Bible discovery: Lost gospel found in Egypt dubbed ‘priceless’ by Richard Dawkins

The Gnostic Gospels are a collection of early Christian texts discovered near the town of Nag Hammadi, Upper Egypt, in 1945, which were not included in the New Testament. A sealed jar containing 13 leather-bound papyruses were found by a local farmer named Muhammed al-Samman, comprising of 52 gospels texts. Renowned atheist Richard Dawkins revealed during his book “Outgrowing God” how archaeologists were stunned by the collection and how he thought they were significant to understanding the story of Jesus Christ.

He wrote last month: “There are about 50 of them, any of which might have been included in the canon along with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

“They were mostly written down in the first couple of centuries AD, but as with the four official gospels, those final written versions were based on word-of-mouth traditions.

“They included the gospels of Peter, Philip, Mary Magdalene, Thomas and the gospels according to the Egyptians and the gospel of Judas Iscariot.

“In some cases, it’s easy to see why they were left out of the canon.

The gospel of Judas gives a different view on the BIble

The gospel of Judas gives a different view on the BIble (Image: GETTY/WIKI)

The text is written from the viewpoint of Judas

The text is written from the viewpoint of Judas (Image: GETTY)

The rediscovery of the gospel of Judas was one of the most surprising document finds of the 20th century

Richard Dawkins

“Take the gospel of Judas Iscariot for example, he was the arch-villain of the whole Jesus story, he betrayed Jesus to the authorities who then arrested, tried and executed him.”

In contrast to the canonical gospels, which paint Judas as a betrayer who delivered Jesus to the authorities for crucifixion in exchange for money, the Gospel of Judas portrays Judas’s actions as done in obedience to instructions given to him by Jesus of Nazareth. 

It does not claim that the other disciples knew about Jesus’s true teachings. 

Dr Dawkins went on to detail why he believed the find was so significant.

He added: “The rediscovery of the gospel of Judas was one of the most surprising document finds of the 20th century.

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Richard Dawkins has his own opinion

Richard Dawkins has his own opinion (Image: GETTY)

“People knew that such a gospel had been written, because it was mentioned, and condemned, by early Church Fathers.

“But everybody thought it was lost, perhaps destroyed as heresy, and then, in 1945, it turned up in a bundle of documents and fragments that had been buried in a big jar for some 1,700 years.

“It was dug up by accident by workmen in Egypt, and as usual with such finds, took a while for this priceless document to find its way into the hands of proper scholars capable of taking care of it.

“It has been carbon-dated to AD 280, plus or minus 60 years.”

Dr Dawkins finalised by admitting the text is not a first-hand account from Judas himself.

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Judas was one of Jesus's 12 disciples

Judas was one of Jesus’s 12 disciples (Image: GETTY)

Judas is said to have betrayed Jesus to the authorities

Judas is said to have betrayed Jesus to the authorities (Image: GETTY)

He concluded: “The rediscovered document is written in Coptic, an old Egyptian language. 

“But it is thought to be a translation from an earlier, and still lost, Greek text, which was probably nearly as old as the four canonical gospels.

“Like those four, it was written by somebody other than its named author, so probably not Judas himself and it is mostly a set of conversations between Judas and Jesus.

“It tells the story of betrayal, but from Judas’ point of view, and it removes much of the blame from him.

“It suggests that Judas was the only one of the 12 disciples who really understood Jesus’ mission.”

Despite Dr Dawkins’ claims, there have been extensive discrepancies over the text, due to up to a third of it being illegible.

Others have questioned the authenticity of the document

Others have questioned the authenticity of the document (Image: GETTY)

The completion of the restoration and translation was announced by the National Geographic Society at a news conference in Washington DC on April 6, 2006, and the manuscript itself was unveiled then at the National Geographic Society headquarters, accompanied by a television special entitled The Gospel of Judas. 

However, James Robinson, general editor of the Nag Hammadi Library, claimed that the new book would offer no historical insights into the disciple who betrayed Jesus, since the 2nd-century manuscript seems to derive from an older document. 

Mr Robinson suggested that the text provided insights into the religious situation during the 2nd century rather than into the biblical narrative itself.

