A document uncovered inside of the British Library in London, England, is said to hold monumental secrets about Jesus' life, including the claim that he was married to Mary Magdalene and that they had two children together.
The manuscript, which was translated by York University professor Barrie Wilson and writer Simcha Jacobovic, is said to be 1,500 years old and to have been written in Aramaic, according to the Independent.
Wilson and Jacobovic have penned a new book outlining these purported secrets called "The Lost Gospel," which promises to take readers "on an unparalleled historical adventure through a paradigm shifting manuscript."
The authors claim that this so-called "lost gospel" gives credence to past theories that Jesus was married and that he had a family during his earthly ministry — tidbits of information that are found nowhere in historical or New Testament scripture.
"There is now written evidence that Jesus was married to Mary the Magdalene and that they had children together. … Gathering dust in the British Library is a document that takes us into the missing years of Jesus’s life," the book reads in part. "According to the document that we uncovered, sometime during this period he became engaged, got married, had sexual relations, and produced children."
In a description of the "The Lost Gospel," Wilson and Jacobovic claim that the purported gospel potentially dates back to Jesus' lifetime. In addition to claiming that Christ wed Mary Magdalene and naming their alleged children, the document is said to highlight a plot against Jesus' life made 13 years before his death.
"Part historical detective story, part modern adventure 'The Lost Gospel' reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for millennia," the description claims.
As the Washington Post noted, the text, known as the "Ecclesiastical History of Zacharias Rhetor," was purchased in 1847 from an Egyptian monastery and brought to the British Museum. Scholars believed it to be insignificant, though Wilson and Jacobovic have apparently come to a very different conclusion.
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The text, they claim, was written in a code of sorts. Rather than naming Jesus and Mary Magdalene directly, it focuses on a man named Joseph and his wife Aseneth, who, according to Wilson and Jacobovic, strike a resemblance to the aforementioned biblical characters, the Washington Post reported.
According to the Daily Mail, the authors of "The Lost Gospel" believe that Joseph and Aseneth are Old Testament characters mentioned in Genesis and that Jesus' story is told through them in this apparent new gospel.
Critics are already taking aim at the book. Consider what religious studies professor Mark Goodacre of Duke University had to say about the authors' contentious claims.
"I don’t think that there is any credibility in these claims at all," he told ABC News. "There is simply no evidence in this text or anywhere else that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, much less that they had a couple of children."
Wilson and Jacobovic are scheduled to speak more about the November 12 release of "The Lost Gospel" during a press conference on Wednesday. Read more about the story here.
As TheBlaze previously reported, this isn't the first time some have theorized that Jesus was married, though there has yet to be any credible claims to corroborate the theory.
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