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Jesus Already Has a Wife

Or a wife-to-be, at any rate. Eleanor Barkhorn reminds us why the discovery of an ancient Coptic document that quotes Jesus talking about his wife doesn’t tell us anything:

If Christ is the groom, then who is his bride? The Gospels don’t really answer that question, but the rest of the New Testament does. And the answer probably doesn’t offer much help to people hoping Jesus’ marital status could shift the debates over women in ministry or the definition of marriage.