Karen Leigh King

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Karen Leigh King (born 1954) is an American academic working in the field of early Christianity and Gnosticism.

Career[edit]

She had been Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School, from 1998 - 2008; in October 2009, she succeeded Harvey Cox to become the first woman appointed to the Hollis Chair, the oldest endowed chair in the United States (1721).[1]

She was described by Newsweek as "an authority on women's roles in the early church."[2] From 1984 to 1997, she was professor of religious studies at Occidental College.

She is a member of the Jesus Seminar, of the Westar Institute.

The Gospel of Jesus' Wife[edit]

Main article: Gospel of Jesus' Wife

In September 2012, King published details of what she described as the Gospel of Jesus' wife at the International Congress of Coptic Studies,[3] that she considers to be authentic.[4] In a 2012 documentary, King commented on the implications of the fragment:

The question on many people's minds is whether this fragment should lead us to re-think whether Jesus was married. I think however, what it leads us to do, is not to answer that question one way or the other, it should lead us to re-think how Christianity understood sexuality and marriage in a very positive way, and to recapture the pleasures of sexuality, the joyfulness and the beauties of human intimate relations.[5]

Works[edit]

King's books include:

  • Allogenes, a critical edition (1984)
  • Gnostic studies: Revelation of the Unknowable God (1995)
  • Revelation of the Unknowable God: With Text, Translation, and Notes to NHC XI, 3 Allogenes (1995)
  • Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism (Studies in Antiquity & Christianity) (2000)
  • What is Gnosticism? (2003)
  • The Gospel of Mary of Magdala (2003)
  • The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle (2003)
  • The Secret Revelation of John (2008)

King also co-authored Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity with Elaine Pagels, and was the co-editor of Women and Goddess Traditions: In Antiquity and Today (Studies in Antiquity and Christianity).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "King, Madigan Receive New Faculty Posts at HDS". Harvard Divinity School. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Secrets behind The Da Vinci Code.".
  3. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (September 18, 2012). "A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/ancient-papyrus-fragment-makes-reference-to-jesus-wife-1.465599
  5. ^ The Gospel of Jesus's Wife directed by Andy Webb (Blink Films, 2012)

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