Did Jesus Christ get married? Did Jesus have a wife?

by Matt Slick

No, Jesus did not get married.  Jesus did not have a wife.  There is nothing in the Bible that says he got married or had a wife.  He spent time with women, as he did with men, but in no biblical passage is there anything that suggests he was married.

In John 2 at the wedding of Cana Jesus was invited (John 2:2) to the celebration.  In that culture, as well as now, you aren’t invited to your own wedding because the wedding can't happen without you.  Also, Jesus knew that he was going to be crucified and die (Matt. 20:18-19).  He would not have married a woman knowing he would not be able to provide for her later.  Also, the Lamb, who is Jesus, will attend the wedding feast as the bridegroom later (Revelation 19:7; 21:9).  So, we could say he will be “married” in the future, married to the Christian church.  After all, Christians are called the bride of Christ

Recently, there was the discovery of a papyrus document Called the "Jesus wife papyrus," a fragment with several incomplete lines on it.  One of the incomplete sentences reads, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...'"  The problem here is that the papyrus fragment was written at least 300 years after the time of Christ. It's spurious at best and cannot be used to support the idea that Jesus was married.

The Gospels are the primary accounts of his life and death. There is nothing mentioned in them or the rest of the New Testament that says Jesus was married. Since the Bible mentions Jesus mother, father, and brothers, it makes sense to say that it would also have included his wife if he had been married. But since it's not, we must conclude he was not married.




About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.