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    Biblical scholars have discovered the first-known copy of a heretical text, which is thought to hold the secret teachings of Jesus to his brother James. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found the manuscript at Oxford University.

    The writings are on a small piece of papyrus and are thought to be part of the Apocalypse of James, a book of the Bible that was banned by Emperor Constantine and was not part of the New Testament released in 367AD by Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria.

    The text was part of the The Nag Hammadi Library —a collection of 13 Coptic Gnostic books that were first discovered in Egypt more than 70 years ago in 1945. The codices were reportedly hidden in a jar in the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi around 1,400 years ago and can be traced back to a time between the 2nd and 6th century CE.

    Unlike the rest of the documents, the fragments recently discovered were not written in Coptic but in Greek
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    Let's just say I am very skeptical. The gnostic gospels were written by people who had no direct contact with Christ or the Apostles and were generally written at the end or long after the Apostolic era ended.
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    All text messages, probably hacked!
    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
    Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
    Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
    21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
    And clever in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21 NASB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    All text messages, probably hacked!
    Roman collusion between Herod and Pontius Pilate
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    Jesus had a brother?
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    Jesus had a brother?
    He had several, though none of them were of virgin birth. He was the firstborn of course.
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    It's an archaeological curiosity, but that's about it as to its significance. Consider:

    * It's a fragment, yet the existence and some of the content were already know. The two most likely sources of that awareness would be either Irenaeus' "Against Heretics" or Eusebius "Ecclesiastical History". Irenaeus wrote in the late 2nd Century, and Eusebius in the early 4th.

    * The fragment is no earlier than 2nd Century, while the books of the NT were written in the 1st Century. The "Apocalypse of James" was excluded from the NT canon because it was known to be bogus.
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