Vatican Requests 1,500-Year-Old Syriac Bible Held In Turkey

The Huffington Post reports:

The Vatican has allegedly issued an official request to examine a 1,500-year-old Bible that has been held in Turkey for the past 12 years, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

The Bible reportedly contains early teachings of Jesus Christ and is written in gold lettering on animal hide in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, which was the native tongue of Jesus.

According to a report by National Turk, the Bible was seized from a gang of smugglers in a Mediterranean-area operation. The report states the gang was charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations, and the possession of explosives.

Today’s Zaman reports that the Bible is under high security and that a Turkish daily newspaper, the Star, claims the book could be a copy of the Gospel of Barnahas — a controversial text which Muslims claim is an addition to the original gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — that was suppressed.

In it, Jesus is said to have predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad.

Due to its value as a cultural and religious artifact, even photocopies of the pages could be worth between 3 and 4 million Turkish Lira, or about 1,703,233 U.S. dollars.

Somehow, I don’t think Turkey will comply.



5 thoughts on “Vatican Requests 1,500-Year-Old Syriac Bible Held In Turkey

  1. The Gospel of Barnabas – yawn!
    Most Imams and Muslim advisors I know (I work in the prison service) are massively embarrassed by this recognised Ottoman forgery. The Turkish love a conspiracy.

  2. I don’t know if it’s real or fake. But there are NO Catholic websites reporting that the Vatican wants to see it. The Peshitta – the Syriac Aramaic Bible – has been used by Syriac Rite Catholics for centuries. Just because someone hand wrote a copy with a false gospel in it really doesn’t effect our faith. One of the most beautiful ancient bibles I’ve seen is heretical. But still beautiful. The Codex Argentus – or Silver Bible – was written by a Goth Catholic Bishop for the conversion of the Goths. Sadly, he was taken by the Arian heresy. But the Goths changed when they hit Spain. The Mosarabic Rite – also called Goth or Visigoth Rite – is still used today.

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