The fragment of papyrus read:
“And Jesus said, My Wife…”
Which shocked those unaware of this
Dimension of His life
The fragment, though, is incomplete;
It leaves the scholars vexed.
I’ll ask my learned readers, then…
What do you think comes next?
So, yeah… via National Geographic… A fourth-century fragment of papyrus is making some waves.
The papyrus made international headlines when it was cited in a new paper by Harvard historian Karen King. Smaller than a business card, the fragment includes several lines of handwritten text, composed in Coptic language, which uses Christian symbols.
The final line of text includes the words: “And Jesus said, My Wife…” while quoting Jesus.
My question, then, is simple: What’s the next line? What’s next, that the papyrus got cut off before it told us? For me, I see Jesus as a borscht belt comedian, stealing from Henny Youngman, Jack Benny, and Uncle Miltie…
And Jesus said, My Wife Simon Peter and I will be taking the weekend off..
And Jesus said, My Wife, when she sits around the house, she sits. around. the house.
And Jesus said, My Wife complains about dinner: loaves and fishes again?
And Jesus said, My Wife–Take her, please!
And Jesus Said, My Wife…