UK: Imaginary zombie carpenter not woman, but gay!
Jesus was a Hebrew rabbi. Unusually, he was unmarried. The idea that he had a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene is the stuff of fiction, based on no biblical evidence. The evidence, on the other hand, that he may have been what we today call gay is very strong. But even gay rights campaigners in the church have been reluctant to suggest it. A significant exception was Hugh Montefiore, bishop of Birmingham and a convert from a prominent Jewish family. He dared to suggest that possibility and was met with disdain, as though he were simply out to shock.
‘Shock’ is probably the wrong word. If there was a word for ‘shamelessly fabricate nonsense in an outrageous attempt to procure goodwill from a pressure group’, that would be the word you were looking for.
But this new rigorously tested scientific finding will come as a real blow to Doctor Cornwall.