In the Spotlight|May 07, 2014 12:02 EDT
Gospel of Barnabas Fake? Recently Uncovered Text Draws Questions of Ties Between Jesus and Muhammad
A false ancient "Holy Book" was found, and contains outrageous claims that speak of Jesus being a prophet and a fake crucifixion.
This Bible, which contains "The Gospel of Barnabas," is believed to be between 1500-2000 years old, and was found in Turkey. Within this book, Barnabas also refers to the Apostle Paul as an "Impostor."
According to MoorishHarem, the book also claims that Jesus ascended to Heaven alive and sent Judas Iscariot to be crucified instead.
The report states the book was found and kept a secret since the year 2000. It was recently uncovered when it was seized from smugglers who also took some items from excavations. The National Turk reported the value of the Bible is $28 million.
MoorishHarem reported that experts have authenticated the book, and said it is original. It is written in Aramaic with gold lettering, and is also said to have similar ideals to Islam, and predicts Muhammad.
It was originally thought that The Gospel of Barnabas was not included in the New Testament alongside Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, because it opposes the New Testament and has clear similarities to the Muslim interpretation of Jesus. Barnabas even contains a story in which Jesus predicts the coming of Prophet Muhammad. Muslims believe this original gospel has been suppressed because it promotes Islam.
According to the National Turk, the Vatican requested the book to look at it for themselves and study it, and reportedly were "worried."
Vatican Insider deduced the Bible as a fraud. They were able to translate some of the inscribed text in the beginning of the book, and it read, "In the name of the Lord, this book is written by monks of the high monastery in Nineveh in the 1500th year of our Lord." One of the main problems they saw with this intro is some of the language used. For one, monks would never refer to the Bible as just a "book," but rather a "Holy Book" or "Old and New Testament." There were also a number of grammatical and conceptual errors in the original language.
Another thing the book does is reject the Trinity, and it treats Jesus as a human, reported Vatican Insider.
The Gospel of Barnabas appears to mix facts from both the Bible and the Qur'an all while not fully leaning toward either of them because it gets facts wrong on both accounts. At some points of the text, it makes it seem as Jesus and Muhammad are the same person.
At the end of the Vatican's study they concluded the book was written by a Jewish man in the Middle Ages who was familiar with both Islam and Christianity. In one of the sentences in the book it refers to a unit of measurement in pounds. Vatican Insider, reported that pounds did not become a unit of weight until the Ottoman empire, which helps them date the manuscript at its earliest.
Anytime a piece of scripture claiming to be part of the Bible surfaces, it enters shaky territory. Revelation 22:18-19: "For I testify unto everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, and from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
See picture of the book here.
What do you think of the book of Barnabas? Is it a fake or something that needs to be researched further.