After a couple of years of back and forth, the ancient piece of writing referring to Jesus’ wife has now been verified as being from as late as the 6th century to as early as the 4th century. The Catholic Church immediately labeled the writing as fake and will probably continue to do so.
There is a steady trickle in ancient writings from the centuries after the “Time of Christ.” To the extent to which they are accurate, they give some indication of the variety of beliefs the information flowing about the world in those centuries.
The woman anthropologist who came into ownership of this piece of writing says it does not “prove” Jesus had a wife. What is does suggest is that there were people during that period who believed he had a wife. This is every bit as important as whether he did or did not.
I’ve read that one of the reasons priests are not allowed to marry is that Jesus was not married. So, if he was not married, why did someone literate enough to write, which as unusual at the time, think he was married?
There remains all manner of controversy about what the Bible’s main character, Jesus, was all about. While it seems clear he was apocalyptic about the eminent end of the world, there are those who say this was not his preoccupation.
One thing is sure. When the unknown authors of the Bible wanted to drive home some point, they portrayed it as coming from Jesus.
Probably there was someone going around at the time quoting what Jesus had said about his wife.