Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Wives and mothers can be disciples, too!

This year's edition of "Let's question all things orthodox during Holy Week" is, as Al Mohler so adeptly observes, a painful illustration of the pathetic state of modern biblical "scholarship." The tiny piece of papyrus which purportedly has Jesus referring to "My wife" is, depending on which "expert" you believe, a crude forgery or an authentic document from sometime around the 8th century. Either way, however, it is hardly worthy of the attention it has drawn from a media wolfpack desperate to discredit Christian orthodoxy and help an academic charlatan like Karen King build her fantasy world around a past that exists only in her vivid imagination.

Mohler calls attention to a specific claim made by King in which she seems to be trying to lower the expectations surrounding her little scrap of paper.

But the most important line in the entire issue is offered by Professor King herself: “In my reading, however, the main point of [the fragment] is simply to affirm that women who are wives and mothers can be Jesus’s disciples.”

Really, Karen? Women who are wives and mothers can be Jesus's disciples? What a concept!

I wonder how Joanna ever missed out on that.