Where in the Bible does Paul likely refer to his own wife? If so, was she martered, or did she divorce him? Are these answers in the Bible and histories? According to historians of the Body of. Messiah, yes, Paul had a wife. Dig in: Celibacy was not normative in the Jewish community (and yes, Paul was Jewish), nor was it so among believers in Jesus until long after Rome became the center of the Christian world.