Riyadh | A panel of scientists at the prestigious King Saud University based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has concluded that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a hermaphrodite.
The controversial statement is the result of a two-year study by an international and multidisciplinary team of scientists who studied the Al-Shayed manuscripts, a collection of some 21 different manuscripts discovered between 2012 and 2016, in caves in the eastern Judean Desert.
The manuscripts give a broad new insight into the lives of Joseph and Mary previous to the birth of Jesus Christ, claim the panel of experts.
“And blessed was She (Mary) […] carrying both […] attributes of male and of female […] in her womb […] the Son of God […] the All-Hearing, All knowing […] in defiance of the lameness of the father (Joseph) […] shed protection from Satan”
– excerpt from Al-Shayed manuscripts
Mary the she-male
In the texts, Mary is sometimes described under the guise of a man, sometimes under the guise of a woman.
“The texts are very confusing. It is written as if the writer is not certain which sex Mary really is” explains professor of archeology, Dr. Hussein Amhanijad.
“She is sometimes described as a man with breasts, sometimes as a strong, muscular and virile bearded woman. There is also a passage where she is said to be ‘peeing standing amongst the men’, it is all very perplexing,” he admits.
Joseph the lame
According to the new study, Joseph, the father of Jesus, is said to be ‘lame’, in the sense of defective or improper to procreate.
“It seems Joseph was infertile or not inclined towards heterosexuality at all… Although the manuscripts do not delve much into this matter, one chapter hints that he may have had an interest in men or even in little boys,” he explains.
“It is said that Joseph was very kind to all, but especially to young children, especially boys, with whom he would ‘lay down’ and ‘play amongst the bushes’ for hours at a time,” he adds, quoting the manuscripts.
Although parthenogenesis or asexual reproduction in the animal kingdom is common to many living species, modern cases of hermaphrodite human parthenogenesis are extremely rare. One of the most recent cases is that of a Filipino woman who gave birth to a set of hermaphrodite twins through asexual reproduction.