But even without that provocative title, it would have shaken the world of biblical scholarship. Centuries of Christian tradition are bound up in whether the scrap is authentic or, as a growing group of scholars contends, an outrageous modern fake: Jesusís bachelorhood helps form the basis for priestly celibacy, and his all-male cast of apostles has long been cited to justify limits on womenís religious leadership. In the Roman Catholic Church in particular, the New Testament is seen as divine revelation handed down through a long line of menóJesus, the 12 apostles, the Church fathers, the popes, and finally the priests who bring Godís word to the parish pews today.
Did Jesus Have a Wife? - The Atlantic (external - login to view)