A 1,500 years old secret Bible has been seized from a gang of smugglers in a Mediterranean-area operation in which is revealed Jesus predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth and was never crucified on the cross as commonly believed. Ancient version of the Bible sparked serious interest from the Vatican as it contains the Gospel of Barnabas – a disciple of Christ – and states that Jesus was not only spared his life, but was also just a prophet than the son of God. The book was discovered in the year 2000 and closely guarded until 2010, when it was finally handed over to the Ankara Ethnography Museum, and will soon be put back on public display following a minor restoration.
The £14 million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus‘ native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet’s coming.
Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic once spoken across much of the Middle East and Central Asia. It is used wherever there are Syrian Christians and still survives in the Syrian Orthodox Church in India and a village in the vicinity of Syrian capital Damascus. Aramaic is also still used in religious rituals of Maronite Christians in Cyprus.
A photocopy of a single page from the handwritten ancient manuscript is thought to be worth £1.5million.
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.
According to reports, experts and religious authorities in Tehran insist that the book is original. However, despite the interest in the newly re-discovered book, some believe it is a fake and only dates back to the 16th century. The oldest copies of the book date back to that time, and are written in Spanish and Italian. Nevertheless if it turns out that this is authentic, our entire history of religion would have to be rewritten as the stories we know could not be true.
While the headers of the Catholic church are worried, many are looking at this as good news. It means that they can interpret the Bible as to how they see fit. Would this not lead to wide spread immoral behaviour? It remains to be seen.