Controversial narration about the Passion of Christ in an Ancient Egyptian text

Controversial narration about the Passion of Christ in an Ancient Egyptian text

An ancient text from 1,200 years ago shows us information that creates controversy over the crucifixion of Jesus and other facts that could have been falsified.

The text is written in the Coptic language, an Egyptian language introduced at the end of the 2nd century BC and which today remains as the liturgical language of the Coptic Church. Through him it is detailed how the judge who authorized the crucifixion of Jesus, Pontius Pilate , had dinner with the defendant before carrying out his sentence and offered his son to sacrifice in his place. The letter also tells that Jesus had the ability to change shape, so Judas suggested using a kiss to identify him in his arrest, which according to the letter took place on a Tuesday night instead of Thursday, a fact that changes the idea of ​​the Easter season.

The text is written under the name of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem who lived in the 4th century and is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.

According to Roelof van den Broek, from Utrecht University and translator of the book «Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem on the Life and Passion of Christ»(Brill, 2013), the discovery of the text does not mean that such events happened that way, but that some people who lived then believed it.

Van den Broek is surprised that the Last Supper and detention move to Tuesday's date since in most canonical texts it is related on Thursday night and therefore qualifies the statement of St. Cyril as erroneous.

Two copies are in the Museum of New York and the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, but the latter is for the most part incomprehensible.

The text now in New York was from the library of the Monastery of St. Michael in Egypt and in his translation he tells that it was a gift from Father Paul who had endowed this book with his own efforts. In December 1911 it was bought by the American financier JP Morgan and later it would be made known to the public in the museum that bears the same name as part of the exhibition “Treasures of the Vault”.

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