A feminist theologian is claiming that Jesus may have been a hermaphrodite.
Dr. Susannah Cornwall, a professor at Manchester University's Lincoln Theological Institute, wrote in a recent paper that the idea that Jesus was male is "simply a best guess."
She made the comments in response to an ongoing debate in the U.K. over having women bishops in the Church of England.
In her paper, titled "Intersex & Ontology, A Response to The Church, Women Bishops and Provision," she states that it is impossible to know "with any certainty" that Jesus did not have both male and female organs.
On her blog, Cornwall notes that, "About 1 in every 2,500 people is born with an intersex condition which means that their body varies from the typical male or female pattern. It's therefore possible that Jesus – in common with many other people whose sex is never called in question – had a hidden or 'invisible' intersex condition."
She goes on to note in her paper that because of this, "It is not possible to assert with any degree of certainty that Jesus was male as we now define maleness. There is no way of knowing for sure that Jesus did not have one of the intersex conditions."
Cornwall also argues that because Jesus is not known to have had children, this also makes his gender status "even more uncertain."
I think that Professor Cornwall's "argument" can safely be put in the same category as Jesus Seminar silliness.