1500 Year Old Bible Confirms That Jesus Christ Was Not Crucified-Fiction!
1500 Year Old Bible Confirms That Jesus Christ Was Not Crucified–Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A 1,500 year old gold lettered book alleged to be the “Gospel of Barnabas” has surfaced in Turkey. It is made up of loosely-tied leather and written in Aramaic, the language of Israel during the time of Jesus Christ. The book is alleged to say that Judas Iscariot took the place of Jesus at the crucifixion. The book claims that Jesus also prophesied the coming of Muhammad.
An ancient book was “rediscovered” in Ankara, Turkey, in 2000 after authorities captured a smuggling ring in the Mediterranean, according to a February 23, 2012, article by the National Turk news service. This rare find is a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas that has been appraised to be worth $28 million. The text does mention that Judas took the place of Jesus on the Cross and mentions Muhammad, but the book is not a bible, nor is it considered part of biblical canon.
The article said the manuscript was actually written in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, which was the native language of Jesus. Once a common language used throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, Syrian Christians in India, as well as a village near Damascus, are the remaining few who have managed to keep it alive. It is also “still used in religious rituals of Maronite Christians in Cyprus.”
The original texts of all books from the the New Testament were written in Greek, not Aramaic. Old Testament books were written in Hebrew, with the exception of portions of Daniel, Ezra and one verse in Jeremiah, which were written in Aramaic.
The article said that eight years after the trial of the gang of smugglers, who were “charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives,” the ancient manuscript was transferred to the Ankaran Ethnography Museum.
The National Turk reported, “Experts were however divided over the provenance of the manuscript, and whether it was an original, which would render it priceless, or a fake.” The Vatican also sent a formal request to inspect the manuscript.
According to a March 4, 2012, article by Vatican Insider, a branch of the daily newspaper La Stampa, the ”discovery is probably a hoax, the work of a forger who, according to some, could have been a European Jewish scholar from the Middle Ages.” The article said that the “most factual criticisms have come from the Syriacs,” and that those who speak modern Assyrian would not have any difficulty reading this manuscript. Language experts detected “obvious and quite significant” errors in grammar and concept that could rule out authenticity for such an ancient religious document.
Today’s Bible consists of 66 books written by 40 authors and is divided into the Old and New Testaments. This version is commonly used by most Protestant denominations. The Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Bibles contains the same books, plus the deuterocanonical books. These additional books are Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch, parts of Esther and parts of Daniel. The Protestants call these books the Apocrypha, which may be studied, but are not regarded as canon.
There are also a group of Gnostic gospels, which are not considered part of the canon by neither Protestants nor Catholics. These are a collection of approximately 52 different texts, the most famous being the sayings of the Gospel of Thomas.
According to the Moody Handbook of Theology, in order for a text to be considered canonical, there are four basic measuring criteria that must be answered:
Apostolicity. Was the text written by an apostle or by someone who had a connection with one of the apostles?
Acceptance. Did the church at large accept the book?
Content. Had the book been accepted as orthodox teaching, and did it reflect consistency with existing doctrine?
Inspiration. What was the quality of inspiration reflected by the book?
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
1500 YEAR OLD BIBLE CONFIRMS THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS NOT CRUCIFIED – VATICAN IN AWE
Much to the dismay of the Vatican, an approx. 1500-2000 year old bible was found in Turkey, in the Ethnography Museum of Ankara. Discovered and kept secret in the year 2000, the book contains the Gospel of Barnabas – a disciple of Christ – which shows that Jesus was not crucified, nor was he the son of God, but a Prophet. The book also calls Apostle Paul “The Impostor”. The book also claims that Jesus ascended to heaven alive, and that Judas Iscariot was crucified in his place.
A report by The National Turk says that the Bible was seized from a gang of smugglers in a Mediterranean-area operation. The report states the gang was charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations, and the possession of explosives. The books itself is valued as high as 40 Million Turkish Liras (approx. 28 mil. Dollars). Man, where is the Thieves Guild, when you need them?
According to reports, experts and religious authorities in Tehram insist that the book is original. The book itself is written with gold lettering, onto loosely-tied leather in Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ. The text maintains a vision similar to Islam, contradicting the New Testament’s teachings of Christianity. Jesus also foresees the coming of the Prophet Muhammad, who would found Islam 700 years later.
It is believed that, during the Council of Nicea, the Catholic Church hand-picked the gospels that form the Bible as we know it today; omitting the Gospel of Barnabas (among many others) in favor of the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Many biblical texts have begun to surface over time, including those of the Dead Sea and Gnostic Gospels; but this book especially, seems to worry the Vatican.
The Catholic Church wants in
What does this mean to Christian-derived religions and their followers? Quite a tight spot. The Vatican has asked Turkish authorities to let them examine the contents of the book within the Church. Now that the book has been found, will they come to accept the it and its evidence? Will they deny it altogether? Call it a “Muslim lie”, as did the “Truth” Magazine, in 2000? To many, this book is a beacon of hope, that believers soon realize that the object of their adoration is arbitrary; and that all text, especially religious text, is subject to interpretation.
What does this mean to atheists/agnostics/secular thinkers? Is the text real? Fake? Does it matter? Hopefully, this news inspires the religious to ask questions, instead of pointing fingers or believing anything blindly. Please, don’t go poking fun or tossing around the “I told you so!”s. The biggest danger of faith is when people believe what they want to believe, defending against any and all evidence; especially when that evidence revolutionizes their foundation from the ground up. And the biggest culprit to that danger is the ego trap: rejecting/criticizing others, for being unlike you. For centuries, the “defense” of blind faith has driven nations to war, violence, discrimination, slavery and to become the society of automatons that we are today; and for just as long, it has been justified with lies. If you know better, act like it.
Thanks for your time.
Now… how do we figure out Jesus’ real birth date? :]