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A scrap of papyrus contains the phrase “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . . ‘” before ending unceremoniously with a fibrous tear. And somehow, if the NYT and Harvard are to be believed, this changes everything. And it does—if by everything we mean nothing at all.
It is difficult to convey the effect these now familiar paradoxes must have had upon Jesus’ listeners. The conventional wisdom (not just of Jews but of Greeks and Romans) is turned on its head. Success is what mattered in the ancient world. Good fortune, wealth, and power were signs of divine favor.