(CNN 12 November 2014) — The question of whether or not Jesus had a wife is back again.
This week two authors came out with a book about a newly translated ancient text — a “Lost Gospel,” as the book calls it. The text has been in the possession of the British Library since 1847 but only in recent years attracted scholars’ attention. It suggests that Jesus was not only married but had two children, and that Mary Magdalene — long viewed as a close friend of Jesus — was indeed the Virgin Mary.
It also suggests that there had been an assassination attempt on the children of Jesus and Mary more than a decade before the Crucifixion, when Jesus was 20.
The text described in this newest “Lost Gospel” is said to be a translation from an original Greek manuscript, according to a letter dating to the sixth century that accompanied the Syriac text in the British Library, says a Daily Mail article on the book. No matter how you look at this narrative, it is ancient in origin and may indeed reach back to the first century, when the four canonical gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — were written, although this is Wilson and Jacobovici’s conjecture.
The Syriac story isn’t even directly about Jesus. It’s written in code, centering on a man called Joseph, a kind of Jesus substitute. His wife is called Aseneth and is said to stand in for Mary Magdalene. In this tale, Joseph is called the “son of God,” and there are passages that seem to parallel the language of Holy Communion.
Joseph and Aseneth are married by the Egyptian pharaoh, who pronounces at their wedding: “Blessed are you by the Lord God of Joseph, because he is the first-born of God, and you will be called the Daughter of God Most High and the bride of Joseph now and for ever.”
[So this Joseph in this tale must be Jesus! What a load of rubbish!]
Message of The Lord on 20 September 2012:
“The lies, which will emerge, where they will deny the Truth of My Existence through a series of untruths, will begin to flood the earth.
They will say that My Body can still be found. They will say that I was married. They will say that I was simply a prophet. They will then try to prove, once again, that I was a heretic. That I blasphemed against God. They will ridicule My Words as they are being given to the world now and then dismiss Me.
They do this for two reasons. The first is to defile My Divinity and to present Me as a mere man. The second is to create doubt as to My role as the Messiah.”