notes on a prohibited Gospel
This book first made
its appearance when a Monk doing research came across it in the Vatican
archives. He translated it to English & converted to Islam. The available
Arabic version was translated from this book by an Eastern Christian
Orthodox employed by a Muslim publisher. The latter did this intentionally
to prove his neutrality. We have our reservations on the translated
script. Furthermore, we believe that 2 Christians successively handling
the book must have drifted it a little away from its original text in
favor of current Church direction. The Church has discredited the book
alleging that it was written by a Muslim on account of its concordance
with Islamic beliefs. Barnabas Gospel emphasizes the fact that Jesus
Christ is human, a prophet & servant of God. It prophesies the emergence
of another final prophet following Jesus & that his message will be
universal. Paul is not sainted, instead he is spoken of as someone who
deviated away of the righteous path & disobeyed Jesus's preachings. To us,
the book is as authentic as any of the other 4 accredited gospels
(Mathew/Mark/Luke/John), if not more. Next we review some of the evidence
that substantiate our claim.
Who is Barnabas?
He was one of the earliest apostles of Jesus, chosen by Christ himself.
His name has been deliberately omitted from many events in the 4 gospels
(naturally as his writings question the authenticity of the other books).
Still, he has been mentioned favorably in Acts.
" Joseph, a Levite from
Cyprus whom the apostles called Barnabas
(meaning son of encouragement), sold a land he owned & brought the money &
laid it at the apostles' feet." Acts 4:36-27.
" Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy
Spirit & faith" Acts 11:24.
" When Barnabas & Saul fulfilled their mission
Jerusalem, they returned back to Antioch taking
with them John whose surname is Mark." Acts 12:25. "
" In the church at
Antioch there were prophets & teachers….. While
they were worshipping the Lord & fasting, the Holy Spirit said " Set apart
for me Barnabas & Saul for the work to which I have called them…. Being
sent out by the Holy Spirit, the two of them went down to Seleucia & from
there they sailed to Cyprus…when they arrived they preached the word of
God in the synagogues….." Acts 13:1-52.
In Acts 14 both Barnabas & Saul (now called Paul) continue their
preaching in Iconium, Lystra & Derbe. In Acts 15 they return to
Jerusalem for consulting its Jewish council on circumcision to gentiles
who embraced the new Christian faith. Then they return to Antioch with a
message from the council. Act 16 mentions the disagreement between
Barnabas & Paul & their parting. The story then follows Paul, Barnabas
seems to be out of the picture & we hear no more of him.
What Barnabas says about his book
Unlike all the other 4 gospel authors, Barnabas does not claim that his
script is of divine heavenly origin but admits it to be his own words. He
states that he may have forgotten to mention some events or stated some
sayings in different wording than was originally said. He speaks of
himself as an author of the autobiography of Jesus Christ narrated from
the view of a close follower. The book states his acts & preachings as
near/much as could be remembered. The book was written several years after
the heavenly ascent of Jesus & only after Paul deviated & left Barnabas.
Paul had remained for years a follower to Barnabas, but now that he
drifted away of the right path & parted with Barnabas, it was time that
the latter put down the preachings of the master in script so as to
preserve them intact.
Flops of the Arabic translator
In his introduction, he contradicted himself in claiming to have done his
translation from the Spanish & Italian origins while he actually used
the English translated version as his source. He admits that the
Spanish script was incomplete having many missing chapters & unreadable
paragraphs, the Italian one was totally missing (allegedly disappearing
with the Monk who first found it). Another flop is that he, putting it in
his own words, "changed the script in many parts to clarify vague
meanings". In plain English, this means that the translator
"fabricated" the script putting words of his own as though they were
original text. On comparing the English & Arabic text, we found that many
words were translated wrongly giving different meanings than was
intended. Whether this was done intentionally (to favor the translator's
own beliefs) or on account of his ignorance remains to be settled.
Evidence that Barnabas book is authentic &
that it existed long before Islam has made its debut
encyclopedia is written by devoted Christians. It mentions the book &
dates it to few hundred years before Islam.
