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Ancient text tells of 'shape-shifting' Jesus

Posted on Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 | Comment icon 50 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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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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Comment icon #41 Posted by regeneratia on 3 April, 2013, 19:41
However the issue of turning your problems over to gawd and/or Jesus is that there is a physicological and emotional, maybe even spiritual, response to just letting go thinking and worrying about a situation. The Sedona Method is built upon this very premise. So religious does have some redeemable qualities, only if it is NOT used to control a population.
Comment icon #42 Posted by SpiritWriter on 3 April, 2013, 21:39
I agree, I dont know what sedona is so thanks for keying me in to a little research topic.
Comment icon #43 Posted by regeneratia on 3 April, 2013, 23:19
I will get a link. However, I spent $200 for three essential questions: Can you let this issue go? Would you let this issue go? And when would you, could you let this issue go? It is ok if you want to hold on to the emotional impact of the issue. But if you are willing to let it go, there is such an emotional release that you will return to this technique over and over for the rest of your life, IMHO. If you are brave and willing to face whatever is that is lurking inside you, those three questions will remove th... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by SpiritWriter on 3 April, 2013, 23:38
Lol yeah when I looked it up it looked very "marketed"... thanks for sharing. It is important to let things go thats true.... I would have to disagree with you about this being the same as my previous comment about nothing being between us and God though. I understand the correlation of release and the psychological effect of it, but by removing God from it I think it makes it entirely different.
Comment icon #45 Posted by regeneratia on 4 April, 2013, 1:19
And I agree with your statement about not needing a mediator to get to the Source, for we are all co-creators.
Comment icon #46 Posted by JonK on 7 April, 2013, 18:25
this shows how unconvincing texts can be that are outside of the Bible. some common examples are "the mythologies" (greek, roman, norse...)... they seem like they're written by two year olds. i mean Jesus, who was arrested on a tuesday, and who can shape-shift, had dinner with pilate and pilate offered his own son? if the rest of the story is anything like this, then i'm guessing the writer didn't have a clue about what the actual Scripture or other ancient text says on the matters at hand.
Comment icon #47 Posted by third_eye on 8 April, 2013, 0:15
the Bible itself is a 'collection' that is 'accepted' from sources outside itself .... the missing gospels from the current lexicon paints a very different story though no less acceptable ... The Gospel Of Thomas, Phillip, Peter, Mary Magdalene and Judas ...... and THe Sophia of Jesus Nag Hammadi scrolls or the Gnostic Gospels reveals much ... if we're discussing history rather than 'faith'
Comment icon #48 Posted by AlienDan on 8 April, 2013, 2:08
The David Ikers are gona love this...
Comment icon #49 Posted by Paranoid Android on 8 April, 2013, 11:02
The so-called missing gospels are written far too late to be of value. With the possible exception of the Gospel of Thomas (I say "possible" because not all historians agree with the 50AD dating - some argue it to be one of the latest written), the rest of them were written in the 2nd Century AD, and even possibly the 3rd Century AD (contrast this with Mark - 70AD, Matthew 80-90AD, Luke 80-100AD, and even the latest of the canonical gospels, John - 90-125 AD). Add to this that the early church fathers were adamant that there were only four legitimate gospels, and it's obvious ... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by third_eye on 8 April, 2013, 11:12
I'm just interested on the aspects of history and cultural odds and ends of the period, I think there have been some dating adjustments to the scrolls both, Nag Hammadi and the Dead Sea stash, I'm not too interested with the bickering regarding the 'authenticity' of dates or theological opinions regarding translations even. Don't think I'll find a god in there or anywhere that will to show up. I use a few of Elaine H. Pagels like -The Gnostic Paul_ Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters (1992), Elaine Pagels-Beyond Belief_ The Secret Gospel of Thomas-Random House ... [More]

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