Someone is publishing a new book about Christ being married.
Okay, before people freak out, this book that is being published, which I am not going to name, was written based on the
writings of a guy who lived 400 years after Christ. The originals were
written in Greek and lost, so the writings being reviewed are a Syrian
translation of Greek.
Now for the "fun" stuff. This is probably a
retelling of the legend of Christ's marriage and children. The legend
tells us that Christ married at about 18, to a woman who was younger and
they had a couple kids. The wife and kids were killed by Roman
soldiers. Christ took off for the desert, or voyaging with his uncle
(a metals merchant) and started his ministry a few years later.
This marriage legend was around long before Dan Brown came up with his Mary
Magdalene story. Theologians were discussing it for hundreds of years. Dan Brown just figured
out a way to make money by making it more controversial. There are no
writings which survived from the time period which confirm this account.
name in the Syrian scrolls translates into Joseph, maybe. Anyone who
has read the New Testament knows the words Elias to be the name used in
the New Testament for Elijah. And everyone who has studied also know
there is no J sound in Hebrew so Christ's name wasn't Jesus, it was
according to most scholars Yahushua. In Islam Christ's name is Issa.
I've read other names, Yoshiyahu, etc.
we know names are hard to translate effectively. Yoshiyahu translates,
roughly, to Josiah or if it is passed around the "post office" it could
point is, the paper could be about a Jesus, but, even if it is, big if,
that doesn't mean it is about Christ because Christ was not the only
person named whatever he was named.
This author is taking huge leaps to sell books to people who don't know any better.
That does not mean it isn't worth reading. I haven't read it yet. Just because a book uses sensationalism does not mean it sucks. It just means the sensationalism is laughable.