Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Four little words vs 2,000 years of unbroken tradition and witness
Let me get this straight. Four words on a scrap of papyrus, dated more than four centuries after Jesus, not in Greek or Aramaic or even Hebrew, of unknown origin, with an unknown author, addressed to unknown recipients, without attestation elsewhere, and unclear in its meaning... and that means, according to liberal scholars, Jesus had a wife!!
You can read the whole article here. Boy does it get my goat when one unattested voice is allowed to challenge what the Scriptures, Tradition, and the Church has consistently held. But, then again, why should things be different on this point than the ordinary skepticism the media (we hardly need the adjective liberal anymore) treat established Christian truth, doctrine, and belief.
Now we will need to argue with them all over again as if we must prove again the truthfulness of the faith and its historicity every time some kook challenges it or some mysterious fragment of papyrus dating from a much later period suggests something else. Never mind the fact that wife, as with sister, were terms that were often used in allegorical, symbolical, and affectionate terms without meaning the physical relationship which is the meaning we generally presume.
Oh, well... here we go again!
Update: Read a good response by Dr. Jeff Gibbs of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, at Concordia Theology Today...