A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’”
The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.”
I hate that every few months there is another discovery like this that claims to undermine both Christian and respected scholarly arguments about Jesus (don’t even get me started on how late this text is). This Atlantic article does a pretty good (preliminary) job debunking some of the more wild claims that are sure to arise about this manuscript.
The key point is that Jesus is mentioned as having a wife in the New Testament; that bride is always Israel or the Church. It is a common image throughout the New Testament and Christian thought through the centuries.