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Gospel of Barnabas

Cover of: The gospel of Barnabas by edited and translated from the Italian ms. in the Imperial library at Vienna by Lonsdale and Laura Ragg.

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The Commandment of Jesus Christ about Barnabas!“If he comes un to you, receive him”(New Testament;Clossians;4:10). 
Barnabas, one of the closest disciples of Jesus is considered as the author of Epistle to Hebrews, Epistle of Barnabas; his Acts and His Gospel. All the Gospels except four were ordered to be destroyed in 325 C.E. However the Gospel of Jesus’ according to Barnabas survived. In 383 C.E, the Pope secured a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas and kept it in his private library. It was again prohibited by the Pope in 496 C.E, because it does not support the doctrines of Christianity, though the four canonical gospels do the same but provide some leverage to extract desired meanings to some. This Gospel was taken out of library of Pope in 16th century.
Initial five censures after Jesus were full of turmoil, [though it continued and resurfaced in 16th century and later]. There was a tussle between the Trinitarians and Monotheists (Unitarian, who consider Jesus to be a human, prophet and not divine). The ‘The Gospel of Jesus’ by Barnabas was accepted as a Canonical Gospel in the Churches of Alexandria till 325 C.E, which openly support the  Monotheists (Unitarian) doctrines of Christianity as opposed to Trinitarians.
Any rationalist and pragmatic individual who want to use his reason to find the truth and do not like to be pushed to accept any irrational doctrines, has a right to look at the document which despite all out efforts, survives. This will enable an individual to rationally accept or reject any doctrine. Hence this Gospel is presented with the research paper, to present the balanced view, to read without prejudice.
Gospel of Barnabas:
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Gospel of Barnabas:

Analysis
This work clearly contradicts the New Testament biblical accounts of Jesus and his ministry but has strong parallels with the Islamic faith, not only mentioning Muhammad by name, but including the shahadah (chapter 39). It is strongly anti-Pauline and anti-Trinitarian in tone. In this work, Jesus is described as a prophet and not the son of God,[31] while Paul is called "the deceived." Furthermore, the Gospel of Barnabas states that Jesus escaped crucifixion by being raised alive to heaven, while Judas Iscariot the traitor was crucified in his place. These beliefs—in particular, that Jesus is a prophet of God and raised alive without being crucified—conform to or resemble Islamic teachings which say that Jesus is a major prophet who did not die on the cross but was taken alive by angels to God (Allah).
Other passages, however, conflict with the teachings of the Qur'an—as, for instance, in the account of the Nativity, where Mary is said to have given birth to Jesus without pain or as in Jesus's ministry, where he permits the drinking of wine and enjoins monogamy—though the Qur'an acknowledges each prophet had a set of their own laws that might differ in some aspects from each other. Other examples include that hell will only be for the committers of the seven deadly sins (Barnabas: 4-44/135), anyone who refuses to be circumcised will not enter paradise (Barnabas 17/23), that God has a soul (Barnabas 6/82), that there are 9 heavens (Barnabas 3/105).
If the Gospel of Barnabas is seen as an attempted synthesis of elements from both Christianity and Islam, then 16th and 17th century parallels can be suggested in Morisco and anti-Trinitarian writings. [wikipedia]

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