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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
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1500-year-old gospel kept in Ankara excites Vatican, report claims

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23 February 2012, Thursday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM
The Vatican has requested that Turkey allow it to examine a 1500-year-old copy of an apocryphal gospel that was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation in 2000 and handed over to the Ankara Ethnography Museum, the Turkish Bugün daily reported on Thursday.

The daily said the document is reportedly written in Aramaic, the language Jesus is thought to have spoken, and is said to be worth TL 40 million. According to the report, the document was seized from a gang smuggling artifacts during a police operation in southern Turkey in 2010 and reportedly preserves its originality and many traces of the period it's from.

The gang was reportedly convicted of smuggling various items seized during the operation, including the text, and all the artifacts were kept in a safe in the Ankara Courthouse. The document, which was reportedly kept in the courthouse for years, was only recently handed over to the care of Ankara Ethnography Museum.

The leather-bound text is written on leather sheets and is now under protection as it is regarded as a valuable cultural asset. Even a Xerox copy of pages from the book is reported to be worth as much as TL 3-4 million.

Another Turkish daily, the Star, has claimed that it may be a copy of the much-debated Gospel of Barnabas, which Muslims claim is an original gospel that was later suppressed. The oldest existent copies of this gospel date back to the 16th century and are written in Italian and Spanish. However, the Gospel of Barnabas is not included in the four gospels that currently comprise the canonical New Testament -- Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The Gospel of Barnabas contradicts the canonical New Testament account of Jesus and his ministry, but has strong parallels with the Islamic view of Jesus. Much of its content and themes parallel Islamic ideas and it includes a prediction by Jesus of the Prophet Muhammad coming to earth.

 
 
