Jesus had wife and children, claims ‘Lost Gospel’ book

A new book has stoked controversy in the already churning cauldron of religious conspiracy theories with its claims that Jesus was married and had two children.

Jesus and Mary are portrayed by actors in a scene from movie The Messiah

Jesus and Mary are portrayed by actors in a scene from movie The Messiah

The Lost Gospel, which is based on ancient religious texts held by the British Library, asserts that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and they had two children.

It also reveals that there was a failed attempt to kill Jesus and the children, and rape Mary Magdalene — although it does not reveal who was behind this heinous ploy on the holy family.

“The book also describes Jesus’s alleged connections to top political figures in the Roman empire such as Emperor Tiberius and his best friend, the soldier Sejanus. In addition, it explains why Jesus was constantly on the move to avoid Herald Antipas,” writes Richard Brooks, The Sunday Times Art Editor.

The controversial book, co-authored by Israeli-Canadian writer and film maker Simcha Jacobovici and religious professor Barrie Wilson, was released last month to a sceptical public and a dismissive clergy.

It has been termed as “speculative” and “allegorical” since the ancient manuscript it is based on does not explicitly mention either Jesus or Mary Magdalene.
The Lost Gospel takes its cue from a new translation of a historical document, The Story of Joseph and Asenath, which was originally written in Syriac — a 1500-year-old language that is believed to have been Jesus’s mother tongue.

While most religious and historical experts think the Syriac manuscript chronicles the life of a Hebrew patriarch named Joseph, authors of The Lost Gospel insist that it is in fact a coded chronology of Jesus’s personal life.

“It returns Jesus to history, it returns Mary Magdalene to the story,” Jacobovici said during the launch of the book at the British Library in London last month.

“Not only is he married — but [the manuscript] celebrates his sexuality. She, his wife, is not just Mrs Jesus; she’s actually a goddess. He’s the son of God, she’s the daughter of God.”

HARDLY NEW

While the assertions that Jesus may have been a husband and father might seem blasphemous to many Christians, they are hardly new.

And although accounts of Jesus’s personal life have over the years been documented in several religious texts and, therefore, have long been studied by religious scholars, it was not until 1953 that these assertions exploded into public domain when a Greek author published a book exploring the theme of Jesus’s marriage.

“In 1953, Nikos Kazantzakis’ book — The Last Temptation of Christ — made the same suggestion, but it stated that their marriage occurred after Christ was taken down from the cross. In 1988, Martin Scorcese made a film of the same name,” writes Brooks in the November 9 edition of The Sunday Times.

However, it was not until Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code in 2006 that the world really took notice of the possibility that Jesus might have had a life that was not documented in the Bible.

In his best-seller, Brown’s central plot is that Christ was married to Mary Magdalene, and that their bloodline was continued in the Merovingian kings of France. The book claims that Jesus’s descendants live on even today, but their identity is protected by a secret organisation known as the Priory of Scion.

The book’s central theme is that Mary Magdalene is herself divine because she carries Jesus’s bloodline, but that the church has for centuries worked to erase all evidence of her sacred nature, even going to the extent of depicting her as a prostitute in the Bible.

According to the novel, The Holy Grail, which is thought to be the cup from which Jesus drank during the Last Supper, is in fact an allegorical allusion to Mary Magdalene.

More intriguing is the book’s assertion that while the church has for centuries fought to hide this bit of information and has gone as far as murdering those that might propagate an alternative Gospel to what is written in the Bible, evidence of Jesus’s union with Magdalene lives on and is hidden in plain sight in famous works of both old and modern art.

Brown claims that the sacredness of Magdalene has been acknowledged not only in the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, but also in the Walt Disney’s animations, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

HARSH CRITICISM

Brown’s book drew harsh criticism from a section of the clergy who viewed it as an attack on the Church. The film adaptation of the book did not fare any better.

“In the Philippines, which has Asia’s largest Christian population, the City Council of Manila, the capital, passed a resolution banning the film in local theatres. Greek authorities banned the film for viewers under 17, saying it touched on “religious and historical questions of major importance that a minor is not able to evaluate.

An Athens court rejected a religious organisation’s petition for an outright ban, citing freedom of expression,” reported The Washington Post in May 2006.
Vincent Nichols, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Birmingham, England, also castigated the film, telling The Post: “The Da Vinci Code’ gratuitously insults Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, it deliberately presents fiction as fact.”

While Brown’s Da Vinci Code was denounced even by non-religious scholars for peddling historical and scientific inaccuracies, The Lost Gospel might endure a better fate due to the strength of the work it is based on.

“What makes this book in principle more significant is that it is based on a manuscript known as The Ecclesiastical History of Zacharias Rhetor (of Mytilene), which has been with the British Museum and then the British Library for nearly 170 years. It was purchased originally by the British Museum in 1847 before being transferred to the British Library about 20 years ago,” The Sunday Times reports.

That has, however, not managed to convince the book’s critics of the veracity of its claims. The Sunday Times reported that when reached for comment, the Church of England said, “It seems another text is discovered every year as a ‘lost gospel”. This book appears to share more with Dan Brown than with Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.”

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Achawa
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Anena za Bokho haram apa? Umenewo ndiye umbuliwo.

big thought
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Mabuku enawa angofuna kupezerapo ndalama osati chiphunzitso. Amene akutero ndi aja akuti amuna kapena akazi azikwatirana okhaokha, kodi anganene zabwino za Yesu? Chenjerani ndi aneneri onyengawa. Yesu ndi mwana wa Mulungu oyenda pa madzi ndipo obweretsa mtendere osati za Boko Haram, ICC, Akhaida

Ine Ndemwe
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Who cares

Chenda
Guest

It is important to consider the word of God which says man should not add anything to his scripture or reduce anything form the the scripture as potrayed by the new book that has been written and is misleading.

mwenecho
Guest

If really Jesus got married, then the only worry would be the silence of the same in the Bible and not the marriage itself. H. Kamdidi has spoken my stand and has done it well. If Jesus could feel pain, disappointment, anger and all other human emotions, what would be strange with his conjugal emotions? But the fact remains that his life on earth had to do with salvific conduit to the world. Religious literature bears that witness and so does history.

H Kamdidi
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Personally I do not care whether Jesus was married or not as this doesn’t change my belief in him as God’s son. After all doesn’t the scriptures tell us that he came on earth as human. So there is no harm if he was married, and we know that he could feel hungry that is why he was eating and he could feel pain during the beating he had on the day he was given away by Judas, he could feel thirsty and tiredness as a human being. So being human it is possible that he got married but the… Read more »
Hope
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eish. the book just want to mess up peoples heard its for the publication, fame and money

wachabechabe
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shame on devil you can not defile what GOD has creaned jesus is holly he never change he shall remain faithfull to GOD. lost gospel and the auther must go to hell in jesus name

Reasonable Man
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boriiiiiing. join the club of the 1000 something other books claiming that Jesus was married. who cares if he was, anyway?

Inenso
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Tizazindikira zonse pa tsogolo. In meantime, we can argue all we want. Koma in the end, when this life is over, all will be made clear.

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