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Jesus Christ never married but He has two brides, following the marriage and acendancy pattern of his Horite ruler-priest ancestors. A second bride was taken shortly before he ascended.
The first wife is his sister bride, represented by all who lived in faithful expectation of His coming into the world in the flesh. They repose in the “Bosom of Abraham.” Among these are the priest Simeon and the Prophetess Anna.
Karen L. King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, notes that Jesus refers to a wife in this Gnostic Coptic fragment. The specific phrase in question reads, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…” and many assume that this must be a literal wife.
|Photo: Karen L King|
In this article in the New York Times, King makes the point that “that this fragment should not be taken as proof that Jesus, the historical person, was actually married. The text was probably written centuries after Jesus lived, and all other early, historically reliable Christian literature is silent on the question.”
Related reading: Who Were the Horites?; Moses’ Horite Family; Jesus’ Horite Ancestry; Yes, Georgia, there is a Kingdom!; Dr. Albert Mohler, The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship; The Wife of Jesus Hoax