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Originally posted by Lionhearte
You guys won't believe the thousands and thousands of verifiable documents we have about Jesus' existence, which were written before, and after, his death, within a span of a few decades - but you will believe one single "document", found 1200 years after? with no verifiable sources?
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Um, despite the interest shown by Scorpie, the underlying document is Christian (a tad late to be "ancient"). The actual version of the thread-title idea is also found in the canonical scriptures and genuinely ancient Christian writing.
The Transfiguration of Jesus is an episode in the New Testament narrative in which Jesus is transfigured (or metamorphosed) and becomes radiant upon a mountain.
And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
eightbits, do you have any sources you can give us to back up this claim?
According to the article, this text was written 1,200 years ago. Christianity was mainly practiced between the 2nd and 4th centuries AD before the Muslim conquest of Eqypt.
Why would Christians distort the message of Christianity?
Why would anyone claiming to be Christian write a story disregarding the last supper with the disciples for a dinner with Pilate on the wrong day of the week?
Jesus a shapeshifter? Sure! Why not?
Perhaps it's true and the great magician wasn't even on that cross. It was all just an illusion. That's just as good an explanation as any.
Originally posted by SeekerofTruth101
What is the problem if he was a 'shape-shifter'?
I'm not sure that that is what the intent of the underlying Coptic text was.
Originally posted by Caterminator
As someone who has done calligraphy and illumination, the manuscript is beautiful. Funny how the source calls it apocrypha, as if there are true historical accounts and made up fanciful ones.
Originally posted by Deetermined
One thought that popped into my mind was that the person (whether Muslim or Christian) might have been trying to degrade Judaism by making it look like there was no significance between the timing of Jesus' death and the Passover feast being celebrated. The timing of this event and their connection to each other is very important to both Jews and Christians.