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.
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.
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)
(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.
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.
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.”