Another scholar, April DeConick, a professor of Biblical studies at Rice University, claims in a New York Times op-ed that the National Geographic translation was critically faulty in many substantial respects and that, based on a corrected translation, Judas was actually a demon, truly betraying Jesus, rather than following his orders.

Ms DeConick, after re-translating the text, published “The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says” to assert that Judas was not a “daimon” in the Greek sense, but that “the universally accepted word for ‘spirit’ is ‘pneuma’ — in Gnostic literature ‘daimon’ is always taken to mean ‘demon'”.

She further stated that “Judas is not set apart ‘for’ the holy generation, as the National Geographic translation says, he is separated ‘from’ it”.

Andre Gagne, Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, also questioned how the experts of the National Geographic Society understood the role of Judas Iscariot so well.

His argument rests on the translation of the Greco-Coptic term “apophasis” as “denial”. 

According to Gagne, the opening lines of the Judas Gospel should not be translated as “the secret word of declaration by which Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot” but rather as “the secret word of the denial by which Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot”.

Scholars are divided on the interpretation of the text. 

The first modern publication of the gospel contended that the text portrays Judas in a positive light, while other scholars have asserted that Judas is presented negatively.

There is no consensus on how Judas is characterised in this gospel, but there may be additional fragments of the gospel to be released.

Photo Of ‘Taco Bookmark’ From Indiana Library Goes Viral

Here’s some food for thought: Tacos make lousy bookmarks ― especially for library books.

But that seemingly obvious bit of knowledge didn’t stop a photo of, yes, a taco in a library book from going viral this past weekend.

On Saturday, Amanda Monson, a librarian with the LaPorte County Library in Indiana, tweeted out a pic that may have whet the appetites of taco lovers while turning the stomachs of bookworms.

Monson said the taco pic came from “an actual book found in the book drop at my library in Indiana a few years back.”

A Twitter user identified the book with the taco in it as “Nonsense Songs and Stories,” illustrated by Edward Lear, according to Inside Edition. Monson told the outlet the book was donated to the library, but it wasn’t put on shelves.

“The staff took a photo of it and threw the book away,” Monson said. 

This isn’t the first inappropriate bookmark Monson has seen since she started working as a librarian seven years ago.

Other bizarre bookmarks include uncashed paychecks, credit cards, $50 or $100 bills and panty liners.

“You can ask any public librarian, and they will have stories about the weird things that get left in books and returned to us,” she said. 

As you might expect, the photo left a bad taste in the mouths of many Twitter users.

Monson’s taco bookmark pic is spicing up the internet, but it’s just part of a recent trend as brands are also using similar Twitter pics for promotion:

MH370 revelation: Why Co-pilot’s ‘very unusual’ action was questioned by expert

Several experts have suggested this could indicate something “untoward” was going on at this point. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board when it disappeared, never to be seen again. Co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid was known to break aviation rules by having guests in the cockpit, but he was rising up in his career and was nearly fully qualified.

Mr Hamid had turned off his phone before take-off but then turned it on again mid-flight, according to the Straits Times.

The signal was picked up by a ground station on Penang Island, northwest of Malaysia.

Aviation lawyer James Healy-Pratt told Channel 5’s ‘Flight MH370’: “It is quite unusual for crew to have their phones live and switched on when they’re at altitude, and for one of the crew to have his phone on and trying to transmit a message would suggest something untoward.”

Mr Hamid, last used his phone to send a Whatsapp message at around 11:30pm on March 7, just before he boarded the Boeing 777 for his six-hour flight to Beijing.

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Two hours previously he had made his final call, which was reportedly to a “regular contact”.

David Gleave, aviation expert from the University of Loughborough, explained what the signal from the control tower on Penang Island means.

He said: “We know that because there was a handshake, which is a discussion between the mobile phone and the base station to say ‘Hello, this is me, are you the closest base station?

“Probably the aircraft was flying too fast at that stage and too far away to maintain a signal for very long, but there is a recorded interaction with the first officer’s phone.”

“A ‘reattachment’ does not necessarily mean that a call was made. It can also be the result of the phone being switched on again.”

