Actually, it doesn’t. But that is the strong impression The Atlantic (and many other media outlets) gives in this story, “The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ Is Real: What Now? Historians, engineers, and linguists have pored over a three-inch piece of papyrus that makes mention of Jesus’s wife.”

When the papyrus was first revealed publicly, many scholars quickly dismissed it as a forgery. The only thing science has now confirmed is that the papyrus is (possibly) from the early middle ages. Most scholars still think the text is inauthentic for sound reasons that the article never presents. Obviously, a headline like, “Possible Middle Ages Document Speaks of Jesus’ Wife” just doesn’t sound as compelling. After all, there were also people in those days that believed Mary’s breast-milk was preserved in vials in various churches.

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