As leading scholars speak out against the supposed new
"evidence" that Jesus was married, religion and culture expert Dr.
Alex McFarland says this is yet another attack on Christianity.
Harvard Divinity professor and historian Dr. Karen L. King
publicly unveiled a parchment fragment last week that suggests to
some that Jesus of Nazareth may have had a wife.
The fragment, dated from the fourth century and written in
Coptic, an ancient language that resulted from the writing of
Egyptian using Greek characters, appears to show Jesus referring to
"my wife …" and states that "she will be able to be my
McFarland, director of Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the
Worldview Center at North Greenville University in South
Carolina, says this text has little or no authority, because it is
so far removed from Jesus' own lifetime.
"I don't think that we should totally revise our understanding
of Jesus just based on this fourth century Coptic text, with a
different ethnic, different language, different people very far
removed from the life of Christ," McFarland declares. "I would say
this can't tell us anything definitive about Jesus."
He maintains that his disagreement with the finding has nothing
to do with the singleness and celibacy of Jesus. Sex, he says, is a
wonderful act within the confines of marriage.
"The New Testament gospels don't tell us anything about Jesus
being married," Dr. McFarland points out. "The Old
Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah clearly indicate His
mission was not marriage and procreation, but atonement and
salvation. And also, this would presuppose really that He didn't
rise and that He adheres to live out the life of a husband and
father, which is not at all in keeping with what we know about the
Along with other speakers, McFarland will discuss this latest
archaeological find and what it proves or denies about Jesus'
ministry at the Truth for a New Generation Conference, where
apologists will present the Christian worldview and teach others to
defend it. The conference will be held September 28-29, 2012 at
First Baptist North Spartanburg Church in Spartanburg, South