In 2012, a prominent Harvard Divinity School professor named Karen King announced a blockbuster discovery at a scholarly conference just steps from the Vatican: She had found an ancient scrap of papyrus in which Jesus calls Mary Magdalene “my wife.” The tattered manuscript made international headlines. If early Christians believed Jesus was married, it would upend the 2,000-year history of the world’s predominant faith, threatening not just the celibate, all-male priesthood but sacred teachings on marriage, sex, and women’s leadership. It also raised a tantalizing question about Jesus’s Jewishness: Was he married, like every other rabbi of his day, or was he an anomaly? It all turned on whether the papyrus was authentic. In Veritas, award-winning journalist Ariel Sabar tells a mesmerizing true story of the scandal that shook Harvard. Veritas is at once an international detective story and a tragedy about a brilliant scholar handed a piece of scripture that embodied her greatest hopes for Christianity, but forced a reckoning with fundamental questions about the nature of truth and the line between reason and faith.
Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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