Book claims Jesus had a wife and kids

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New Book Claims Jesus Had Secret Family

A new book claims even Jesus had his secrets.

It's called "The Lost Gospel" and it's based off of manuscripts found in British Library dating back more than 1,400 years written in Syriac - the language spoken by Jesus himself. It claims Jesus had a secret family made up of two sons and a wife.

The mystery woman is none other than Mary Magdalene - one of his closest followers, who attended his crucifixion and burial.

Their alleged romance has been suspected before. A writer for the Daily Mail points out in the '50s, the book "The Last Temptation Of Christ" suggested that they married after Jesus was taken down from the cross. Martin Scorsese turned the idea into a film in 1988.

The significance of this latest book is that it's based off of manuscripts. The authors studied it for six years and believe it has an "embedded meaning" and that they've uncovered a missing fifth gospel.

Experts are already lining up to dispute the controversial assertions that are being compared to the fictional storyline created by Dan Brown for his novel, "The Da Vinci Code."

Mark Goodacre, a professor of religious studies at Duke University, told ABC News, "I don't think that there is any credibility in these claims at all. There is simply no evidence in this text or anywhere else that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, much less that they had a couple of children."

The authors feel it's necessary to point out in the beginning of their book that they aren't attacking anyone's theology, just reporting on text.

The book goes on sale Wednesday, November 12.



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