Have you heard the latest news about Jesus? According to the “secret code” found in yet another “lost gospel”, Jesus was married with children. (Gasp!)
These are the claims made by Simcha Jacobovici and Dr. Barrie Wilson in their new book, The Lost Gospel. However, these claims and claims like them are not new. Every few years a “scholar” cashes in on a sensational claim regarding the historical Jesus. Headlines are printed, books are sold, and ignorant people propagate bad history. All the while, serious scholars and historians just shake their heads and sigh (yes, even non-Christians).
Serious Christian and non-Christian scholars and historians agree that while Al Bundy may have been “married with children”, the historical Jesus most certainly was not. For instance, when asked about Jacobovici’s and Wilson’s book, non-Christian scholar Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D. essentially rolls his eyes and pointed his readers to Bob Cargill’s lengthy review of the subject.
With more than a little irritation in his tone, Ehrman said, “I have been repeatedly asked about the news story, that a new Gospel has been discovered that shows that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that they had children… The claim is completely bogus… Rather than explaining why the new claims about this text are not worth taking seriously (no scholar will), I give you a post made by Bob Cargill, assistant professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa.”
Friends, don’t believe the hype. The historical Jesus cannot be rewritten and reimagined every few years. For a comprehensive list of the historical facts about Jesus agreed upon by virtually all Christian and non-Christian scholars and historians, see The Minimal Facts Approach to the Resurrection by Gary Habermas.