An ancient papyrus written in ancient Egyptian Coptic is pictured in this undated handout image provided by Harvard Divinity School. (REUTERS/Karen L King/Harvard Divinity School)
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New scientific tests suggest a fragment of papyrus in which Jesus speaks of "my wife" is more likely an ancient document than a forgery, according to an article published Thursday by the Harvard Theological Review.Most reliable evidence from early Christianity is silent on Jesus' marital status, King added.King said the papyrus, which contains about eight partial lines of text, appears to make the case that mothers and wives can be disciples.King originally revealed the existence of the papyrus in 2012 .While the papyrus is too small to discern anything definitive about who composed it, King argued Thursday that the text belongs to a body of ancient texts that illuminate facets of Jesus' life.
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