Jesus’ wife is back–mostly to whine about being suppressed by sexist male church fathers
The Lost Gospel is a far more ambitious attempt to cater to people’s willingness to believe what they want to believe—because the supposed “lost gospel” that Jacobovici and Wilson say they have uncovered never actually mentions Jesus at all. Nor Mary Magdalene. Furthermore, as Robert Cargill, a professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa put it in a scathing online review, “Mr. Jacobovici’s The Lost Gospel is neither ‘lost’ nor a ‘gospel.’ ”
Instead, it is a well-known ancient text that scholars call “Joseph and Aseneth” because its two leading characters are the biblical patriarch Joseph and his bride Aseneth, briefly mentioned in the Book of Genesis as the daughter of an Egyptian priest and the mother of Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.
No matter. Jacobovici and Wilson claim to have “decoded” the manuscript by substituting “Jesus” for “Joseph” and “Mary Magdalene” for “Aseneth.” “There is now written evidence that Jesus was married to Mary the Magdalene and that they had children together,” they write.
For example, “encrypted” in the Aseneth story is a plot by the Roman emperor Tiberius’ adopted son, Germanicus, to assassinate Jesus and his two sons, they say. They interpret references to “blood” in the Aseneth story as allusions to Mary Magdalene’s menstrual periods—much in the way that Dan Brown decided in The Da Vinci Code that the Holy Grail of medieval legend was actually Mary Magdalene’s vagina. Jacobovici and Wilson argue that “Joseph and Aseneth’’ was originally written during the first century by a group of dissident Christians—in code, because the mainstream Christians of ancient times wanted to eradicate memories of Mary Magdalene’s high status in the early church as Jesus’ wife.
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