New Evidence that Jesus was Married and Had Children
The Manuscript is known as the “Ecclesiastical History of Zacharias Rhetor.”
and reason it was in the British library without gathering a lot of attention was because it had always been dismissed by scholars as insignificant until recently it was generously decoded for us… More on that later.
First of all, notice that it is a “6th century” manuscript. This account was written somewhere in the area of 500 or more years after the life and death of Jesus Christ.
Also, the manuscript actually tells a romantic story of the love between two characters: Joseph and Aseneth. According to ABC news, most scholars think this is a purely fictional story about the Patriarch Joseph (a son of Jacob who was sold into slavery in Egypt).
The name “Jesus” (or “Mary” no matter which Mary) do not appear in the text.
However, we have been rescued from biblical scholars and the actual document by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson, who “decoded” the manuscript for us.
The creator of the newly released book “The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text That Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary Magdalene” is Simcha Jacobovici… who is also known for having claimed to have found the actual bones of Jesus in a tomb (Discovery Channel named it one of the top 10 scientific hoaxes of all time), the actual nails of Jesus and the Lost City of Atlantis.
The story of Joseph and Aseneth allegedly includes some “Jesus” themes like a last supper (the Passover meal that all Jews partake of annually) and that the male character is referred to as God’s son (apparently a relatively common term for Jewish men – keep in mind that in the actual Jesus’ time, it is possible that the prophetic term “son of man” would have created more controversy than “son of God”).
So, other than this is a document well known to actual scholars, from 5-6 centuries after the Apostles lives, that doesn’t mention Jesus or any Mary, “decoded” by a well known for being someone not to take seriously… who is selling his conclusions for $21.74…
Why am I even writing about this?
I have no idea whether Jesus was married or not. I think if He had been, it would have been mentioned by one of Gospel writers from the actual time of His life… there would be no reason to hide it. It would be no sin for him to have been married, had sex or kids!
He might also have been red-headed (as some medieval portraits portray Him), but again, we have no reason to think so and reasons to think a Jewish man would not be (right?). His parents and siblings are mentioned, so we would expect His wife to be, if there had been one.
However, we are still left with one new revelation after another made by one junk fiction writer after another cashing in on the Jesus + controversy formula. That is all this one is.
Here is the best conclusion I read in the research I was doing:
“It sounds like the deepest bilge,” Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford University professor told the Sunday Times. “I’m very surprised that the British Library gives these authors houseroom.”