Ancient Bible Discovered, Turkey and the Vatican Vie for Interests [Updated]

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

A Turkish state media release, has sparked interest throughout the entire world, as it possibly concurs with proper Islamic theology towards Jesus and the Prophet Muhammad {saw}.

The article over at the DailyMail UK says:

Turkish culture and tourism minister Ertugrul Gunay said the book could be an authentic version of the Gospel, which was suppressed by the Christian Church for its strong parallels with the Islamic view of Jesus.

He also said the Vatican had made an official request to see the scripture – a controversial text which Muslims claim is an addition to the original gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

In line with Islamic belief, the Gospel treats Jesus as a human being and not a God.

This new discovery, has really sent a shock wave of buzz throughout the religious and non-religious worlds. Popular news websites, atheist websites, Muslim and Christian forums are filled it excitement over the prospects of this news. However, many Christian polemics and apologists have sought to denounce the discovery as fraudulent. The very existence of this codex (collection of manuscripts), presents a troubling case for Christendom. The very core beliefs of Islam are being verified, whereas the core doctrinal beliefs towards the alleged deity of Jesus is being thoroughly disputed. Perhaps, the most popular claim against the codex, is that given the dating, it still would not be during the time of St. Barnabus, thus automatically it is a fraud. However, this can be easily rejected, as the name merely presents an identity, for the work’s author, it does not deny the historicity of the manuscripts themselves. Therefore to present such a claim, is to appeal to the fallacy of consequences of a belief.

We must make some points extant, that is, we must identify clearly, why the Christian arguments and reasoning for rejecting this codex (collection of manuscripts) are nothing more than failing attempts to protect a proper challenge to their faith:

(1) The author’s name/ title doesn’t matter, the content does, whether or not the author is known, the data which discusses Islamic and Christian doctrines is of utmost importance. Similarly, most of the authors of the New Testament and many of the Old Testament are either homonymous (attributing to yourself a title of a previously known author), pseudonymous (false name) and even anonymous (unknown), yet Christians themselves will never acknowledge the same argument to be used against their Bible.

(2) The content doesn’t matter in relation to whether or not it agrees with Christian Theology, that isn’t the pivot of veracity. Whether Christians agree with the contents or not, does not affect its truthfulness. What matters is that the content directly challenges the Christian narrative and brings to light new and shocking information about early Christendom and its proximity in core beliefs towards Islam.

(3) Other rejected Gospels which already date to the time of the 4 accepted Gospels, exist and do agree to some extent with Islamic theology. For example, according to Professor Robert Eisenmann, the Jewish sect of the Essenes migrated to Arabia, as they believed him to be the foretold Prophet in their scriptures. These scriptures are better known today as the Qumran scrolls or the Dead Sea Scrolls.

We therefore must conclude that there is no real Christian argument against this discovery, as their own Gospels are founded upon the same arguments they are using against the Turkish Bible. Until more information arises, we have to work under the assumption it may be valid, that is, until more data can be derived towards its exact dating.

Some information on the manuscripts:

  •  The 1,500-year-old tome is said to contain Jesus’ early teachings and his prediction of the Prophet Muhammad ‘s (saw) coming.
  • The leather-bound text, written on animal hide, was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation in 2000.
  • It was closely guarded until 2010, when it was finally handed over to the Ankara Ethnography Museum.
  •  The Vatican had made an official request to see the scripture – a controversial text which Muslims claim is an addition to the original gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.
  • In line with Islamic belief, the Gospel treats Jesus as a human being and not a God.
  • The £14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus’ native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings.
  • It rejects the ideas of the Holy Trinity and the Crucifixion and reveals that Jesus predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad (saw).
  • In one version of the gospel, he is said to have told a priest: ‘How shall the Messiah be called? Muhammad is his blessed name’.

We don’t expect Christians to accept this Turkish Bible, rather, the point of this being made public is to atleast state that there were writings of the Prophet Muhammad {saw} 100 years before his coming. In addition to the numerous Arabo-Islamic reports of Priests in the ancient world, acceding to Muslim emissaries and conceding that Muhammad {saw} was indeed the promised Messenger. In this light, we say that there is no new information for us, this discovery is simply an addendum to our ever growing and ever expanding prophetic material towards Islamic theology.

More articles from around the world on the discovery:

wa Allaahu Alam.
[and God knows best.]


  • Some have said that the saying:
    “How shall the Messiah be called? Muhammad is his blessed name”

    contradicts the Quran, because the Quran calls Jesus the Messiah.

    However, it does not necessarily contradict the Quran, because if you read chapter 97 of Gospel of Barnabas, it says Jesus said:

    “I am not the Messiah whom all the tribes of the earth expect.”

    In this sense, it can could be understood that Jesus is not the Messiah in the the sense that he was not sent to the entire earth. Instead, he was sent to the people of Israel as their Messiah. Rather, Prophet Muhammad is the Messiah for the entire earth. The word “Messiah” refers to one anointed or one apointed, and the Arabic “Al-Mustafa” means the apointed. There are hadith (i.e. Musnad Ahmad, #23464 – Authenticated By Muqbil Waadi’ee in: Sahih Asbab Al-Nazul, Page 210) which state that Muhammad is Al-Mustafa.

    So the meanings of Messiah and Mustafa are not limited only to Jesus. People in the Old Testament are called anointed/ apointed, and Prophet Muhammad is, in Islam, called the apointed (Al-Mustafa). In this way, there is no contradiction with Quran. (Note: with this explanation, I am not implying that I accept the authenticity of Gospel of Barnbas 100%).

  • ‘Since there is around 500 years in between St Barnabas and the writing of the Bible copy, Muslims may be disappointed to see that this copy does not include things they would like to see.
    ‘It might have no relation with the content of the Gospel of Barnabas.’
    Theology professor Ömer Faruk Harman said a scientific scan of the bible may be the only way to reveal how old it really is.
    Read more:

  • I hope many Christians will accept the truth if the truth is not censored as per the church’s liking

  • Since it was supposed to be ‘written’ in 5th century, it obviously is a copy. But copy of what?

    There was no mention of a Gospel BY St. Barnabas, by early church fathers/ historians. There were authentic records of ONLY ONE Gospel given by ANY of the 12 Disciples of Jesus (pbuh) – the Gospel of St. Matthew. Known as Matthaei Authenticum (True Gospel of St. Matthew). Written in Aramaic, and considered to be lost.

    It is also unlikely that Disciples would have produced ‘versions’ of their own. At least Apostle Thomas was known to preach from the True Gospel of St. Matthew, in India.

    Plus, “In the fifth century, the Church of Antioch tried to rule it over the church already established on Cyprus. The Cyprus church defended itself by claiming that since it was founded by a saint (Barnabas), it was equal in rank to the Church of Antioch, founded by Saint Paul. Problem was, there was no proof of this, until St Barnabas appeared in a vision to the Archbishop in AD477 and directed his to Barnabas’ tomb. The Archbishop found the tomb exactly where the vision had indicated, complete with a skeleton clutching a copy of the Gospel of St Matthew, and so the Cyprus church was awarded special privileges.”


    We can safely assume that Barnabas’ followers made copies of the True Gospel of St. Matthew (with passing it up as ‘Gospel of Barnabas’, sure enough). Along with all the ‘errors’ expected of scribes…..