One small point about the “Jesus’ wife” paper

Mary Magdalene

Karen King’s draft paper on Jesus’ wife, and the Harvard Divinity School’s web site on the subject, both have a minor grammatical problem: the English title given to the gospel fragment.  They style it as The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, i. e., the possessive form of “Jesus” is made by adding an apostrophe – “s,” rather than simply an apostrophe.

I would respectfully suggest that they change this in the final version.  It should be styled “Jesus’ wife.”  Saying “Jesus’s wife” is just too awkward. Continue reading “One small point about the “Jesus’ wife” paper”

This Just In: Jesus was Married!

Mary Magdalene

Karen King, a Harvard Divinity School scholar whom I greatly respect, has submitted a draft of an article for the Harvard Theological Review discussing a Coptic gospel fragment which refers to Jesus having a wife.  This is now all over the internet, it was on the PBS Newshour last night, and even made the front page of the Denver Post and other papers.  The Smithsonian Channel is planning a special program. It’s big news!

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife (as King has named it) is very short and very fragmentary.  Continue reading “This Just In: Jesus was Married!”

What is it with Buddhists and the First Precept?

The first precept of Buddhism is variously cited as “abstaining from taking life,” “not taking the life of any sentient creature,” or “not killing.” Buddhist groups seem to agree that the life which we are not to kill includes animals and even insects.  So the first precept clearly implies (at least) vegetarianism.

But while many Buddhists are vegetarian, many other Buddhists are not.  Many Buddhist teachers say that you don’t need to become vegetarian, and even claim that the Buddha was not vegetarian. Continue reading “What is it with Buddhists and the First Precept?”