1,200-year-old Egyptian text describes shape-shifting Jesus

Posted: March 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Published on March 14th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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A newly deciphered Egyptian text which dates back 1,200 years says that Judas kissed Jesus on the cheek to identify him because he was always changing shape.

Written in the Coptic language, the ancient text tells of Pontius Pilate, the judge who authorized Jesus’ crucifixion, having dinner with Jesus before his crucifixion and offering to sacrifice his own son in the place of Jesus. It also explains why Judas used a kiss, specifically, to betray Jesus — because Jesus had the ability to change shape, according to the text — and it puts the day of the arrest of Jesus on Tuesday evening rather than Thursday evening, something that contravenes the Easter timeline.

The discovery of the text doesn’t mean these events happened, but rather that some people living at the time appear to have believed in them, said Roelof van den Broek, of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, who published the translation in the book “Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem on the Life and the Passion of Christ” (Brill, 2013).

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Renata Sedmakova, Shutterstock

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