5 of 5 stars
My version: Audiobook
Non Fiction Biblical archaeology
The mystery of a newly translated “gospel” – filled with startling revelations and fascinating detail about the life and times of Jesus – is now revealed in this ground-breaking follow-up to the New York Times bestseller ‘The Jesus Family Tomb.‘
Waiting to be rediscovered in the British Library is an ancient manuscript from early Christianity, copied by an anonymous monk. This document is at least 1,450 years old, possibly dating to the first century, but it has never been properly translated or decoded. Until now.
Working with an expert team of translators and digital imaging experts, acclaimed authors Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson provide the first-ever translation, from Syriac into English, of this unique document, which tells the inside story of Jesus’ social, family and political life.
The Lost Gospel takes readers on an unparalleled historical adventure through this paradigm-shifting text. What the authors eventually discover is as astounding as it is unexpected: the confirmation of Jesus’ marriage to Mary the Magdalene; the names of their two children; a previously unknown plot on Jesus’ life more than a decade prior to the crucifixion; an attempt to abduct Mary and kill the children; the politics behind the crucifixion; and a religious movement that antedates that of Paul’s – the Church of Mary the Magdalene.
Part detective story, part modern adventure, The Lost Gospel reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for millennia. Jacobovici and Wilson’s surprising discovery and vigorous scholarly research position this ancient text alongside the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic writings as a pillar of our evolving understanding of the historical Jesus.
Right, straight off, let’s keep this objective. The ‘shocking’ part. No, not really. Not if you’ve had your eyes, ears and mind open for most of your adult life. Shocking maybe, if you’re a mid-west American ‘Christian’ I’ll admit, but then, they don’t really count as thinking people, now do they? Not recently – not since November 2016 anyway.
I think most rational people, would be fairly up-to-date with the possibility, at least, that Jesus was married and married to Mary Magdalene, whether it says so in the Bible or not. And that’s the funny thing, because, as this book points out, there is evidence in the actual Bible, the Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Bible, to show that Jesus was married and married to Mary Magdalene. However, because that evidence isn’t in the form of “And lo! Jesus said I do, and Mary said I do and the priest said ‘I now declare you (Son of) man and wife,” it does give all the ‘call this number and pledge money now Christians,’ wiggle room. The Catholic church would just stay silent on this sort of thing, theirs’ isn’t this, original Christianity anyway, so they could remain unaffected.
This book is about evidence from the early Christian church, the church started – or continued, depends on how you look at it – by Jesus and his disciples, brothers and people who knew him, heard him and believed in his words. This book is about interpreting the text of a 1,450-year old manuscript, which was found, forgotten in the British Library. It’s written in Syriac, a later form of Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, and includes a text about about ‘the Story of Joseph and Aseneth.’
The book deals with an absolutely exhaustive, fascinating, dissection and discussion about the Joseph and Aseneth text. It looks at the text, from every imaginable angle. It puts the theories to the test, mentions the arguments for, and discusses away the arguments against. It is a detective story in part, a theological discourse in another part. Personally, while the above description doesn’t exactly make it sound the most accessible and/or tempting of books, I found it spell-bindingly fascinating. Simcha has a good style of writing, which sets things out very clearly and then turns and twirls the argument around, allowing any possible doubt to also come in and have its day. Even the really theological point of a needle stuff is made easily readable. What I perhaps found most interesting, was the history of the early Christian church. The Christianity, as I said, that was the first Christianity, before Paul got hold of it (remember, he never met, or knew Jesus) and twisted it out of all recognition – even to Jesus himself I suspect – and thoroughly stamped out the ‘competing’ but original Christian ideas and teachings.
I did have reservations at certain points, but then at some time or other in the book, all those reservations were satisfied. If you want a really objective look at early Christianity and the real message of the historical Jesus, then you really need to read one of the Simcha Jacobovici books.
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