Today in Rome, the Harvard historian Karen King revealed the existence of a small fragment of papyrus with eight lines of text written in 4th-century Coptic (the language of Egypt).
— photo Evan McGlinn for The New York Times
This papyrus fragment contains words that are linked in a way that has never occurred before in any ancient text concerning Jesus.
Jesus said to them, "My wife..."Then the fifth line reads:
she will be able to be my discipleAlready, the words on this piece of papyrus are being referred to as The Gospel of Jesus's Wife. As such, they will be associated with the amazing documents known as the Nag Hammadi library, which I mentioned in my blog posts of April 2007 entitled Sharing life together [display] and Gnostic discoveries [display]. These so-called codices (bound books) were discovered in December 1945, protected by a sealed jar and buried in the sand at the foot of the cliffs of Jabal al-Tarif, alongside the Nile in Upper Egypt.
Cliffs of Jabal al-Tarif in Egypt, near Nag Hammadi.