Blockbuster Bible bombshell book: Jesus married

More Bible controversy and scandal. Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene? A pair of authors promote a new book but Biblical scholars say there is nothing to be excited about.

Married Jesus? New book adds fuel to conspiracies – The Washington Post.

A researcher who has attracted attention and criticism with his revisionist Biblical theories says he has found new evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that early Christians considered her a deity.

Canadian-Israeli documentary-maker Simcha Jacobovici says an ancient manuscript in the British Library offers a glimpse at an early version of Christianity radically different from the faith practiced today.

“This shows that Mary Magdalene really got ripped off” in mainstream Christian theology, Jacobovici said Wednesday at the launch of “The Lost Gospel,” a book co-authored with York University religious studies Professor Barrie Wilson.

The text is generally interpreted to explain why the Hebrew patriarch Joseph came to marry a gentile, but the authors say it’s instead “code” telling of Jesus’ wife and children. That’s a nice way to sell a book but a sticky way to do historical investigation. Simcha Jacobovici is a Canadian-Israeli film director, producer, award winning investigative journalist, but not a Bible scholar or archaeologist. Those professionals do not think this story needs any decoding.

There is no mention that the investigation has been published in a journal for review, just put out for the laypublic consumption. That’s a good way to get people to believe something is true by sidestepping scientific consensus.

Jacobovici has shown up on DN before.
Criticism goes to court in case of fighting Bible archaeologists.
Jesus was here? Or not? 2,000 year old tomb controversy.

He has a habit of making quite outrageous claims with weak evidence and the mention of his name appears to make professional archaeologists and scholars cringe. It does not appear that his latest claim is well-supported either. Scholars say there is no corroborating evidence that Jesus married. The DaVinci Code was fiction, folks.

In 2012, it was determined that a piece of papyrus that supposedly mentioned Jesus’ wife was fake.

  11 comments for “Blockbuster Bible bombshell book: Jesus married

  1. spookyparadigm
    November 12, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    This guy makes me feel so through the looking glass.

    He uses the style of woo-mongers and pseudoscientists (as you note) to suggest entirely plausible scenarios, using the sort of evidence we might be interested in, but reading too much into that evidence.

    So you’ve got old-school weird archaeological claims from within the profession, taking real evidence but using it to flesh out myth or folklore in often fanciful ways: The Schliemann (or Evans if you prefer) Approach.

    Then you’ve got those who purposely array themselves against mainstream archaeology, outsiders who make extraordinary claims that are not supported by the evidence: The von Daniken Approach.

    And then you’ve got this guy, who makes entirely reasonable claims, he just doesn’t seem to have the evidence to support those.

  2. November 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Who was Jesus, anyway? Was he?

    Would be nice to know an answer to these questions first. Methinks.

  3. Dan Beach
    November 12, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    People arguing about which version of a fiction is the truth.

  4. Colonel Tom
    November 12, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    If a co-signed mortgage and photoalbum with Mr. and Mrs J. Christ water skiing in Galilee were to be discovered, it really wouldn’t change much of the Christian belief system. Some tap dancing priest that created hierarchy of angels and ranking of prophets would obviously lose coupe’, otherwise the sermons would still be sermons, faith would still be faith.

  5. Eve
    November 12, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    He’s made documentaries that claim that Exodus is literally true and that Atlantis is in Spain and is the biblical Tarshish. On his show he argued that Moses wrote the Torah. How are these “entirely reasonable claims”? This book claims a story that expands on some comments in the book of Genesis about the Old Testament patriarch Joseph, son of Jacob, is somehow really about Jesus. Again, how is this a reasonable claim?

  6. CLamb
    November 12, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Hardly newsworthy. There have been several books proclaiming this theory just in the last few decades. The novel “The Da Vinci Code” was even built on this theme.

  7. November 13, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Reviews are worse than bad. http://drmsh.com/2014/11/12/new-jesus-revisionist-hokum-book-getting-trashed-by-scholars-just-in-time-for-christmas/

    CLamb, it is news when it comes out in major news outlets. Covering such topics here is worthwhile so people searching for more information may come across a more rational take on it.

  8. One Eyed Jack
    November 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Religions need their “which super hero would win in a fight” arguments too.

  9. Eve
    November 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    It’s also new in the sense that the authors have come up with new (and preposterous) “proof” of the Jesus-married-Mary claim. It also seems to me that this book contradicts Jacobovici’s Jesus Family Tomb film/book. According to that argument, Jesus had a son named Judah. Now he has two sons named Manasseh and Ephraim. Although I suppose that (like Joseph and Aseneth) those aren’t their real names–they’re part of the code.

  10. Kurt
    November 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    This sounds groundbreaking, as everything I know of history says that Exodus never happened because slaves weren’t in Egypt building the pyramids. Forget all those first-hand accounts on just who was working where and on what in Egypt thanks to their meticulously detailed ledgers. Atlantis! Moses!

  11. Mike C.
    November 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    More of Jesus mything in action.

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