(CNN) — A team of scientists has concluded that a controversial scrap of papyrus that purportedly quotes Jesus referring to “my wife,” is not a fake.
But historians say it does not prove he was married.
That’s according to the Harvard Theological Review.
The divinity school says a wide range of scientific testing indicates it’s an ancient document from between the sixth and ninth centuries.
And the text may have originally been written as early as the second to fourth centuries.
The scrap was unveiled by a Harvard Divinity School historian in 2012.
It sparked a heated debate over Christian history, archaeological accuracy, and modern media coverage of contested ancient history.
Harvard historian Karen King says the scrap does not prove Jesus actually had a wife.
King says the main topic of the fragment is to affirm that women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus.