An Egyptian manuscript which is said to date back 1,200 years reveals the story of the crucifixion of Jesus but it does so with some plot twists that are incredible, including the fact that Jesus was a shapeshifter.
The ancient text has revealed why Judas might have used a kiss as a way of betraying Jesus, as it was said that Jesus had the ability to transform his appearance by changing shape.
It was also said in the text that Jesus had the last supper with Pontius Pilate, who ordered the execution of Jesus and who supposedly offered to sacrifice his own son in place of Jesus.
In the newly deciphered manuscript, it was said that Jesus had the ability to be able to change shape when he wanted and the fact that Pontius Pilate was at the last supper defies the times of Easter as it puts the day of the arrest of Jesus as being Tuesday, instead of Thursday.
The translation of the text from Coptic has been shown for the first time in a book by Roelof van den Broek, the professor of History of Christianity in the Netherlands at the Utrecht University.
In the Bible story, it was said that Judas had been the one who agreed to betray Jesus for a sum of money and that he would kiss Jesus on the cheek to reveal him.
However, the papyrus, that has recently been discovered reveals that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were in fact married as man and wife.
MARY MAGDALENE SAID TO BE WIFE OF JESUS
The papyrus was in an 8cm by 4cm fragment and it supports the undercurrent in some Christian thoughts that goes against many centuries of belief that the Messiah was not celibate.
At the middle of the fragment is a phrase when Jesus is talking to disciples that state the words my wife, which the researchers have said is in reference to Mary Magdalene.
It seems that Jesus was defending his wife against criticism and it goes on to say that Jesus wife will be his disciple. In another couple of lines, it says that Jesus told the disciples that he dwells with her.
If the papyrus is found to be genuine it is going to cast a great deal of doubt on the representation that is many centuries old that Magdalene was a repentant whore who overturned Christian ideal of abstaining from sex.
Since the papyrus was found in November of last year there have been many who have said that it is not authentic.
THE JUDAS KISS WAS TO STOP CONFUSION OF ABILITY OF JESUS TO SHAPESHIFT
The text goes on to explain that instead of the kiss by Judas as being a sign of guilt or affection, it was one way of stalling any confusion about the ability of Jesus to be able to shapeshift.
It was said that the Jews had asked how they would arrest Jesus due to the fact that he could change shape.
It was said that sometimes Jesus would be ruddy, sometimes white, and sometimes red or wheat colored.
On occasions, he is an old man, sometimes a youth. Translation: Then the Jews said to Judas: How shall we arrest him [Jesus], for he does not have a single shape but his appearance changes.
Sometimes he is ruddy, sometimes he is white, sometimes he is red, sometimes he is wheat colored, sometimes he is pallid like ascetics, sometimes he is a youth, sometimes an old man…
Some people have not been surprised by the revelation that Jesus was a shapeshifter.
After all, it was said that Jesus could bring the dead back to life, walk on water and feed more than 5,000 using only one loaf of bread and a single fish.
Shapeshifting is not the only superpower that the manuscript attributes to Jesus. It is also reported to say that Jesus could render himself invisible.
JESUS HAD SUPPER WITH PONTIUS PILOT NIGHT BEFORE HIS ARREST
The manuscript is said to claim that the night before Jesus was crucified Jesus was having supper with Pontius Pilate.
Pilate was the one who sentenced Jesus and it said that he had offered his son to be put to death in place of Jesus. However, Jesus declined and went on to say that if he wanted then he could easily escape his fate.
The text said that Pilate looked at Jesus and he could not see him for a long time as he was invisible.
The manuscript then went on to say that later the same night Pilate along with his wife had a dream in which an eagle represented Jesus and it was being killed. The text is thought to date back about 1,200 years and it had been written by St Cyril of Jerusalem.
Professor van den Broek said that he believes someone else wrote the text. The text had been in the care of monks and was held at the Monastery of St Michael south of Cairo in a desert that was to the north-west of Egypt.
It was rediscovered in 1910 and was purchased by Wall Street financier JP Morgan in 1911.
The collection of Morgan was made public later and it was kept in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York.
The manuscript tells a very different story about the days of Jesus leading up to his death than the one in the Bible.
Van den Broek said that the Bible had already been canonized in Egypt when the text was written; however, the stories had been popular among those who believed.
He went on to say that he did not think that a monk who wrote the story believed in the details, but they may have believed in some of them.
He concluded by saying that miracles might have been possible, so why should the old story be untrue.