Karen King, professor at Harvard University, has announced today that she has been working on a new Coptic fragment from an unknown gospel which she is calling the
Gospel of Jesus' Wife
, because Jesus makes reference to having a wife. While this reference may have nothing to do with the historical Jesus, she says, it certainly tells us that issues of celibacy and marriage of clergy were being debated among the Christians. This should remind us that the
Gospel of Philip
has a similar reference, there to Mary Magdalene as Jesus' wife.
The reference to "my wife" occurs in line 4 on the right hand side.