Scholar Unveils Ancient Script That Allegedly Quotes Jesus Referring to ‘Wife’

This Sept. 5, 2012 photo released by Harvard University shows a fourth century fragment of papyrus that divinity professor Karen L. King says is the only existing ancient text that quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. King, an expert in the history of Christianity, says the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to “my wife,” whom he identified as Mary. King says the fragment of Coptic script is a copy of a gospel, probably written in Greek in the second century. (Credit: AP)

BOSTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A Harvard University professor has unveiled a fourth century fragment of papyrus that she says is the only existing ancient text that quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife.

Karen King, an expert in the history of Christianity, says the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to ‘‘my wife,’’ whom he identified as Mary. King says the fragment of Coptic script is a copy of a gospel, probably written in Greek in the second century.

source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/scholar-unveils-ancient-script-that-allegedly-quotes-jesus-referring-to-wife/

How the Mother God Got Spayed

I was reading April DeConick‘s article “Biblical Views: How the Mother God Got Spayed” in the Biblical Archaeology Review. While I enjoyed it, I imagine that a few fundamentalists’ heads will explode after reading this article.

So what happened to the Mother Spirit in Christianity? She was neutered (or spayed, if you prefer) as the language shifted from Aramaic into Greek, where “spirit” lost her female coding. In Hebrew and Aramaic, “spirit” is a feminine word. In Greek, it is a neuter word. In Latin, it is a masculine word.

Check it out, I think you’ll enjoy the article and the rest of Biblical Archaeology Review for that matter.

Review: Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day

Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day:
Learn the basics of: Islam Buddhism Hinduism Mormonism Christianity And many more…
by Garry R. Morgan
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0764210033
ISBN-13: 978-0764210037

(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5 — link)

From the Back Cover

A Concise, Easy-to-Understand Overview of the World’s Religions

What religions are represented in your neighborhood, your workplace, and your children’s school? Things seem to be changing every day, and it can be hard to keep up. You may know a little about some of these religions. Others are new to you. You’d like to learn about them and how they differ from your beliefs, but who has time to do all the research?

In Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day, cross-cultural expert and professor Garry Morgan explains the key beliefs, histories, and practices of more than twenty religions, including the familiar–Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism–and some of the lesser known–Baha’i, Sikhism, and New Age religions. Broken into forty short readings, each chapter is engaging and easy to understand. In just minutes a day you’ll soon have a better understanding of the world’s beliefs.

My thoughts:

It’s been three decades since I had my “Religions of the World” course and my now 53 year-old brain struggles to pull up the various religions on command. The little gray cells need a kick-start and a brief reminder is all that it needed to get the ball, or in my case, brain rolling.

Symbol of the major religions of the world: Ju...
Symbol of the major religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day, Morgan covers a religion in about 4 pages to a chapter. Some religions have multiple chapters, Islam has six chapters and Christianity has five. I really liked that Secular Humanism was included as a religion. I imagine that a few professors’ heads exploded reading that!

All in all, I think that Morgan has put together an instructive book covering the broader aspects of the world’s religions. It should make for a solid introduction for those wanting to learn the basics or in my case a quick refresher course. I give Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day 4 stars out of 5 and I recommend it.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Magical Message According to IÔANNÊS (St. John the Divine) by James M. Pryse E-Book Download | Knowledge Files

 

 

Commonly called the Gospel according to St. John. Are you ready for the esoteric message of the Gospel never before so clearly revealed? Contents: The Seen and the Unseen; The Four Evangels; The Drama of the Soul; Explanatory Note; The Magical Message according to Ioannes; The Prodigal Son; The Birth from Above; Index. St. John the mystic, calls to you. Listen to this inspiring message of faith, hope, love, and mystical achievement.

That the teaching of Iêsous was largely allegorical is clearly apparent from the subject matter of the four Evangels, as well as from such express statements as that in Matthew xiii. 34: ” ALL these things Iêsous spoke to the people in parables, and without a parable he did not speak [anything] to them.” That the teaching had an inner and concealed meaning, divulged only to the few who were worthy to receive it, is evident from many passages in the New Testament; and it was so held by all the early Christian sects, and plainly admitted by the patristic writers. But, in addition to this allegorical teaching, certain rules of right-conduct are given, which constitute, not a mere arbitrary code of ethics, but one based upon the laws of man’s inner nature, his relation to Deity, to Nature, and to his fellow-beings. It is only by living according to these rules of right-conduct that the will of the man comes into harmony with the will of The God ; and in Iôannês (vii. 17) the final test is laid down : ” If any one wills to do his will, he shall have knowledge about the teaching, whether it is from The God.”

Table of Contents 

Preface
The Seen and the Unseen
The Four Evangels
The Drama of the Soul
Explanatory Note
The Magical Message According to Iôannês
Appendix I., The Prodigal Son
Appendix II., The Birth from Above .
Index of Notes

Pages: 248 | Published: 1909 | Language: English

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