His­tory’s sex scan­dals that never were

Mail & Guardian - - Comment & Analysis - JS Smit

Mary and Joseph’s ‘roll in the hay’

Much has been writ­ten about the pre­mar­i­tal ren­dezvous be­tween Mary of Nazareth and long-time boyfriend Joseph, of un­known ori­gin, at the start of the first cen­tury.

Leaked scripts handed to the left­lean­ing rag — The Beth­le­hem Gazette — pur­ported the two lovers to have taken up res­i­dence at an inn with room to spare, but, af­ter view­ing the es­tab­lish­ment’s ameni­ties, de­cided to head to a sta­ble nearby to “roll in the hay”. Mary fell preg­nant, but the con­cep­tion was soon claimed to be im­mac­u­late by the Church and thereby washed of all shame, for there has never been, not be­fore or since, a sex scan­dal in­volv­ing only one.

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