WBEZ | married http://www.wbez.org/tags/married Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Was Jesus married? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/was-jesus-married-102676 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3012673675_35d05d229b_z.jpg" style="float: left; height: 523px; width: 300px; " title="(Flickr/matthew Hunt)" />This internet exploded last week when it became potentially possible that Jesus was <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/09/was-jesus-married-ancient-papyrus-mentions-his-wife/">not the saint you might think</a>, as a scrap of paper revealed he had potentially been married.</p><p>But &quot;The idea that Jesus was married does more than make the New Testament more saleable as a Lifetime mini-series,&quot; said James Finn Garner at <em>The Paper Machete</em>. &quot;(You know somewhere the concept has been pitched, and a producer has said, &#39;I like the story, but this guy Jesus, he needs to be sexed up.&#39;) If the scrap proves to be accurate, it might shake the foundations of the Christian church as we know it, at least until the church as we know it squelches it.&quot;&nbsp;Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>The scrap, cut from a larger scroll, contained seven lines of sentence fragments. Among these were the words: &ldquo;Jesus said, My wife.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Now, I&rsquo;d like to get address the elephant in the room right now and head straight for the Borscht Belt treatment:&nbsp; Jesus said, &ldquo;My wife wants to take a vacation, spark up our LOVE life. Wants to go to the Dead Sea. I say, Why the Dead Sea? She says, it reminds me of our love life.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>And also:&nbsp; How can you tell that Jesus was married? He brings 5000 people over and then asks, &ldquo;Hey, we got any food?&rdquo; I like that one better.</em></p><p><em>The headlines screamed the predictably sensational question,&ldquo;Was Jesus married?&rdquo; The expert from Harvard answered strongly that she had no idea. The sentence wasn&rsquo;t complete, it had no context, the scrap had been cut from a larger papyrus we don&rsquo;t have. It was written 150 years after the death of Jesus, who as you remember, was someone prone to speak a little cryptically. It could have been the start of a parable, analogy, mystical figurative allusion, or something else.</em></p><p><em>But I ask you, what&rsquo;s more fun, scholarship or baseless conjecture?&nbsp; Then let&rsquo;s get to it.</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/was-jesus-married-102676