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At a press conference at the British Library, the authors — Mr. Jacobovici is a Canadian-Israeli film director, award-winning journalist, and writer... Barrie A Wilson despite his non Jewish sounding name is also Jewish. Jacobovici has been called a charlatan and a fraud by a trained and experienced Israeli Jewish archeologist named Joe Zias...
The document which they base their claim is an an ancient Syriac manuscript called Joseph and Aseneth, which found its way to the British Library on 11 November 1847 from a monastery in Egypt The manuscript is already known to experts in the field of early Christianity, the authors claim, albeit only in the later Latin and Greek translations. They claim to be the first to work with a Syriac version, which they have translated and “DECODED” to reach their conclusions.
Thus a document is DECODED after 167 years in the British Library by two Jews with NO ACADEMIC in these 167 years ever showing any interest in it So what academic background do these two geniuses have? In short neither Wilson or Jacobovici has any academic background in History Archaeology or Linguistics They don't seem to have any practical background in either discipline either Yet their DECODING of a Document which has been lying about for 167 years is being taken as pardon the pun “Gospel Truth”
CANADIAN JEWS SAY JESUS CHRIST MARRIED A HOOKER AND HAD KIDS !
Just don’t bother. Were it a Dan Brown-esque novel, positing a speculative interpretation about the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene utilizing a fanciful allegorical interpretation of a document written six centuries after Jesus came and went, I’d say buy it and have fun. Fiction can be so much fun! But the problem with this book is that Mr. Jacobovici believes what he’s writing. He believes his interpretation is true. He wants it to be true. And that hovers somewhere between comical and scary. I HAVE read the book and it really is worse than you might imagine.
The Lost Gospel - Not Lost, and Not a Gospel
The reviewer in The Los Angeles Times, no less (not some conservative Christian), calls it “perhaps the worst book ever written about Jesus.” The book is so ludicrous that it sounds hilarious. It illustrates the postmodernist principle that, if texts don’t have an objective meaning, anything can be interpreted to mean anything.
But surely not even the most hostile atheist can take this book seriously (drawing on the wordplay between the Sun and the Son, even though that only works in English!) But the thing is, people are buying this thing! The editorial reviews, including some by liberal theologians, think it’s great!
The worst book ever written about Jesus?
"There’s just one small problem with the Jacobovici-Wilson theory," Moss wrote. "Jesus and Mary are nowhere in the manuscript. It’s one version of a well-known ancient novel called Joseph and Aseneth, which discusses the life and times of the biblical patriarch Joseph (of technicolor-dreamcoat fame) and his relationship with Aseneth, the Egyptian woman he marries in Genesis 41:45. Not to be a killjoy fact-checker, but this does seem like an important detail to get right."
Writing at his blog, archaeologist and scholar Robert Cargill of the University of Iowa said, "The Lost Gospel is neither 'lost' nor a 'gospel.' Scholars have known about and have studied the Syriac version of Joseph and Aseneth, located in the British Museum, for a very long time. Simply employing symbolism does not an allegory make."
Scholars shred 'new' claims of Jesus' marriage and fatherhood
But at the end of this assessment I am driven to wonder whether even the authors take their arguments and conclusions seriously. Jacobovici, at the end of his response to the first two parts of my assessment, seems himself to be suggesting that I am taking them too seriously. Probably the most generous assessment of the book would be to suppose that the authors have all along intended it as no more than an entertaining joke – a joke at the expense of those ‘Pauline Christians’ they so obviously detest.
a real scholar on the so-called "Lost Gospel"
The Lost Gospel is truly nothing more than a trumped up conspiracy theory masquerading as legitimate scholarship. It is based on revisionist history, deconstructionism, distortions of biblical texts, and outright lies about early Christian beliefs.
Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson clearly have an ax to grind against Christianity, as was demonstrated in Jacobovici’s book and film about the so-called Jesus family tomb, which was grounded in the same shoddy methodologies.
This review has only scratched the surface of the numerous falsehoods promoted in the book. Joseph and Aseneth is an interesting piece of “historical fiction” written around the time of Jesus to give readers more backstory to an Old Testament figure. It was never lost, and it certainly is not a gospel.
Review of The Lost Gospel
Channel Four's The Real Da Vinci Code presenter Tony Robinson asked Michael Baigent the following question in relation to the claim that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and produced offspring:
Do we have any evidence that there was a child?
There's none whatsoever – that’s purely hypothesis on our part – but I think it's a plausible hypothesis - that the Holy Grail is the bloodline of David – and if Jesus and Mary Magdalene had been married and she was pregnant with this child – "yes, she would have carried the Grail to France" – and I think this is the way that we need to look at this material – Is it true? I don't know – Is it plausible? Yes.
So the inspiration for 'The Da Vinci Code' and a whole Canon of secret Grail Hunts is no more than a Big Guess...
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
My personal idea is that Jesus was an amalgamation of several different spiritual leaders/rabble rousers of the day, or he was one guy who happened to have a cult of personality around him.