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Historian’s finding hints that Jesus was married

Discovery may bear on modern Christianity

CAMBRIDGE — A Harvard professor has identified what appears to be a scrap of fourth-century Egyptian papyrus containing the first-known explicit reference to Jesus as married, a discovery that could stoke millennia-­old debates about marriage and sexuality in the Christian church.

The fragment, which has been preliminarily authen­ticated but must undergo further testing, also portrays Jesus as referring to a woman as his disciple.

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