dailymail.co.uk (news) reports: A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years.
The £14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus’ native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet’s coming.
The leather-bound text, written on animal hide, was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation in 2000.
It was closely guarded until 2010, when it was finally handed over to the Ankara Ethnography Museum, and will soon be put back on public display following a minor restoration.
A photocopy of a single page from the handwritten ancient manuscript is thought to be worth £1.5million.
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.
He also said the Vatican had made an official request to see the scripture – a controversial text which Muslims claim is an addition to the original gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.
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 Muhammad. In one version of the gospel, he is said to have told a priest: ‘How shall the Messiah be called? Muhammad is his blessed name’.
WHO WAS ST BARNABAS?
Born in Cyprus as Joseph, Barnabas was an Early Christian later named an apostle.
His story appears in the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul mentions him in some of his epistles.
The date, place, and circumstances of his death are historically unverifiable.
But Christian tradition states that he was martyred at Salamis, Cyprus.
He is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Church, with his feast day on June 11.
Some say that it is unlikely to be authentic. This is because St Barnabas lived in the first century and was one of the Apostles of Jesus, in contrast to this version which is said to come from the fifth or sixth century.
Protestant pastor İhsan Özbek told the Today Zaman newspaper: ‘The copy in Ankara might have been written by one of the followers of St Barnabas.
‘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.’
Theology professor Ömer Faruk Harman said a scientific scan of the bible may be the only way to reveal how old it really is.
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We as Muslims cannot say more or less than what has been revealed to us through Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam). We believe in ALL the Prophets of God (Allah). Jesus (Eesaa Alayhis Salaam) was a messenger of Allah. “And in their footsteps, We sent ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), confirming the Taurah (Torah) that had come before him, and We gave him the Injeel (Gospel), in which was guidance and light and confirmation of the Taurat (Torah) that had come before it, a guidance and an admonition for the God-fearing“. [Surah Maa-idah, verse 46].
Muslims do not believe that he is the son of God (Allah). Qur-aan brings proofs from Surah Maa-idah… “But the Messiah [‘Iesa (Jesus)] said: “O Children of Israel! Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.”
“Surely, disbelievers are those who said: “God is the third of the three (in a Trinity).” But there is no ilaah (god) (none who has the right to be worshipped) but One Ilaah (God).”
“The Messiah (‘Eesa / Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother (Maryam / Mary) was one in whom no falsehood existed [i.e. she believed in the words of God and His Books (see Verse 66:12)]. They both used to eat food.” (as any other human being, while Allah does not eat).
Jesus (‘Eesaa Alayhis Salaam) was not crucified or killed but raised to the Heavens as the Quraan states “…because of their [the Jews] saying: “We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, God’s messenger” — They slew him not nor crucified, but it appeared so unto them; and Lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain, But God took him up unto Himself. God was ever Mighty, Wise.” (Surah an-Nisaa, verse: 157-158)