Below are links to two pretty good articles that will give some perspective on the scrap of papyrus that says Jesus had a wife.
Before you read them, here are some things to consider.
- The papyrus has no context. We don’t know the author, we don’t know where it was found, we don’t know the time period and we don’t know the history and culture into which it was created. Without context, the fragment is meaningless.
- By 325 AD the fundamentals of Christian Doctrine were settled. These fundamentals are still the foundation of Christian belief. Many ideas about God and Jesus existed in this time period, but those that fell outside of the fundamentals were rejected. This includes the idea that Jesus was married. Thus, whoever wrote this credit card scrap of papyrus was not a Christian, he/she was a heretic.
- The owner of the papyrus fragment is attempting to sell his collection of Coptic writings to Harvard Divinity School. When there is a lot of money on the table, I become extremely skeptical of anything and everything.