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.
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.
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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.