The foundations of Christianity could be shaken by translations of the Gospel of Barnabas, discovered in Turkey in 2000, which claims Jesus was mortal and never crucified.
During an anti-smuggling operation in Turkey the Gospel of Barnabas was discovered, a 1,500 -year-old hand-written text which analysts believe is an addition to the original gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.
Alarabiya reported that translated quotes from text, written in Syriac, state Jesus said : “I confess before heaven, and call to witness everything that dwells upon the earth, that I am a stranger to all that men have said of me, that I am more than man.
“For I am a man, born of a woman, subject to the judgment of God; that live here like as other men, subject to the common miseries.”
The text also states that it was Judas Iscariot who was crucified, not Jesus, and that Jesus predicted the coming of Prophet Mohammed.
RT reported the Iranian Basij Press said Tehran stated “The discovery of the original Barnabas Bible will now undermine the Christian Church and its authority and will revolutionize the religion in the world."
The authenticity of the text has been called into question as some claim it could have been written in the fifth or sixth century, rather than by Saint Barnabas in the first century, while others claim it could be a fake. However, Belle News reported "Turkish culture and tourism minister Ertugrul Gunay said the book could be an authentic version of the Gospel, which was suppressed by the Christian Church for its strong parallels with the Islamic view of Jesus."
Turkish authorities have kept the book, valued at $22 million, closely guarded. It is about to go on display at the Ankara Ethnography Museum.