Denver, Colo., Sep 20, 2012 / 12:49 pm
A scrap of Egyptian papyrus that might depict Jesus with a wife has drawn media attention, but a scripture professor says it should not affect Christians' understanding of Jesus.
Mark Giszczak, Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, said that those who use sources like the papyrus to continue a controversy over whether Jesus was married are "really seeking to revive the ghost of Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code' novel."
He told CNA Sept. 19 that some of the interest in these sources derives from an "obsession with making Jesus seem like nothing special, a mere human teacher rather than the Son of God."
"Jesus, the incarnate Word, confronts every generation anew with his radical claims to be God and to die for the world," he stated. "The story of his life should not be rewritten, but received and believed in."