Well, the new book about Jesus and his sweetie has been promoted for a few days, “The Lost Gospel,” which purports to tell us all about the big cover-up regarding Jesus and Mary. I’m not sure how sales will go. Perhaps Smithsonian will offer to create a TV special, like they did this past May on another Mrs. Jesus “sighting” in an ancient manuscript (which 99.999% of ancient manuscript scholars are either highly skeptical of or declare it to be a fake – for some reason Smithsonian failed to mention that in their show).
Anyway, here’s a few things you should know about the latest account of this torrid affair, a marriage, I guess, made in heaven by the gods for the gods.
- The manuscript is 1450 years old. Using my calculator I find the manuscript to date back to AD 564. That’s about 550 years after the so-called marriage event. Hmmm, somebody got the news to the Society page a bit late.
- This “lost Gospel” was never lost. It has been in existence since the 6th century and known, read, and studied.
- The name Jesus and Mary do not appear anywhere in the text. Oops! Were wedding invitations sent out with the wrong names? Darn! You think postage is high now? Just imagine what it would cost to correct this error in the ancient world.
- The “lost Gospel” is not a Gospel at all but a love story about the Old Testament Joseph, son of Jacob, and his Egyptian wife Asenath.
- The authors of the new book claim that Joseph is really a code for Jesus and Asenath is code for Mary. This reminds me of the movie, A Beautiful Mind, where Russell Crowe was breaking codes that did not exist. Can someone get that prescription, please, to help the troubled minds of these authors.
- When the story was translated from its original language into Syriac, the translator said that the story was an allegorical novel where Joseph stood for transcendent reason and Asenath represented the human soul. This is what the translator living in ancient times said! It was never a code. The ancients did not write “code-books”. They wrote allegories elaborating on biblical stories.
Sorry to disappoint anyone out there who is looking for some hot news from heaven.
There is a better love story to be found in the Bible. You might also want to check out The Women Jesus Loved to find ten great examples of Christ’s holy and liberating love, not for one woman, but many.
Do you know where Azerbaijan is? It sounds like an exotic, faraway place and it is for us in the West but God has been working mightily in this land in many ways.
First Programs for Azerbaijan
In recent weeks I have had the privilege of becoming acquainted with Global Heart Ministries which focuses on outreach to Central Asia. They have just finished taping 13 television shows for Azerbaijan featuring Narmin Backus and her art, singing, and dancing. These programs are the first Christian programming for the people of this great nation and we rejoice with them!
I invite you to watch this 3-minute promo spot for their television shows. This spot is provided with English translation.
Getting to Know Narmin
I have had the privilege of getting to know Narmin. She loves the Lord with all her heart and wants to reach her people with the Gospel. Narmin teaches art at a Christian school in Houston and is fluent in English, Azerbaijani, and Russian. She is reading The Women Jesus Loved and has been deeply touched by it. She also loves the video The Renewal of All Things and has started translating it for her people to hear the Gospel.
Please pray for Narmin’s ministry to her people and pray that her translation work for WGS will result in multitudes hearing the Gospel and coming to Christ.
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