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Monday, November 26, 2012

I am Scheduled to Present on the Jesus' Wife Controversy - Le Donne

Ever since Harvard professor Karen King announced the existence of a "gospel" wherein Jesus speaks the phrase "my wife", steady streams of news and social media have attracted audiences of all kinds. While many specialists have dismissed this fragment as a forgery, the controversy reveals - yet again - that the very idea of Jesus' married life is just too interesting to ignore.


Is it because it implies that Jesus had a sexual identity? Is it because it implies that there was an early Christian cover-up? It is because the most likely candidate (Mary Magdalene) has been sexualized in Christian tradition?

I have been invited to participate in a public lecture dedicated to these topics. While I deal with the notion of Jesus' matrimony in my little Jesusbuch, I have since given more thought to this very real possibility.
I am honored to be included alongside Coptic expert, Caroline Schroeder, and religious ethicist, George Randels. Hebrew Bible scholar, Joel Lohr, will preside and moderate. If you happen to have December 5th open, this event will be hosted at 7pm in the Vereschagin Alumni House (University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA. 95211). I do believe that this event is free to the public. 

Flyer here:


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