Friday, September 21, 2012

Grandchild Number 10 Walks

by Steve Ray on September 21, 2012

Daniel Xavier Ray walked today. We were in India at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier in Goa when little Danny was born a year ago and I think that is how he got his name.

Coaxed by his his dad (my son Jesse) and his 4 older brothers and sisters – he waked today. We are away and Janet said, “Rats! We missed it!”

Soon he will be crossing continents to spread the Gospel like his namesake (maybe, hopefully).

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Peter Williams, the Warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England, just sent out this evaluation of the manuscript discovery that to some people suggests Jesus was married. It also includes the evaluation by Dr. Simon Gathercole, another expert in these matters. Dr. Darrell Bock has also weighed in on this issue.

“The Web is by now awash with stories of an ancient text in which Jesus says ‘my wife’. The story which broke yesterday in the New York Times and some other sources, is being carried today by outlets too numerous to list. Some of the reporting is responsible, but not all. Consider this extract from The Daily Mail:

“If genuine, the document casts doubt on a centuries old official representation of Magdalene as a repentant whore and overturns the Christian ideal of sexual abstinence.”

“We are of course in a context where there is so much ignorance of basic facts about Christianity that even when the media properly relay facts they get completely distorted and misunderstood in popular perception. This can be seen in the way derivative media put spin on the story and in the online comments below the news items……”

For the rest of the article, click HERE.

Another article entitled Quick Thoughts on the New Jesus Wife Text. Another article, this one by AP which throws further doubt on the authenticity of the papyrus is entitled Doubts Over Harvard Claim of “Jesus Wife” Papyrus.

Another: How A Fake Gospel Fragment Was Composed?

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Only two minutes long but nicely done. It gets to the heart of the matter in very short order and is well produced.

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