The Lost Gospels
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Forget Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (2003), a work of fiction based on 'fact'. Remember that the church of rome crucified the parts of the bible that they said could not be allowed as it contradicted their 'theory' of the way they wished it to be. Jesus was not made divine until about 400 years after his death. Jesus was real, his wife, Mary, was real. But Jesus was, in my opinion, a member of a rebel group known as the Sons of God*. Like the IRA in Ireland in the 20th Century, they comprised of activists and murderers and those seeking a political settlement. There is not evidence at all that Jesus and his group were members of the activists, or terrorist sector. In the copied text below, (written, I believe, by a Victoria Ward) the Church NATURALLY, tries to descibe the translations as Monty Python, alias Life of Brian. But of course they will, all their lies and prefabrication of the bible is thrown into doubt. So which os theory, which is fact? I dont say 100% that the Dead Sea Scrolls are 100% fact but they WERE written by people at the scene, so makes a damn sight more sense than a lying scheming murdering relion called Christianity. The following is about a manuscript that is explained below. Not 'dead sea' but equally as important, apparently it was written AFTER the Roman Church decimated the original bible. The evidence that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were man and wife comes from many differing sources, and it makes sense. Since the birth of Christianity, it has been directly responsible for millions of murders and extreme brutality, no religion can claim any creedence on that bedrock. And the very idea of a 'mere woman' being a co ruler of their religion alongside a 'god' could not be tolerated. I am not an expert and have no religious beliefs on any count, it is just what I believe ......................
Anyway, thats my thoughts, now read on:
Mary Magdalene was a "co-messiah", the wife of Jesus and the mother of his children, according to a translation of an ancient manuscript. The authors of a new book claim that by decoding the manuscript and translating it from the Syriac language, they shed light on the politics leading up to the crucifixion, fill in "significant gaps" about Jesus's life and present him as a "human" who placed importance on family, marriage, love and sex.
Simcha Jacobovici, co-author of The Lost Gospel, said that far from being a prostitute, Mary Magdalene was a woman "of stature" who was revered as a goddess. "It goes way beyond marriage," he said. "It describes (Mary Magdalene) as a co-messiah, co-deity, defender of humanity. "This shows her as the leader of the Gentile (non Jewish) church. She is called the mother of virgins. This text is called the story of Mary Magdalene. It's about her."
However, the Church of England suggested that the book simply added to the wealth of misinformation published about Jesus and had been produced to cash in on a "lucrative income stream" ahead of Christmas.
The Lost Gospel is based on a 29-chapter manuscript dating back to about AD570 that was purchased by the British Museum from an Egyptian monastery in 1847 before being transferred to the British Library some 20 years ago. It is the tale of Joseph, recipient of the famed coat of many colours in the Old Testament, and his wife Aseneth.
The manuscript was translated from Syriac into English by Mr Jacobovici, an Israeli-Canadian investigative journalist, and Barrie Wilson, a professor of religious studies at York University, Toronto. Although the script does not mention Jesus and Mary, they claim that Joseph stands for Jesus and Aseneth for Mary Magdalene. They said the names of their sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, may also be code. The authors said that although the literal story of Joseph and Aseneth is known to experts, "subtleties" were lost when it was translated into Latin and Greek in the 12th century.
By returning to the ancient Syriac, a Middle Eastern literary language from the 4th to 8th centuries, they claimed they were able to read the entire text and decode its meaning. Crucially, they said the manuscript was accompanied by two letters which proved that the person who authorised the translation into Syriac "knew they were taking a great risk". The letters confirm that the manuscript is written in code and contained a "hidden message" about Jesus, they said. One of them had been "mysteriously" cut in half, fuelling suspicions of censorship.
The code was deciphered by American digital imaging experts using state-of-the-art equipment. A form of x-raying enabled them to "see through" every ink smudge to discern the writing. Mr Jacobovici said: "We have not just found a text and put Jesus in as a metaphor. "Christian monks religiously copied this text for hundreds of years. Joseph is called Son of God.The language is very graphic. It says that Joseph, also known as Jesus, had sexual intercourse with Mary Magdalene.
"A story of about Joseph and Aseneth as Israelites would have been of no interest to monks." The Church of England, noting the book's "spurious" claims, referenced a classic Monty Python sketch, stating: "It’s not lost, it’s not a gospel, it’s a very naughty marketing campaign." Revd Arun Arora, director of communications for the Archbishops’ Council, said the most noticeable problem was the lack of mentions of Jesus or of Mary Magdalene in the entire manuscript.
Questioning why the "sensational" book had attracted so much attention, he said: "One uncharitable answer would be to suggest that there is now such a high degree of religious illiteracy in society that people lack the rigour to tackle such spurious claims in the same way they would if the author had written a book saying the moon was made of blue cheese." He said that ever since Dan Brown's bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003, an industry had been constructed in which "conspiracy theorists, satellite channel documentaries and opportunistic publishers had identified a lucrative income stream."
By contrast, the authors likened their "discovery" to that of the Dead Sea Scrolls. They claim it is the first book "to make use of an actual written source" to show that Jesus and Mary were married and had children.
They said the book helped to fill in gaps in Jesus's life by providing insights into his early life, why he had enemies at the most senior levels and what marriage meant to him and his followers. The book also claims there was a previously unknown plot on Jesus's life when he was 20 and an assassination attempt on Mary and her children. The authors said the original manuscript was possibly written in the 1st century, before being repeatedly and religiously copied by Egyptian monks. Mr Wilson said that although scholars had known about it for almost 200 years they “have not known what to make of it”.
In 1953, The Last Temptation of Christ, written by Nikos Kazantzakis, also claimed that Jesus married Mary Magdalene but stated that the union occurred after Christ was taken down from the cross. Martin Scorsese made a film of the same name in 1988. In 2012, a fragment from an ancient Egyptian Coptic document was said to provide evidence that Jesus was married and had a family The document included the words, “Jesus said to them, my wife", and the sentence: "She will be able to be my disciple." It also included the phrases, "My mother gave to me life" and, "Mary is worthy of it".
* The sons of god were such a pain in the side of the Romans that Hadrian sent legions to Judea to eradicate them once and for all. They succeeded. The final stand took place on a hilltop fortified settlement at Masada. There were other conflicts along the way reulting in over a half million dead jews.
Masada (Hebrew for fortress) is a place of gaunt
and majestic beauty that has become one of the Jewish people's greatest
symbols as the place where the last Jewish stronghold against Roman
invasion stood. Masada is located atop an isolated rock cliff at the
western end of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. On the east
side, the rock falls in a sheer drop of about 450 meters to the Dead Sea
and on the western edge it stands about 100 meters above the surrounding
terrain. The natural approaches to the cliff top are very difficult.
The full story of Masada can be found here: