Monday, 6 July 2009

The rival to the Bible

The oldest Bible, known by the name Codex Sinaiticus, which was discovered 160 years ago, is now being digitalised. This project brings a new light into the meaning of the Bible. It is composed by two new books that were left aside in the modern Bible: Sheperd of Hermas and The Epistle of Barnabas. Specially the second one differs notably from the modern Bible because it says that it were the Jews and not the Romans who killed Jesus. According to professor Bart Ehrman: “…the suffering of the Jews in the subsequent centuries would, if possible, have been even worse”.
Besides, these new books do not mention the resurrection of Jesus and Jesus is described once as an angry man. All these facts will be unpleasantly surprising to those people who thought the modern Bible was the only word of God.

My reaction

I think it is very exciting that these kind of texts are discovered but also made public. We all have the right to know when these kind of discoveries take place, specially when they have influence in the way we look at history. Until now we have kept the modern Bible on an altar, considering it the pillar of Christianity. We do not have to forget, though, that it is a book written by somebody who had his own way of looking at happenings and his own opinion, for so far it was a man who wrote it. These new books offer a new approach to the history of our culture and it is always good to compare all the materials due to form our own opinion about it. Hopefully, the publication of these Codex does not offend a layer of the world population and causes problems. Let us stay objective.

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