Jesus Christ was a family man who had two children with his prostitute wife, according to a controversial claim by a recently translated "lost Gospel" dating back to more than 1,000 years. The text, recently unearthed at the British Library and translated from Aramaic by biblical scholars, mentions Jesus Christ's alleged marriage to a certain prostitute. The gospel also reportedly claims the existence of Jesus' two children, with their names and descendants even reportedly mentioned in detail in the text.
According to Metro, the prostitute, who may have been Mary Magdalene, was married to Christ before he was crucified and raised two children together during his time in Nazareth. Although Magdalene had prominent presence in the canonical Gospels, there was no mention of any romantic relations between her and Jesus Christ.
Barrie Wilson and Simcha Jacobovici, scholars who translated the lost Gospel from Aramaic, say that that there is a huge possibility that Jesus Christ's wife mentioned in the texts may have been Mary Magdalene. Theologians have speculated about Jesus' alleged romantic involvements with the famed prostitute for centuries, and the newly translated text might possibly be the first, real evidence of Jesus not only as Mary Magdalene's husband, but also as father to two children.
Jesus Christ's life remains murky to academics and is still a hotly debated topic among scholars and observers alike, despite him being one of the most influential figures in the history of man. Some debates revolve around Jesus Christ's physical features. Being raised in the Middle East, the image of Christ as a Caucasian man with long hair commonly portrayed in the media has been criticized by people from both the faithful and the rational sides, with some describing the figure as being inaccurate at best. Last month, the Inquisitr reported about a few engraved portraits of Jesus without the iconic beard discovered at ancient catacombs in Spain.
Some stories border on the conspiratorial. Earlier this year, controversies involving research allegedly debunking Jesus Christ's actual existence made its rounds online, with some writers like Michael Paulkovich giving support to the claims. Paulkovich, author of No Meek Messiah, detailed claims of "one-hundred-twenty-six authors from the time of Jesus who should have, but did not record anything about the Christian godman."
This claim of Jesus as a fictional figure has been challenged by biblical scholars, many of whom hail from both the atheist and the faith-based sides. According to the Daily Beast, there is almost a consensus among scholars affirming Jesus' existence, although his divine status has been the topic of heated debate.
The latest translations will be showcased at a press conference this Wednesday, complementing a Science Channel feature about Jesus Christ.
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