Did Jesus Have a Wife and Kids?

Controversial new book suggests Jesus had a family; critics are skeptical.
1:34 | 11/13/14

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And tonight, a headline that has parked a fiery debate. A new book with a provocative theory straight out of "The da Vinci code." Was Jesus married with children? ABC's terry Moran tonight with the authors and the lost gospel they say proves their claim. Reporter: Did Jesus have a wife and two kids? That is the astonishing and to many blasphemous claim in the book. A claim just like the one in "The da Vinci code." Mary Magdalene was Jesus see wife. Reporter: That was fiction. The authors of this new book claim their version, that Jesus married Mary ma day Len and had two sons, is hidden history. There's a secret code, they say, buried in the ancient words of a 1,500-year-old manuscript. They say in their book and an upcoming documentary, they've cracked that code. He's married and it celebrates his sexuality. Reporter: Many scholars are skeptical. For instance, the name Jesus never actually appears in that ancient text. There is simply no evidence in this text or anywhere else that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene much less that they had a couple of children. Reporter: One thing's for sure. After 2,000 years, the power of Jesus to inspire great faith and great controversy abides. Terry Moran, ABC news, London.

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