Which means that Professor Tabor can’t be far behind. Joel writes
….Now all that has changed. From the most conservative academic quarters, Professor Karen King and the Harvard Divinity School (unofficially identified with the United Church of Christ and Unitarian Church), comes the admission that there is an early Coptic gospel (late 2nd century!) that has Jesus referring to Mary Magdalene as his “wife”.
via Jesus Was Married. Something Has Changed! | Simcha Jacobovici TV [editorial note- you’ll have to go to Joel for the link- I refuse to send traffic to pseudo-scholarship- there’s already too much of it as it is]. Um… First, the provenance has not been settled… it may be the late second century… or the late fourth century, or sometime else. Such a late source does not in fact have any real connection to the Historical Jesus. Second… Karen King… a Conservative? The United Church of Christ… conservative? Sure, there are is a string of UCC churches in the Evansville and other German-immigrant areas of southern Indiana that are conservative, but as a whole the UCC is far, far from conservative. And the UU church?
Only in the land of the deluded or ill-informed would a Unitarian be considered ‘conservative’. And, again, if Simcha is planning a project (and it sure sounds like it) then Prof. Tabor will eventually be involved. His comments on the ‘Jesus Wife’ thing show that he and Simcha are in lock-step.
Sigh. How the mighty have fallen.