It all began yesterday with a tantalizing article in the Guardian titled, “Jesus as an openly gay man: What if the newly found codices provided evidence of Jesus’s same-sex activity? Michael Ruse imagines the implications.” It has become an Internet sensation -- widely reprinted in sources ranging from the respected Wall Street Journal to a buzzing swarm of pro and anti-LGBT blogs.
“Imagines” is the key word in the headline. The article sounds factual and has convinced many, but apparently it is fiction. It’s true that ancient lead codices were discovered in a cave in Jordan last month. But, as far as I can tell, only a few words have been translated so far.
Much of the “new” proof is actually the same evidence of a gay Jesus that has been hiding in plain sight in the gospels for centuries: his loving relations with men, especially the Beloved Disciple.
Ruse, professor of philosophy and biology at Florida State University, presents an appealing picture of Jesus affirming and participating in same-sex relationships in the new archeological find.. Go ahead and enjoy these excerpts:
The most astounding finding from the newly discovered lead codices is that Jesus Christ was unambiguously and openly gay. He and his disciples formed a same-sex coterie, bound by feelings of love and mutual support. There are recorded instances of same-sex activity – the "beloved disciple" plays a significant role – and there is affirmation of the joys of friendship and of living and loving together….Click here for the whole article at guardian.co.uk.
There is at least one new parable, that of the two young men. There are clear echoes of the relationship between David and Jonathan, for Jesus speaks of one young man having his soul "knit with the soul" of the other, and loving him "as his own soul"…
Conversely, there is at least one incident when Jesus quarrels violently with Joseph, who shows great hostility and makes wild claims about "manliness"...
Special thanks to Terrence Weldon of the Queering the Church Blog and Lynn Jordan for the news tips about this!
Baptism of Christ by Francesco Francia Raibolini (1509)
from Wikimedia Commons