Most airlines ask passengers and crew to turn off their phones during flight.

However, some pilots still leave their phones on – either intentionally or by mistake.

Aviation expert  and former British Airways pilot Alastair Rosenschein said: “If it was suddenly switched on mid-flight, then it does suggest that something untoward was occurring.

“But it’s not unusual for a phone to be left on innocently, by mistake, and then come into signal area.

“There has been so much uncorroborated material on this flight that it is very difficult to determine fact from fiction or speculation. 

“This could be yet another red herring.”

However, a different source told the Straits Times that an attempted call had been made, prompting suggestions that the copilot may have been making “a desperate call” for help.

Running With Tree Strapped To Back Is The Key To Winning Cape Town Marathon

NAIROBI, Sept 15 (Reuters) – This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon – with saplings strapped to their backs.

The group are promoting the planting of native trees amid a nationwide push to replace invasive species with indigenous one to cope with drought and climate change.

Last year, Cape Town suffered its worst drought in a century, nearly running out of water and forcing authorities to enforce severe water rationing and set up public water points.

Spooked businesses put $3.7m into a fund to eradicate invasive water-hungry trees around Cape Town, a move that would top up reservoirs with billions of liters of water.

Activist and treegrower Siyabulela Sokomani, who is running carrying a wild olive, said the group of friends is raising cash to plant 2,000 trees in Khayelitsha, one of Cape Town’s biggest townships, where many of them come from.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur attended school there and was inspired by a teacher who started an environmental club.

“There were no trees in the township where I grew up,” he said. Now Sokomani has tattoos of his favorites – the Coral Tree, Speckboom and Acacia – twining across his shoulder.

The Speckboom is a favorite at Sokomani’s Shoots and Roots nursery. Spekboom can grow almost anywhere and absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere faster than most other trees in dry conditions, the United Nations says.

Last year Sokomani went back to his school to plant 67 trees on Mandela Day, symbolizing the 67 years that Mandela spent in public service. He co-founded Township Farmers in 2017 to teach children about agriculture and plant trees in schools.

From 2001 to 2018, South Africa lost 1.34 million hectares of tree cover, equivalent to a 22% decrease since 2000, according to Global Forest Watch, a monitoring organization run the Washington-based thinktank World Resource Institute.

(Editing by Toby Chopra)

Delaware School Sorry For Playing Roseanne Barr’s Anthem Rendition

SEAFORD, Del. (AP) — “The Star-Spangled Banner” isn’t an unusual feature of high school pregame festivities, but Roseanne Barr’s screeching 1990s rendition surprised spectators at one Delaware volleyball game.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the Seaford School District apologized Wednesday for the shock served at Seaford High School’s Tuesday game against Milford High.

A letter from Superintendent David Perrington says pregame proceedings will be improved to spike future occurrences and the lapse is being investigated. Officials didn’t immediately explain how Barr’s infamous version, performed before a San Diego Padres game, was set.

The letter says the district usually plays the national anthem before sports games as a way to honor the U.S. and its armed forces. It says the district will play the district-approved version in the future.

Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

MH370: How crew and passengers were ‘alive but unconscious during flight’

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The official investigation concluded that the plane continued flying for around seven hours after it disappeared from civilian air traffic control. It is believed it turned 180 degrees and flew up the Malacca Strait, then turned to fly south over the Indian Ocean, before finally running out of fuel and crashing into the sea.

It is highly likely a hijacker was responsible for this, as the plane’s flight path is clearly deliberate, rather than a result of a technical error.

However, one important question that needs to be answered is: how did the hijacker manage to take over the plane and why did no one stop them?

Aviation journalist David Learmount told Channel 5’s ‘Flight MH370’: “This is where the fascinating part of the whole mystery starts.

“How did whoever-did-this… how was he allowed to fly the aircraft way off course?

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“Because the rest of the crew presumably had no intention of doing anything remotely like that.

“So how did he shut them up so that they would let him get on with it?”

Mr Learmount suggested one method of doing this would be for the hijacker to put on their oxygen mask in the cockpit and then depressurise the aircraft.

The lack of oxygen would cause the passengers and crew to pass out, but not die immediately.

