I need to start this brief review with an apology to Anthony Le Donne, however. When he first told me that he was working on a book on the wife of Jesus, I thought exactly what he knew I would think. I wasn’t concerned that he was writing a popular-level book. There’s a real place for this type of scholarship and anyone who’s read Anthony’s Historical Jesus: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It? knows that he has a real gift for writing on intricate topics in a way that is not only accessible but interesting. I was concerned because of the topic. Writing something on the wife of Jesus seemed an obvious attempt at simultaneously ruffling feathers and gaining attention—basically, selling out to sensationalism. My thinking at the time was that this topic—the wife of Jesus—is a black hole. There is, in my opinion, very little in Second Temple Judaism or early Christianity that would make scholars seriously think that Jesus was married and thus there was not very much that could be usefully said about it. I was dead wrong in the latter opinion. I’ll explain in later posts.