Ancient Papyrus says Jesus had a wife? (Da Vinci?)
Historian says piece of papyrus refers to Jesus' wife
"A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a papyrus fragment in Coptic that she says contains the first known statement saying explicitly that Jesus was married. The fragment also refers to a female disciple."
Dan Brown's book: "The Da Vinci Code" was mostly centered around the theory/ idea that Mary was Jesus's wife and they had a child together. He spun the story around Leonardo da Vinci's art - specifically the Last Supper. In the painting the disciple to the left of Jesus looks a lot like a woman and supposedly Leonardo painted her in such a way to embed clues to this.
From what i've discovered in the Last Supper - I am completely sure this was Leonardo's intent. I have some evidence of this on the Last Supper Section of my web site and in the older version of my book. In version 2.0 I have a LOT more, but I haven't posted it online.
I try to stay away from Historic validity or "conspiracy" or any kind of Religious implications but instead only focus on the PAINTING itself - and that is all that it is. - The Last Supper - that is. Leonardo could have had some special knowledge or he could have simply been mocking or rebelling against the church. It's obvious he painted the disciple to be a woman - but what that has to do with reality or history outside of the painting - is conjectural.
However this new story about an actual reference to Jesus having a wife is different. There are other Gospels - many - even one by Mary Madeline and also by "Judas" - but there isn't a specific reference to a wife. Only an allusion that Mary was his 'favorite disciple.' Those are obviously controversial since they conflict with the only four Gospels that were included in the new Testament. How and why those were the only one's to make the cut and how they were edited/ translated is another question. There were other "Gospels" written way before the bible was created in it's (mostly) current state. It should also be noted that the actual and original disciples didn't actually write them. They were written down many years later by other people who heard the stories from other people. John didn't write "John" - someone else wrote it based on stories about him and his experiences that were passed down.
It would be like someone today writing a Gospel from Judases point of view - which obviously wasn't really written by Judas. There are many of these really old alternative stories that tell varying descriptions and events from Jesus and his apostles lives. It's obvious some are fabrications and others are more accurate and other's still - are a combination of both. A piece of papyrus that mentions a version with Jesus being married (Coincidentally to Marry) doesn't necessarily make it true - or the other versions false.
It is interesting that Leonardo alluded to this version in the Last Supper - but where he got the idea or why he decided to encode it is.. unknown.