“Then you are left alone to do what you will.”

This would enable whoever hijacked MH370 to fly in whatever direction they wanted without interruption from the other people on board.

But how did they manage to take control of the cockpit in the first place?

Aviation expert David Gleave from Loughborough University suggested it could have been the pilot.

He said: “In some East Asian carriers, the Captain is still much more of a God-like figure that commands great respect and deference from the rest of the crew.

“So in that case, if the captain asked you to get up and get him a cup of coffee, it would be ‘yes sir’ and out you would go from the cockpit.”

If – as the Captain – it would be that easy to ask the co-pilot to leave the cockpit, all he would have to do is lock the door and take full control of the aircraft.

However, the documentary also suggested that it could have been the Captain who stepped out and someone else who took control.

UK Couple Growing Furniture On Farm

WIRKSWORTH, England, Sept 23 (Reuters) – On a two-acre fieldin England’s Midlands, Gavin and Alice Munro are taking sustainability to the next level: they harvest trees which they train to grow into chairs.

The couple have a furniture farm in Derbyshire where they are nurturing 250 chairs, 100 lamps and 50 tables. It is their answer to what they see as the inefficient and carbon-heavy process of cutting down mature trees to create furniture.

“Instead of force-growing a tree for 50 years and then cutting it down and making it into smaller and smaller bits …the idea is to grow the tree into the shape that you want directly. It’s a kind of zen 3D printing,” said Gavin.

Part of the inspiration for the idea came when Gavin was ayoung boy. He spotted an overgrown bonsai tree which looked likea chair.

He was also born with a curved spine and as a child spent several years wearing a metal frame to reset his back.

“The (medical) staff were just brilliant. The nurses, the doctors, they would kind of combine kindness and competence in away that really, really impressed me.

“I wanted to combine care and competence and hopefully this is what we’re doing here,” he added.

The 44-year-old began experimenting in 2006 when he tried togrow chairs on two small plots of land in the Peak District,also in central England.

But in 2012, a year after they married, Gavin and Alice setup the company Full Grown and committed to the idea full-time.

Progress has been bumpy. One of their first attempts at a crop ended in disaster when it was trampled by cows and eaten by rabbits.

They have also had to discover the most effective way to shape a tree without stunting its growth. The couple has learned to guide shoots already heading in the right direction, rathert han forcing shoots the wrong way against their will.

The labor and time involved in producing the organic pieces means they do not come cheap. Chairs sell for $12,480, lamps for $1,120-2,870 and tables for $3,120-15,600.

The average chair takes six to nine years to grow ― and another year to dry out. The longest commission the company has is for 2030. It is a chair for a customer’s retirement.

The plight of rainforests have stormed up the global agenda in recent weeks, as fires raged in the Amazon and the CongoBasin.

“You know the damage that we do with forestry. We’re only just starting to really understand that. This is kind of the opposite really, we use … ancient techniques that we used in the stone age,” Gavin said.

Ancient Romans, Chinese and Japanese are known to have shaped trees to customize their forms.

Gavin and Alice hope to be harvesting annually by 2022.

Long-term, they want to buy a farm they can use as an experimental hub. They also want to spread their knowledge through consultancy.

In the medium-term, Alice wants a new dining set. But it will take at least a decade to grow.

(Editing by Mike Collett-White)

UFO sighting: NASA solar satellite spots ‘alien giant doughnut UFO fleet’

The Terry’s Theories YouTube site made the extraordinary claims about a NASA photograph bearing the timestamp of December 18, 2006. The narrator Terry believes the anomalies could either be alien technology or even some form of extreme astrobiology. The ET enthusiast said: “They could be some form of flying saucers or they could even be alien entities?

“We have wild animals here on Earth and maybe space is home to living creatures of its own.

They could be some form of flying saucers or they could even be alien entities

Terry’s Theories

“Why can’t there be creatures capable of roaming outer space? It is very possible.

“Everything is science fiction until it is not.”

He also argues the “alien” anomalies may be fewer than first imagined.