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Oh PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THIS TO THE VATICAN.....it is safer in the museum....have the Vatican send it's interested parties to the museum to review!
Laurie
Even if this bible is proved to be true
magdy
Interesting repeat of history. First, the Army finds the Gospel of Barnabas in 1986, a claim that was later retracted but the retraction was not made public knowledge. Now, we have a new claim to the same Gospel. Not Matthew , Mark, Luke or John but Barnabas. What is the reason? http://www.lukemont...
Luke Montgomery
An explosive and courageous novel - a first of its kind - addresses this very issue and the Muslim, especially Turkish, obsession with the Gospel of Barnabas. If you're looking for a good read, this meticulously researched book by Islamic expert Luke Montgomery will keep you on the edge of your seat...
Luke Montgomery
Dear All Assalam-o-Alekum It is great work don by Turks, Unconquerable Turks did always good job for Islam. I afraid that CIA and Mosad can damage this 1500-year-old gospel to prove it wrong. May Allah give us more courage to do some thing for ISLAM. Regards! A.K Mohsin SR Reporter Apna news Karach...
A.K Mohsin
I am sure the Vatican has already got a copy of the Barnabas Gospel, but they are deliberately hiding the truth.
Max
Dear friends, I am a language instructor with concentration in teaching and courses in linguistics from the U.S. As a matter of fact, I can also read the last three lines of this script, because it is written in my mother tongue; modern Assyrian. What I can see on top of this page is written in Aram...
Ramon
The so called gospel of Barnabas (published by many Muslim Groups) is fake. For more details, pl. visit www.answering-islam.org/gilchrist/barnabas.html
sebsite
barnabas was one of the of the ten deciples of jesus, He is the only one to save the gospels of jesus in original form from saint paul"s new theories about christianity. He confronted paul"s theory of Trinity,reedemption and other new ideas. so He was ex communicated and banished by paul. Legen...
rahman
The Vatican, for example, is said to have the largest repository of Hebrew manuscripts in the world, accumulated over the centuries as a result of church-inspired pogroms and persecutions. These include early medieval copies of the works of Maimonides and Rabbi Jacob ben Asher, along with some of th...
joe
This is written in modern syriac also known as Assyrian. I am an Assyrian from N.Z and even I can make out the first few words which state "Bshimit Maran Payesh Kthewa...' which translates 'In the name of the father, it shall be writen..' I cant make out the rest due to the angle of the picture its ...
Phil
"Another Turkish daily, the Star, has claimed that it may be a copy of the much-debated Gospel of Barnabas" But on what GROUNDS do they claim this? We have never before had any hint that it was even written in Aramaic or Syriac. On the contrary: as Wikipedia reports (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go...
Matt J.
not real
jesus
Neither the Vatican nor Turkey should get too excited, though scholars will be pleased that a Syriac manuscript has been recovered from the hands of thieves. Even from this little photo it's clear that the manuscript is written in Eastern (Church of the East, aka Nestorian) script, which certainly d...
Alison
i'm so proud to be one of the people that can read those word i'm an Assyrian from Iran
josephine
I'm guessing many people have not actually read the Gospel of Barnabas. Anyone who has done a cursory study of the text knows that its authenticity is questionable--to say the least. Consider, for example, the fact that it says the Jubilee occurs every 100 years and that it refers to Muhammad as the...
Naphtali
THIS SHOULD BE SHOW TO THE WORLD AS THERE MANY RELIGIONS WHO WOULD LOVE TO DIG INTO THIS WONDERFUL PIECE OF HISTORY AND SEE IF THERE IS TRUTH OR LIES TO THE WAY OF LIFE WE AS AMERICANS WERE BROUGHT BELIEVING IN . I AM A GOD FEARING MAN AND ALLWAYS INTERESTED IN THE TRUTH WHAT EVER IT MAYBE . SENCE...
IOTIS GROSS
It's a fake. I've seen a few of these hyped and touted around the place. The lettering is a far later style, and was probably done with a gold marker pen.
Gareth Hughes
This may be of interest, however, aren't we all missing the point of Christianity....Jesus teachings? The Sermon on the Mount is the meaning of Christianity and Jesus teachings. Everything else pales.
silask
That Bible is a book that belongs to the Syriac Orthodox Church and the church clergy and our books were burned in the Assyrian Genocide of 1915. How did this book end up in the hands of muslim Turks? They should return it as they should return all other books and sacred items they stole in 1915 to ...
Sargon
Dear Turks don't worry we CHRISTIANS don't hesitate in our Faith in our Religion of Truth and Peace, and we don't need Turkish coordinators, by the way in order not to look so childish, just think it was found in 2000 , and do you think if your government could find anything there contradic...
Proud to be CHRISTIAN
How christian monks forget to burn this copy of Bible..? :) They burnt millions of copies of true and falsified Bibles.. They wrote new holy! books with their own hands.. They sold their true religion for the world life like jews..!
Turkcan
Indeed a priceless item to all monotheistic faiths and to the world. I hope Turkey can safe guard against smuggeling such historical artifacts. When I visited Topkapi palace, despite camaras and recorders being prohibited, many people had improvised secret ways of recoding the historical artifacts. ...
Metin
"Much of its content and themes parallel Islamic ideas and it includes a prediction by Jesus of the Prophet Muhammad coming to earth". Yes and it tell all the Christians to convert to Islam during the 7th century. There is one thing puzzling, though, if Jesus himself predicts the coming of the Proph...
Baris
This is huge! if this is the original copy then this the biggest find ever since the revelation of the Quran. I hope proper carbon dating is done and aramaic is translated. We know the original bible was in Aramaic and is words of Allah to Jesus(pbuh)
mehmet
The VATICAN wants to examine the Bible? It rightfully belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, still in Istanbul, with Bartholomew I the Ecumenical Patriarch of the world's Orthodox Christians. Justinian's Church of the Hagia Sofia (Holy Wisdom of God) was the Patriarchal Cathedral...
alexandermagnus
This is great news, I hope that all Charistian world will see the truth and accept Hz. Muhammed (PUH) as the mentioned, long waited Messenger in the authentic Bible. Here is a verse from Quran. (Verse Maide 82) You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers [to...
ibrahim
How can they say that it is worth 40 million? It is not that there are sold that money books which are 1500 years old every year. And why would anyone pay 4 million for a xerox copy? Why not just make another one for 20 lira?
Curiousi
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