1 Timothy 1:4

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

2 Timothy 4:4

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

A controversial document that suggests that Jesus of Nazareth had a wife is most likely ancient and not a modern forgery, according to a paper published today in the Harvard Theological Review. The papyrus fragment, known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” has been the subject of widespread debate since it was discovered in 2012 because it includes the phrase “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’.” It also mentions that “she will be able to be my disciple,” which led some to question whether women should be allowed to become Catholic priests. The Vatican has previously said that the document is most likely a modern forgery, but scientists from Columbia University, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say their analysis strongly suggests that it is indeed part of an ancient manuscript and that it wasn’t edited or tampered with. The researchers used micro-Raman and infrared spectroscopy to analyze the composition of the ink, looking for clues as to whether it may have been applied after the original document was damaged. More