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Friday, October 11, 2013

Peter's Wife and the "Wife of Jesus" - Le Donne

My new book The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals is now available at bookstores and on line.  Here is a free preview of pages 29-32 and page 38:

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Do please keep in mind that my book offers arguments for and against a possible wife of Jesus.  That said, the default position for most people is that Jesus was celibate.  As much as we might prefer a neutral ground upon which the best arguments can be measured, this is not possible.  There is no neutral ground for the historian. I realize that the burden of proof rests on those who would challenge the traditional doctrines about Jesus and celibacy.  This, of course, does not indicate what my conclusion(s) will be; it simply suggests that in presenting arguments from both sides, one of those sides must interpret against the grain of the popular imagination.                        -anthony


  1. Thanks Anthony. Was John the Baptist married? I doubt it.

  2. Anton, this is a really good question and one that I tackle in the introduction to this book. Most would see in the Baptist's refusal of creature comforts, feasts, wine, etc a variable of asceticism. If so, we might infer an ascetic stance on marriage and family too. This, of course, does not negate the possibility of marriage earlier in life.