- A 1500-year-old Bible found in Turkey claims Jesus Christ was not crucified
- It also states he was not the son of God but a Prophet
- Religious authorities insist that the book is authentic
The 1500-year-old Bible, which was discovered in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, in 2000, refutes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Moreover, it says that he was not the son of God but a Prophet, who didn't die and ascended into heaven alive.
It also states that it was Judas Iscariot who was actually crucified and calls Apostle Paul the Impostor.
This information was taken from the gospel of Barnabas, who in this work is one of the twelve apostles.
There is a theory that the modern Bible was formed out of four canonical gospels by the Catholic Church during the Council of Nicea, while the Gospel of Barnabas as well as many others were ommitted.
The book along with antiquities, illegal excavations, and explosives were reportedly confiscated from a group of smugglers in a Mediterranean-area operation.
It is written in the Aramaic laguage with gold letters and onto loosely-tied leather.
The Bible that contradicts the New Testament teachings of Christianity is reportedly valued up to 40 million Turkish Liras (about $28m).
While authenticity of the book is still under question some experts and religious authorities believe that it is original.
However, some scholars branded the Gospel of Barnabas Bible a forgery written during the Middle Ages.
Meanwhile, the Vatican has asked Turkish authorities to let them examine the contents of the book.