I must admit I am just new in studying Coptic but I am excited in studying the manuscript where it is written Jesus has a spouse. I know the faith of some people is affected by this manuscript which is being circulated in the Internet.
What is the estimated date this gospel was written?
While the newly-discovered material fragment of the Gospel of Jesus Wife probably goes back to the eighth century, it may be an earlier copy in Coptic translated from a Greek copy.
This is pure gossip that should be refuted. I know many Christian Apologists refuted this but I am also happy to share what I have seen.
Here is the manuscript and if we put transliteration on how to read this we need to see line 4.
The 1st word Coptic is “PEJE” followed by “IC” which is the abbreviation for the word “Jesus” that we call Nomina Sacra in the Greek manuscript. This is followed by “nau” (Na-oooh) and the controversial part of the Coptic word, “tahime”. The “T” is the feminine article followed by “A” which is “passive” and “hime”, short form of the coptic word “sihime” which means “woman” or “female” or “wife”. I recall the Hebrew word, “issha” that means “woman” or in certain context “wife.”
I have three comments to refute this.
First, the fragment is authentic but it is a part of Gnostic theology. The Gnostics lived during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. They practiced a cult belief system that contradicted Biblical Christianity. They had separate doctrines and were frequently in conflict with the Christian community.
Second, there is no figure in ancient times with more manuscript proof of his life and existence than Jesus Christ. Today, there are more than 20,000 New Testament manuscripts of the Gospels that date anywhere from 60 up to 500 years after the death of Jesus. These documents all quote Jesus speaking the same words. They contain the same details of His life . Not one of these documents mention Jesus had a wife.
Third, it contradicts what is written in the Bible (Revelation 14:4) which says those who follow the Lamb never experienced sexual intercourse because they were virgins.
” It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins; these follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been redeemed from humankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb.”(Revelation 14:4, NRSV)
Hence, those who followed the lamb never had sexual intercourse and they were virgins. The more they followed the Lamb who happened to be Jesus.
“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”(John 1:29, NRSV)