A rare original Greek copy of ‘Jesus’ secret teachings to his brother James’ has been discovered by biblical scholars.
Fragments of a 1,600-year-old heretical document describe how Jesus passes on knowledge of heaven and future events, including James’ inevitable death.
The text, from the story the ‘First Apocalypse of James’, refers to James as Jesus’ brother, though ‘not materially’.
The story was deemed ‘forbidden’ because writings that added to or changed the existing New Testament in any way were not permitted.
It forms part of the Nag Hammadi library, a series of 52 religious manuscripts written sometime between the 2nd and 6th Century AD.
Spread across 13 leather-bound vellum codices found buried in Egypt, they are of a heretical tradition known as Gnosticism – an early, mysterious form of Christianity. read more