV Abstract 10/1/13 In the article “A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife” by Laurie Goodstein, evidence comes up that Jesus may have had a wife. The author’s purpose of the article is to prove that Jesus did have a wife even though it is widely believed that he did not. The small piece of papyrus paper that changed many peoples beliefs had 8 lines on it and stated, “Jesus said to them ‘My Wife…’” The article also states, “The meaning of the words ‘My Wife,’ these words can mean nothing else.” A historian named Karen L. King backs up Goodstein’s research. Many other historians and professors that specialize in areas of the language it is written in including literature, grammar, and authenticity examined it and have concurred it is nearly impossible to fake. If someone were to fake it they would have most likely been trying to make a quick profit and this piece wouldn’t have been hidden away for so long. Goodstein uses all of this evidence to prove her point that Jesus had a wife. In conclusion the article “A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife” by Laurie Goodstein, completes its purpose on proving that Jesus had a wife. Laurie Goodstein provided solid evidence and had many other professionals’ opinions on the matter. However, it was believed for so long that Jesus was celibate and not married. The article “Coptic Scholars Doubt and Hail a Reference to Jesus’ Wife,” also by Goodstein, states “the fragment is not proof that Jesus was married because it was most likely written three and a half centuries after his death making it historically unreliable.” Both articles question whether or not Jesus had a wife and propose different answers. Works Cited Laurie Goodstein. “A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife’ NYT. Sept 18th 2012 News (Article 1) Laurie Goodstein “Coptic Scholars Doubt and Hail a Reference to

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