The head of the
Anglican Church in Egypt issued a book in 1988 in which he states that;
"Barnabas gospel was present & in circulation before the year 325AC. We
assume that in the beginning some of the followers of Christ took notes of
his acts & sayings for their personal use & for future reference. These
notes constituted the core of the many gospels (more than 100) that were
in use later. The Church started scrutinizing these gospels & the
consensus was to approve only 4 out of them. Among the discredited gospels
were Thomas's gospel (written in Arabic & used in the Arab peninsula) &
Barnabas gospel. The senior Churchmen at the time saw that such
discredited books had many sayings that were erroneous, forged or untrue.
All those books were saved in Nichia in the year 325 AC, still some of
them are preserved to the day like the Egyptian & Hebrew gospels, & those
of Mathaus & Bartholomew." This is very strange. First these books were
treated as holy (despite being written by humans several years after the
original events) & remained so for hundreds of years. Later, they were
discredited (again by humans) & were banned from use. This is to say that
in Christianity Patriarchs & Bishops (not God) decide holiness!
Evidence that Barnabas book qualifies as a
Barnabas' book contains the information that all the other four
approved gospels mentioned regarding Jesus Christ's life, acts &
preaching. As a matter of fact, Barnabas narrates events in more detail &
in clearer style. It abstains of raising Jesus Christ to the level of God
& maintains his status as a prophet with a sublime message.
the words of the Arabic translator (who is Christian), " the book is a
source of wisdom, morality & high standard philosophy aiming at taking
human emotions into a far high level of purity & sacrifice."
are certain events mentioned in the original editions of the other
gospels that were later corrected taking Barnabas version as the source of
(a) In chapter 97, Barnabas mentioned 72 disciples of Jesus, Luke puts
them at 70. In the new editions of the Holy Book (printed after 1982), the
number is corrected to 72 (Luke 10)!
(b) In chapter 209 Barnabas refers to Saloma as the sister of Mary,
the other gospels make her only her kin. In recent works by Christian
researchers Barnabas statement stands corrected.
(c) In chapters 50/167 Jesus refers to some old Jewish tales that were
omitted from the approved gospels in the 4th century. In 1972
Christian theologists admitted the authenticity of these tales & added
them to the bible.
(d) In chapter 201, Barnabas states the story of the adulterer woman
whom John mentions in his gospel. Christian historians have taken Barnabas
version of the story as the right one & they depicted it (as he wrote it)
in the movie "The life of Jesus".
Many of the vaguely stated sentences & events in the gospels are
clarified in Barnabas book:
" The Jews cheered infront of Jesus: save us to the
son of David". In chapter 200, Barnabas said that they cheered saying,
"Welcome son of David" which is far more plausible.
"But you [Jews]
say that whoever says to his father or mother
'Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift devoted to
God', then he not need to honor his father or mother" Mathew 15:6.
In chapter 32, Barnabas gives the comprehendible version of this otherwise
poorly understood verse "if the parents ask money from their siblings, the
latters would say that this money is dedicated as an offering to God & may
not give their parents of it".
Jesus turned to them & said "If
anyone comes to me & does not hate his father & mother, his wife &
children, his brothers & sisters-yes, even his own self- he cannot be my
disciple" Luke14: 26. In chapter 26 of his book, Barnabas gives a
logic clarification to this absurd statement "If your father & mother
stand in the way of your serving God, leave (abandon) them
Barnabas book gave the true accounts of events that were
narrated differently in each of the gospels. The clearest example is
that of the woman who poured perfume at Jesus' feet. Each gospel gave a
different version of the same event. Christian clergymen could not contain
the contradictions in these versions to come out with a single plausible
26: 6-12 " two days before Passover while Jesus
was in Bethany in the home of Simon the leper a woman came to him with an
alabaster jar of very expensive perfume which she poured on his head as he
was reclining. When the disciples saw this they were indignant "Why this
waste? This perfume could have been sold at a high price & the money given
to the poor." Jesus told them " Why are you bothering this woman? She has
done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but
you will not always have me. "
14: 3-8 is almost identical to that of Mathew except for some minor
7: 36-40 Luke claims that the event occurred in a Pharisee's house in
Capernaum of Galilee long before Passover. "When
a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was
eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, &
as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet
with her tears. The she wiped them with her hair & poured perfume on them.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself "if
this man were indeed a prophet, he would know who is touching him & what
kind of woman she is - that she is a sinner."
