An ancient Bible has been discovered in Turkey, and is said to quote Jesus foretelling the arrival of the Prophet Mohammed.
Pope Bendict XVI had put in a formal request to view a 1,500 year old Bible that is said to have foretold the coming of the Prophet Mohammed. There is no word yet if Pope Francis has followed up on this request, but the fact that there has been little said about it since it's discovery is a little a too Da Vinci Code.
The Bible in question was discovered in Turkey during a police anti-smuggling operation. After being discovered, authorities have kept it under close guard, waiting to hand it over to the Ankara Ethnography Museum where it will soon be showcased.
The book is reportedly worth $22 million and apparently predicts the Prophet Mohammed’s arrival, as well supporting the Islamic view of Jesus.
Ertugrul Gunay, Turkish culture and tourism minister, told the Daily Mail that the Bible is “in line with Islamic belief, the Gospel treats Jesus as a human being and not a God. It rejects the ideas of the Holy Trinity and the Crucifixion and reveals that Jesus predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammed.”
“In one version of the Gospel, he is said to have told a priest: ‘How shall the Messiah be called? Mohammed is his blessed name......And in another, Jesus denied being the Messiah, claiming that he or she would be Ishmaelite, the term used for an Arab,” the newspaper added.
The author of this Bible is believed to be St. Barnabas, an apostle credited for founding the Cypriot Church. However, some speculate that, although it is written in Jesus' native tongue of Aramaic,it may have been written by one of his followers and not the apostle.
They are yet to perform a scientific scan to determine the exact age, but perhaps this will happen now that the Vatican is showing interest. Here's hoping that this Bible is authenticated and sheds light on the fact that there are very few differences between Christianity and Islam, and that killing each other over the minute difference is definitely not part of intelligent design.