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UFO sighting: A NASA Helioviewer photo purportedly shows doughnut-shaped UFOs (Image: NASA)

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NASA: A bright solar flare is captured by the EIT 195Å instrument on 1998 May (Image: NASA)

Terry said: “We appear to have six UFOs in the latest image surrounding the Sun.

“But there are, in fact, probably only one, maybe two UFOs.

“These objects are moving so fast, they give the appearance of being more. This phenomena is called ‘ghosting’.”

The NASA Helioviewer has allowed astronomers to stare at the Sun through different filters since it began operated in May 1996.

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This black circle at the centre of the photograph is the Sun, while everything around it is the solar corona.

You can see the solar anomalies in impressive detail thanks to NASA’s cutting edge photographic technology.

Terry added: “They have ringed surfaces and there is clearly a hole in their centre.

“I would imagine they are really hot, being so close to the Sun, so they must feature some feature protecting them from that heat.

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NASA: he cutaway reveals rotation speed inside the Sun (Image: NASA)

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UFO sighting: A huge cloud of hydrogen, 70 times the size of the Sun surrounds Comet Hale-Bopp (Image: NASA)

“And what are they doing there? I would imagine they are refuelling.

“A by-product of the Sun is helium-3, which can also be found on the Moon.

“And helium-3 can be converted into a fuel source, so maybe that is what’s going on here.”

“These keep popping up around the Sun and I have even found close to the Moon.”

Self-proclaimed alien life expert Scott Waring bizarrely believe the spherical anomalies are in fact a UFO “fleet”, which US space agency has attempted to cover-up.

He said: “You can clearly make out the donut shape with the whole in the middle.

“This is a common UFO seen near our sun and still has never received an explanation from NASA.

“The fact he found this going through the archives and its dated 2006 is evidence that giant UFOs have been recorded but unreported by NASA for a long time.”

The dubious “find” swiftly attracted scores of comments on YouTube.

YouTube viewer Merta Mac wrote: “Very strange and interesting. I think there are many different beings. Some like us humanoid who have craft and other beings that are crafts themselves.

And user Iron Jacket also appeared to endorse the fanciful theory, writing: “Could it be that it’s artificial intelligence from interstellar space from a collapse of civilisation or could it be our own artificial intelligence machines trying to block out or kill the Sun. China did say they want to make their own son (sic).”

Woman Sparks Apartment Fire By Burning Love Letters

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It seems this love was too hot to handle.

Police in Lincoln say a 19-year-old woman sparked an apartment fire Monday by burning love letters from her ex in her bedroom.

Police say the woman used a butane torch to burn the letters and left some of them of the floor. She then went to another room to take a nap. Police say she awoke a short time later to find the carpet on fire.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within minutes. Officials say the fire caused an estimated $4,000 in damage to the building. No one was injured.

The woman was cited for negligent burning.

Jesus Christ proof: Richard Dawkins reveals ‘convincing evidence Messiah WAS real’ 

The outspoken atheist is well-known for his criticism of creationism and released a new book titled “Outgrowing God” last week. In the text, Mr Dawkins sought to persuade readers to stop believing in the almighty like he did when he was 15. However, during his attempts, the 78-year-old presented evidence to support the Bible.

He writes: “The Roman Tacitus offers more convincing evidence for Jesus’ existence, for the backhanded reason that Tacitus has nothing good to say about Christians.

“He was writing in Latin about an event during the persecution of the early Christians by Emperor Nero.”

Tacitus was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire, considered by many to be the greatest historian of his era.

He wrote: “Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace.

“Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate.

“A most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular.”

Mr Dawkins then gave his overall opinion on the whole matter, stating Jesus was most likely real, but doubting the stories of the New Testament.

He added: “The balance of probability, according to most but not all scholars, suggest that Jesus did exist.

“Of course we’d know for sure if we could be certain the four gospels of the New Testament were historically true.

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He wrote: Before writing was invented and before scientific archaeology started, word of mouth storytelling, with all its Chinese Whispery distortions, was the only ways people learned about history.

“And it’s terribly unreliable.

“As each generation of storytellers gives way to the next, the story becomes more and more garbled.

“Eventually, history – what actually happened – becomes lost in the myths and legends.”