Dating back 1200 years, a newly deciphered Egyptian text reveals an alternative version of events.
Written in the Coptic language, the text tells part of the crucifixion story of Jesus but with some unusual plot twists. According to the text, Jesus had dinner with Pontius Pilate, the man who authorized his crucifixion, before he was crucified. Pontius even allegedly offered to sacrifice his own son in place of him. The text also describes how Jesus possessed the ability to shape-shift and that he had been arrested on a Tuesday evening rather than on a Thursday evening.
It is highly unlikely however that these alternative events actually happened, instead the text is an indication that the people of the time believed them to be true. Even the person who wrote the text might not have believed what he was writing. "The people of that time, even if they were well-educated, did not have a critical historical attitude," explained Roelof van den Broek who published the translation. "Miracles were quite possible, and why should an old story not be true?"
"A newly deciphered Egyptian text, dating back almost 1,200 years, tells part of the crucifixion story of Jesus with apocryphal plot twists, some of which have never been seen before."
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