In 1969, Ogden Kraut published the book, “Jesus Was Married.” In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book, we’re sitting down with Anne Wilde and David Patrick. Anne was Ogden’s second wife and typed up the manuscript for Jesus Was Married. She believes Jesus was the groom at the Wedding at Cana.
Anne: If you know Jewish tradition very well, you understand that the parents are the ones who arranged a marriage. They are the hosts of the marriage. So it was very common for a mother or a father of the bridegroom to make sure everything went smoothly. So when Mary went to Jesus and said about the wine, why would she do that unless she was the mother, or the parent of whoever was getting married?
I’d also like to introduce David Patrick, an apostle for Christ’s Church (The Righteous Branch.)
David: My name is David Patrick and I am a member of Christ’s Church, also known as The Branch. We have members in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and a few other states, but we are a small group. We have been active as a faith since 1978, though I have not been involved with that since that time. We go around doing various firesides and talks. The subject matter of Jesus was married, or was Jesus married? … In April of 1978, Gerald Peterson Sr. was requested of the Lord to organize a new church. That was April. Then you’ve got proliferation from that time of its membership. It’s ebbed and it’s flowed in its membership over that time. That’s over 40 years ago now.
The Wedding at Cana is the scene of the first miracle of Jesus where he turns water to wine. They make the case that this wedding Jesus attended is his own wedding. Who did he marry? What scriptures lead them to believe this is Jesus’ own wedding?
Anne: [Jesus] did not live in Cana. So this was not at their home. They lived in Nazareth at the time, or at least Mary did. Then she came over from them. And then it says that shortly after the marriage, in Cana, he went to Capernaum. Well, on the way over there, you have to go through Magdala. You go through Tiberius. Magdala and Copernaum are on the Sea of Galilee. Magdala was where Mary Magdalene was from. And in our study and research, we’ve come to the conclusion that Mary Magdalene was one of his wives. Whether or not that was her wedding to Jesus or Martha and Mary, who we also believe were his wives. We don’t really know who the bride was at this time. Joseph F. Smith said he thought it was Mary and Martha at that wedding.
GT: So Jesus was marrying both of the sisters?
Anne: Yes, at the same time. That was Joseph F. Smith, the sixth president of the church. That was his statement.
David: If you go into the Jewish Encyclopedia, you can also see that. What is the groom’s family in charge of? What are they responsible for? The wine and the meat. And so all of a sudden now with the groom’s family meaning Jesus, fulfilling the Jewish responsibility to provide the wine. So yeah, these are not explicitly saying Jesus was married. I consider them Bible clues. And as we cruise through the Bible, we’re going to find these words little tidbits and clues, but it’s never going to outright say it.
What do you make of Anne and David’s conclusions?