12: 1-8 "Six days before Passover, Jesus arrived
at Bethany, where Lazarus (whom Jesus had raised from the dead) lived.
Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha (Lazarus' sister) served
while he was among others reclining with Jesus at the table. Then Mary
(the other sister of Lazarus) took a pint of pure nard (an expensive
perfume) & poured it on Jesus' feet & wiped his feet with her hair. And
the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of the
disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray them, objected "Why
wasn't this perfume sold & the money given to the poor? It was worth a
year's wages." He did not say this because he cared about the poor but
because he was a thief; as keeper of the moneybag, he used to help himself
to what was put into it. "Leave her alone" Jesus replied."
The sinner woman (prostitute) is Mary the sister of Lazarus. The event
occurred twice in the house of Simon the Leper whom Jesus cured. In the
first time she came to Jesus weeping & repenting her sin. Jesus told her
"The Lord will forgive you here. Do not sin after that." When she sinned
again, she came back & poured the perfume on Jesus' head & clothes. Judas
Iscariot objected, as he was the keeper of the poor moneybag that he used
to steal from.
6. Barnabas book mentioned many acts & instructions of Jesus that are
not found in the other gospels.
(a) In chapter 209 it is stated that Jesus used to wash
before prayers & that he used to pray regularly in fixed times of the day
(Dawn/Noon/Evening) together with his mother Mary & his disciples. Jesus
also used to fast in fixed days & his disciples followed him in doing
this. On the other hand, if we review the other gospels we find no mention
of all this, sometimes even the reverse. The next verse clearly indicates
that Jesus' disciples did not pray or fast: Mark 9: 28-29 "
After Jesus healed a boy with evil spirit, he
went indoors & his disciples asked him privately "why couldn't we drive
this evil out?" He replied, " this kind can only come out by prayers &
fasting." Again, in Mark 2:18-20 Jesus allegedly instructs his
disciples not to fast "John's disciples & the
Pharisees were fasting. Some people came & asked Jesus "Why do the
disciples of John & of the Pharisees fast but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus said to them "Can the guests/friends of the bridegroom fast while
the bridegroom is with them? They cannot as long as they have him with
(b) Barnabas stated several instructions & rituals that
are not found in the other gospels including the values of circumcision
(chapter 22), the uncleanness of pigs (chapter 32), forbidding praying to
statues/pictures (chapter 33), instructions for praying (chapters 36/48),
definition of the hypocrite (chapter 45), alms giving (chapter 125),
heaven/hell & their grades (chapters 71/135) & the preach about death &
burial (chapters 196-198). All such important topics are missing from the
accredited gospels & stated only in Barnabas book. Could this book be
logically disqualified from being a true gospel?
Christians now believe in only 4 gospels. They have discredited more than
96 others (including that of Barnabas) without reading or knowing anything
about their content. What makes a book "holy" & another a "forge" has
nothing to do with God, it is human (senior churchmen) decided. Even if
so, & we used pure logical analysis, we will find that Barnabas book is
clearer, far more comprehendible & more detailed than the 4 approved
"Holy" gospels. It was written by one of the earliest disciples of Jesus
whom he chose himself. The book existed & was in circulation centuries
before Islam. Using such earthly measures, it is qualified to be a
"Gospel". We believe that it was disapproved only because much of its
content goes along with the religion that followed (Islam) including
Jesus' prophecy of Muhammad God's final messenger to mankind. We believe
that it is the closest to the core of true Christianity (as preached by
Jesus), but not today's Christianity (that was founded by Paul).