'Lost gospel' claims Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had children
Date: 12th November 2014
Source: Daily Telegraph
Mary Magdalene was a "co-messiah", the wife of Jesus and the mother of his children, according to a translation of an ancient manuscript.
The authors of a new book claim that by decoding the manuscript and translating it from the Syriac language, they shed light on the politics leading up to the crucifixion, fill in "significant gaps" about Jesus's life and present him as a "human" who placed importance on family, marriage, love and sex.
"It goes way beyond marriage," he said. "It describes (Mary Magdalene) as a co-messiah, co-deity, defender of humanity.
"This shows her as the leader of the Gentile (non Jewish) church. She is called the mother of virgins. This text is called the story of Mary Magdalene. It's about her."
The Lost Gospel is based on a 29-chapter manuscript dating back to about AD570 that was purchased by the British Museum from an Egyptian monastery in 1847 before being transferred to the British Library some 20 years ago
Ancient papyrus found, says: 'Jesus said to them, "My wife"
Date: 10th April 2014
Source: Daily Mail
The scrap of papyrus claiming Jesus had a wife, which was dismissed by the Vatican as a modern forgery, has been authenticated as a genuine ancient document. Scientists from several prestigious U.S universities have said it was written between the fourth and eight centuries.
The fragment of papyrus is written in ancient Coptic and reads: 'Jesus said to them, "My wife"' and '…she will be able to be my disciple…'
In a forthcoming paper in the Harvard Theological Review, Professor King speculates that this so-called 'Gospel of Jesus’s Wife' may have been tossed on the garbage 'because the ideas it contained flowed so strongly against the ascetic currents of the tides in which Christian practices.
Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Found Which Depicts Mary Magdalene With Child
Date: 8th August 2012
Source: Daily Mail
For years it sat on a farmhouse wall gathering dust.
And when Fiona McLaren redecorated, she didn't even take the time to cover the apparently worthless painting in a protective sheet, so it got flicked in specks of paint.
However, in an astounding twist it has emerged that the picture is likely to have been the work of master artist Leonardo da Vinci and worth over £100million.
Ms McLaren said her father used to call the painting 'Madonna and Child with John the Baptist, but having spent a decade researching the history of the work, the nurse believes the painting is actually not the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus, but Mary Magdalene and her son.
A papal bull – an order from the pope attached to the back of the painting is another significant feature of the painting and has been confirmed as belonging to Pope Paul V who was head of the Catholic Church in the early 17th century.
Although much of the wording on the Papal Bull has now disappeared, Fiona says the word for Magdalene is visible.