Did Jesus Christ marry Mary Magdalene and have children with her? Most likely you may think that’s the kind of sensationalist nonsense you find only in the pages of fiction.
But new translated document filled with startling revelations and fascinating detail about the life and times of Jesus seems to be a possible evidence.
In fact, The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s 2003 best-selling thriller, was hinged on that very premise: a secret bloodline had sprung from the union between Jesus and Mary.
The authors of a new book, ‘The Lost Gospel’, professor Barrie Wilson and writer Simcha Jacobovici, claim to have unearthed evidence of a manuscript which tells the story of Jesus’s two sons and his marriage to Mary, one of his closest followers, who was at his crucifixion, burial and the discovery of his empty tomb.
Waiting to be rediscovered in the British Library is an ancient manuscript of the early Church, copied by an anonymous monk. The manuscript is at least 1,450 years old, possibly dating to the first century i.e., Jesus’ lifetime. And now, The Lost Gospel provides the first ever translation from Syriac into English of this unique document that tells the inside story of Jesus’ social, family and political life.
Wilson and Jacobovici have spent six years studying unique document, they are convinced they’ve uncovered a missing fifth gospel — to add to the four gospels, which tell the true story of the life of Christ and are said to have been written by the evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, in the 1st century AD.
Scholars believe that Jesus was born around 5 BC, and that he was crucified around 30AD. Unfortunately there is a huge gap in the biography of the very influential individual in human history: we know absolutely nothing about Jesus from the time he was eight days old (his circumcision, according to Jewish law), until he was in his early thirties.
What the authors eventually discover is as astounding as it is surprising: according to uncovered document sometime during this period he became engaged, got married, and produced children.
While some academics agree that it is possible that others gospels — recounting Jesus’s marriage — may have existed but since been lost, others are adamant that the idea is a complete nonsense.
History is littered with such debates.
In 1213, for example, a chronicle recorded that the inhabitants of Béziers, in southern France, had been burned alive four years earlier for ‘their scandalous assertion that Mary Magdalene and Christ were lovers’. A different story — that Mary was a prostitute — was proposed by scholars who merged her identity with the unnamed sinner who anoints Jesus’s feet in Luke’s gospel. However, this interpretation has almost universally been discounted.
Just two years ago, Harvard professor Karen L. King declared that she’d found a papyrus fragment — thought to be from Egypt — called The Gospel Of Jesus’s Wife. In it, there were four words, written in Coptic (an Egyptian language), saying: ‘Jesus said to them, “My wife . . .” ’
In fact, Jacobovici believes that his ‘lost gospel’ supports Professor King’s studies.
Wilson and Jacobovici claim that on purely historical level it is not surprising at all. Marriage and children were expected of a Jewish man, then and now. The document the authors rely on states that he was indeed married and fathered children, and for some of his original followers Jesus’ marriage was the most important aspect of their theology.