A new documentary set to premiere on "The Gospel of Jesus's Wife" repeatedly reminds viewers that while testing shows the papyrus fragment indeed is an authentic ancient document, its contents do not actually prove that Christ was married. Yet, that does not keep the hour-long TV program from exploring, with titillating dramatizations, the possibility that Jesus was more than Mary of Magdala's savior.
While speculation that Jesus and Mary were an item are nothing new, "The Gospel of Jesus's Wife" documentary airing on the Smithsonian Channel asks important questions and wonders how the acontextual lines found on the ancient papyrus add weight to the argument.
"The Gospel of Jesus's Wife" first became known to Karen King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, in 2010 when she received an email from a man claiming to be in possession of a piece of ancient Coptic papyrus. The artifact, belonging to a private collector who wants to remain anonymous, is a 1 1/2 by 3-inch fragment of a fuller document that contains 33 words written in Coptic script, and which include the translated blockbuster line: "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ...'" While testing strongly supports that the papyrus originates from between the 6th and 9th centuries, the words themselves are believed to possibly have been written as early as the second to fourth centuries. more >>
California Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn walked out of the National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill Thursday after hearing Dr. James Dobson refer to President Barack Obama as "the abortion president."
Speaking to Fox News host Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" Thursday night Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family and "Family Talk," a Christian radio ministry, explained the significance of his comments and context in which the statement was made.
"President Obama has not only done everything he could to promote abortion, and he let us know that before he was elected, and the people elected him anyway," said Dobson, who was seated next to his wife, Shirley, who has been the chairwoman of the event since 1991. more >>
"The 700 Club" host and conservative Christian leader Pat Robertson has expressed opposition to arguing with atheists on social media about the existence of God.
On the Thursday edition of "The 700 Club" program's "Bring It On" segment, Robertson got a question from a viewer named Christine regarding online debates with atheists.
"Whenever I post something on social media about my faith, many atheists comment that what I believe is wrong and try to argue about God's existence," wrote Christine. Should I argue back and try to prove His existence or should I just ignore it?" more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Justin Martin is engaged after proposing to girlfriend Brittany Brugman. Brugman made the announcement via Twitter with a photo of her engagement ring and a comical tweet.
"He liked it so he put a ring on it. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with @friar_martin_dc! #BestBirthday," Brugman tweeted out.
Martin became famous as an employee of Duck Commander, the setting for the hit series "Duck Dynasty." He so enjoyed working with the men of Duck Commander that he decided to grow a beard in order to "fit in." more >>
"Inside Edition" host Megan Alexander is no stranger to giving the inside scoop to the public, but now she is telling her own personal story of how her Christian faith influenced her decision to remain a virgin until marriage.
"I claimed my faith for myself in about junior high," Alexander told Fox411. "I think we should never just do what our parents tell us to do. We should find our faith and claim it for ourselves. So I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in about 7th grade and made that decision myself and that's been the best thing I ever did."
Alexander wanted to share her faith with a younger audience, so she wrote a special article for WHOAwomen Magazine. In it she wrote of her faith and her decision to abstain from sexual relationships until marriage. more >>
"Call the Midwife" is all-new on Sunday, and it's one episode closer to the loss of lead character Nurse Jenny Lee. This past week, viewers learned that Sister Evangelina had an alcoholic brother she was desperate to take care of, and a new midwife joined the team. This week viewers will get more acquainted with Nurse Patsy and learn about her background.
A young lady is responsible with taking care of her father, and the nurses must help, as is their duty, in this week's new episode. Of course, with that intervention comes great responsibility and unpleasantness as the father feels he needs no help. Yet as the nurses tend to him, they find themselves tending to the young girl as well, and come together to help the family get back on track.
Meanwhile, a pregnancy causes concern for the midwives and sisters as they notice that all is not well between the soon-to-be parents. Fights break out between the two, and the man is overheard yelling quite angrily at his intended. She makes excuses for him, assuring the midwives that he is "not normally like that," but the nurses know better and do their best to protect both mother and baby. more >>