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Vatican Officially Asks Turkey For Access to 1,500 Year Old Bible

1500 year old bible

Turkey confirmed on Friday that they were in possession of a bible dating back more than 1,5000 years. Reportedly the Vatican has made an official request of the Turkish government to examine the bible.

The Bible was seized from a gang in Turkey last year and was among a batch of historical artifacts within the gang’s possession. The gang members have been convicted of smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations, and the possession of explosives.

Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay said on Thursday that the government of Turkey has received the bible from the courthouse. He expects that the Bible will be restored and then put on display.

The Bible is supposedly written in Aramaic which is the language that Jesus and his followers used.

The leather bible is written on sheets of animal skin and has an approximate value of $25 million dollars. Officials estimate that even photocopies of the Bible will be worth a few million dollars.

There are reports that the Bible is a copy of The Gospel of Barnabas. The Gospel of Barnabas has a radically different view of Jesus and his followers. In the Gospel of Barnabas Jesus is referred to as a prophet but not the Son of God. It is also regarded by Muslims as the most complete record of Jesus and is believed to make reference to the coming of the Prophet Muhammad.

İhsan Özbek, a Turkish Protestant pastor, told Today’s Zaman,

“The copy in Ankara might have been written by one of the followers of St. Barbanas and since there is around 500 years in between St. Barnabas and the writing of the Bible copy [in Ankara], Muslims may be disappointed to see that this copy does not include things they would like to see and it might have no relation with the content of the Gospel of Barnabas,”

Authorities are excited that regardless of its content the Bible is one of the oldest written records of the Ministry of Jesus.

Would you be excited to see the 1500 year old bible on display?

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8 Responses to “Vatican Officially Asks Turkey For Access to 1,500 Year Old Bible”

  1. Shannon Johnson

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  2. Anonymous

    They call it a Bible, but say that it's a gospel of Barnabas. But, then say that it was written by a follower of Barnabas 500 years after the New Testament texts were written… I think this story is hog wash. For one thing… If it is just a copy of a gospel that was not included in the bible means that it is not worth the anything, let alone 25 million bucks. It's garbage… The only things you need to know about Jesus's life can be found in the 4 gospels. And sorry but, the gospel of Barnabas obviously didn't make the cut.

  3. Anonymous

    Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) never invented any new religion. Islam means submission, Muslim means someone who submits his/her will to God. All the prophets of God (From Adam to prophet Muhammed) were submitting their will to God. That means they were Muslims. But later Christians invented the idea of Trinity and made Jesus (PBUH) himself to be God. None of the prophets (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammed, peace be upon them all) ever taught the idea of Trinity or claimed divinity. To accept the truth, we need sincerity.

  4. Anonymous

    Sooner or later truth will surface. Those who are sincere can easily accept the truth, others cannot. There is no "your version or our version of truth". Concept of Trinity was thrown out from certain versions of the bible. Can we make addition and subtractions in God's words and still believes it is the words of God!

  5. Sevent Ofallah

    you don't need the gospel of Barnabas to know that Islam is true read mark 10 18 (Jesus denies being god) or read john 1 19-22 where the Jews ask john the baptist who he is. there are three they are waiting for. Elias, the messiah, and that prophet. what prophet do you know of that came after Jesus.

  6. Sevent Ofallah

    you fail to understand why the find it important. you see for years the church has said the gospel was a fake made in the 16th century. this book would be from the 5 century and would take place at a time where it would not be able to be faked. over night it would mean the end of the church and there lies.