An ancient manuscript called The Lost Gospel tells the story of Jesus’s two sons and his marriage to Mary Magdalene.
Jesus Christ did not die on the cross, he had married Mary Magdalene, and the happy couple had two children by the time Christ was crucified. The shocking revelation comes from a lost ‘Gospel’ dating back to 570 AD and written in Syriac — a Middle Eastern literary language used between the 4th and 8th centuries and related to Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus.
The manuscript dating back to 570 AD (above) is written in Syriac — a Middle Eastern literary language used between the 4th and 8th centuries and related to Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus
Written on vellum — treated animal skin — it had been in the archives of the British Library for about 20 years. The British Museum had originally bought it in 1847 from a dealer who said he had obtained it from the ancient St Macarius Monastery in Egypt.
For the past 160 years, the document has been studied by a few scholars but has been considered pretty unremarkable. But after six years of study by Simcha Jacobovici, an Israeli-Canadian film-maker, and Barrie Wilson, a professor of religious studies, a missing fifth gospel was found.
Jesus revealing himself to Mary Magdalene after the resurrection in painting by Antonio Allegri da Correggio titled Noli me Tangere. It has been claimed that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married
The researchers are convinced they’ve uncovered a missing fifth gospel — to add to the four gospels, which tell the story of the life of Christ and are said to have been written by the evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, in the 1st century AD.
Jacobovici believes that his ‘lost gospel’ proves that Jesus must have a wife. He says: “Jesus is called a “rabbi” in the gospels. And a rabbi, to this day, in order to have a congregation and a ministry, has to be married. If he’s going to lead a congregation, he’s got to be a model for that congregation. In the first century, you reach manhood — you get married.”
To emphasise his belief that Mary of Magdalene was Jesus’s wife, he describes her decision to visit his body on the Sunday after the Crucifixion. “The gospels told us why she went there — to wash and anoint his body. She’s just a follower and yet she’s going to unwrap his naked body? Women do not wash rabbis or male bodies. Only males do it — unless you are the man’s wife.”
And so, could centuries of Christian teaching be wrong and that Jesus was a husband and father? If true, this would make it the greatest revelation into the life of Jesus in nearly 2,000 years. The theory is based on the claims that this ‘lost’ gospel and the ‘encrypted’ story of Jesus’s marriage was the work of a group of persecuted Christians and apparently disappeared from public view around 325 AD.