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Mar-02-2012 13:16printcomments

'Jesus Predicted Coming of Prophet Mohammed' in Bible Found in Turkey

Muslims claim the text, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, is an addition to the original gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

The text is said to contain Jesus’ prediction of the Prophet’s coming but was suppressed by the Christian Church for years for its strong resemblance to the Islamic view of Jesus.
The text is said to contain Jesus’ prediction of the Prophet’s coming but was suppressed by the Christian Church for years for its strong resemblance to the Islamic view of Jesus. Courtesy: Al Arabiya

(DUBAI, UAE) - A 1,500-year-old Bible in which Jesus is believed to have foretold the coming of the Prophet Mohammed to Earth has attracted attention from the Vatican this week.

Pope Benedict XVI has reportedly requested to see the book, which has been hidden in Turkey for the last 12 years, according to the Daily Mail.

The text, reportedly worth $22 million, is said to contain Jesus’ prediction of the Prophet’s coming but was suppressed by the Christian Church for years for its strong resemblance to the Islamic view of Jesus, Turkish culture and tourism minister Ertugrul Gunay told the newspaper.

“In line with Islamic belief, the Gospel treats Jesus as a human being and not a God. It rejects the ideas of the Holy Trinity and the Crucifixion and reveals that Jesus predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammed,” the newspaper reported.

“In one version of the gospel, he is said to have told a priest: ‘How shall the Messiah be called? Mohammed is his blessed name.’

“And in another, Jesus denied being the Messiah, claiming that he or she would be Ishmaelite, the term used for an Arab,” the newspaper added.

According to the report, Muslims claim the text, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, is an addition to the original gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

St. Barnabas is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Church, an early Christian later named an apostle.

Gunay said the Vatican has officially requested to see the book, which Turkey had discovered during a police anti-smuggling operation in 2000.

The gang was reportedly convicted of smuggling various items seized during the operation, including the Bible, and all the artifacts were kept in a safe at an Ankara courthouse.

It remained closely guarded by authorities before being handed over to the Ankara Ethnography Museum where it will soon be put on show.

A photocopy of a single page from the leather-bound, gold-lettered book, penned in Jesus’ native Aramaic language is reportedly worth about $2.4 million.

But skepticism over the authenticity of the ancient handwritten manuscript has arisen.

Protestant pastor İhsan Özbek has said this version of the book is said to come from the fifth or sixth century, while St. Barnabas had lived in the first century as one of the Apostles of Jesus.

“The copy in Ankara might have been written by one of the followers of St. Barnabas,” he told the Today Zaman newspaper.

“Since there is around 500 years in between St. Barnabas and the writing of the Bible copy, Muslims may be disappointed to see that this copy does not include things they would like to see … It might have no relation with the content of the Gospel of Barnabas,” Özbek added.

But suspicions could soon be laid to rest.

The real age of the Bible could soon be determined by a scientific scan, theology professor Ömer Faruk Harman told the Daily Mail, possibly clarifying whether it was written by St. Barnabas or a follower of his.

(Written by Eman El-Shenawi)

Special thanks to Al Arabiya

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/02/26/197060.html





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Idris March 9, 2012 8:25 am (Pacific time)

1st Mr. or Mrs. editor I commend you on your strength and patience. Because you held your composure with these  two prejudice clowns. The thing I utterly can't tolerate is ignorance and if anonymous pick up more than one boo every ten years he would be better informed on what Islam was. This Jay character is a prejudice fool.


Anonymous March 3, 2012 6:02 pm (Pacific time)

I find it bizzare that anyone could say muslims and Christians have very much in common in any significant way. Simply make a list how muslims treat women and gays as a start. Then if you want to go on from there, well it would be a tough sell for you either on a historical or current level.

Editor: Do you have any idea how prejudice you are?  Nobody alive can paint or portray a religion, 'the Muslims this' or 'the Jews that' or whatever... with a brush, there are tremendous differences in people of a single religion, they all have many branches.  The US is packed with religious zealots who want to rob women of their rights, kick Vietnam and Iraq war vets out of the country because their parents moved them here illegally at the age of one or two, yeah and the NDAA, stand up for freedom of religion and don't think yours makes you better than the next guy or you are simply an idiot. 

Then a host of countries that the US does support, are fundamentalist Muslim- like Saudi Arabia, the murderous Zionists in Israel, the war criminal Buddhists in Sri Lanka, it goes on and on.  But only the 'Christian' nation of the US killed a million and a half Iraqis.  Yeah, our public mentality is about like Bush, maybe a 13 or so on the IQ scale, we are surrounded by dumbshits and bigoted idiots who are so damned programmed by US media that there really is no hope for them. 

Someday the peace people will rule the earth and we'll put the haters in reeducation camps, how's that for an answer?  I can't come up with anything better at this point...


Aaron March 3, 2012 7:48 am (Pacific time)

Looks like propaganda and another instance of Muslim tahrif of Scripture: http://www.aina.org/news/2012022916569.htm


Jay March 2, 2012 7:31 pm (Pacific time)

What a load of crap. you fools can't even read Paleo Hebrew. Same thing in that bible is the same bible everyone has today just translated to a different language

Editor: Yeah, start with an insult,  just what I'd expect from someone blabbing a comment like yours, looks like the Muslims and the Christians have a lot more in common than we have been able to prove, until now... Read it and weep Jay


Anonymous March 2, 2012 3:04 pm (Pacific time)

Gee maybe it's true and we all should bend deep at the waist and kiss the same ring Obambi did? How utterly desperate of those who are under the crosshairs.

Editor: We're all one race man, and if you represent people who are anti-Muslim, then you also represent bizarre levels of ignorance.  I think you are within your own crosshairs friend, you have to answer for things like this when you finally kick the bucket and I wouldn't want to be you, 

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