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EDIT 4.10.14: This fragment has been verified as authentic since this post was originally written. This does not, of course, mean that Jesus was married. I just thought I should update since I originally said it may be a fake.

Last week a fragment of a Coptic text was released that quotes Jesus as saying, “My wife . . .” It has gotten a lot of attention and has even been referred to as The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. Even though Karen King, the scholar who first presented the fragment, stated that this is not evidence that Jesus had a wife, the Internet has taken to using the fragment to reignite the debate about whether or not Jesus was married. King is right; this is not evidence in that debate. But the reaction to it is evidence that people need a crash course on textual criticism and why the Bible includes what it concludes.

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