The 1,500 Year Old ‘Bible’ and Muslim Propaganda

| March 1, 2012 | Comments (11)
A Bible which is dated from about 1,500 years

A Bible which is dated from about 1,500 years

Much has been made of the recent discovery in Turkey of a Bible purported to be written in the Aramaic language, 1,500 years ago. The Muslim media, as well as Western media outlets, quickly pounced on this, claiming this Bible contains verses attributed to Jesus Christ, in which Christ predicts the coming of Muhammad. No media outlet has published a facsimile of these verses.

This “Bible” is written on leather in gold letters. The picture of the front cover show inscriptions in Aramaic and a picture of a cross.

For any native speaker of Modern Assyrian (also known as neo-Aramaic), and that would be your average Assyrian today, the inscription is easily read. The bottom inscription, which is the most clearly visible from the published photos, says the following:

Transliteration: b-shimmit maran paish kteewa aha ktawa al idateh d-rabbaneh d-dera illaya b-ninweh b’sheeta d-alpa w-khamshamma d-maran

Translation: In the name of our Lord, this book is written on the hands of the monks of the high monastery in Nineveh, in the 1,500th year of our Lord.

Nineveh is the ancient Assyrian capital and is located in present-day north Iraq, near Mosul.

There are spelling errors that are immediately noticeable.

The first word, b’shimmit maran (“in the name of our Lord”), is erroneously spelled with a ‘t’ instead of a ‘d’. The ‘d’ in Assyrian is the genitive, and it prefixes the word that follows. It should read b-shimma d-maran, not b-shimmit maran (note, the last word of the sentence is correctly spelled d-maran (“of our Lord”)).

The first word also contains another spelling error. The correct spelling for “name” in Assyrian is ashma, with the initial ‘a’ being silent. Therefore, when correctly spelled, ‘in the name of our Lord” should be written as b-ashma d-maran.

The word idateh is misspelled, it should end with an ‘a’, idata. Also the phrase al idateh (“on the hands”) is incorrect, it should read b-idata (“by the hands”).

The bottom sentence uses the word ktawa (“book”) to refer to the book, but in Assyrian the Bible is never referred to as a “book.” One says awreta (Old Testament), khdatta (New Testament), or ktawa qaddeesha (holy book). Given this, since no one has seen the inside of this “Bible,” we cannot be sure if it is in fact a Bible.

Most significantly, this writing is in Modern Assyrian, which was standardized in the 1840s. The first bible in Modern Assyrian was produced in 1848. If this book were written in 1500 A.D. it should have been written in Classical Assyrian.

It is highly unlikely for monks to make such elementary mistakes. It remains to be seen whether this book is a forgery, or even what kind of book it is.

The bottom inscription also says the book was written in 1500 A.D.. If the book does contain verses predicting the coming of Muhammad, it is no great accomplishment to predict something 870 years after the fact, since Muhammad founded Islam in 630 A.D..

Most media outlets, as well as Muslim and Christian outlets, lead the story with headlines pronouncing “1500 year old Bible predicts the coming of Muhammad” — without any evidence to support this.

For Muslims, the implications of the headlines are desirable, that Jesus Christ is a Prophet, just like Muhammad, and not the Son of God. According to Al Bawaba, the Turkish culture and tourism minister, Ertugrul Gunay, said “In line with Islamic belief, the Gospel [this Bible] 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.”

Commenting on the errors in the book, Al Bawaba says in another article:

For example, the book says that there are nine heavens and that the tenth is paradise while in Quran they are seven only and claims that Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus without any pain while the Quran story says she got labor pains. 

According to the gospel, Jesus said to Jewish priests that he is not the Messiah and that the Messiah is Mohammed. This means a denial of the existence of a Messiah, who is in fact Jesus Christ, and makes Jesus and Mohammed seem like they are one and the same person.

The book also contains information that lack historical credibility like the presence of three armies, each made up of 200,000 soldiers, in Palestine whereas the entire population of Palestine 2,000 years ago did not even reach 200,000. In addition, Palestine was occupied by the Romans at the time and it is impossible that Palestine was allowed to have any army or armies of its own.

The last sentence in chapter 217 says that 100 pounds of stones were placed on Christ’s body. This confirms that the gospel was written quite recently because the first to use the pound as a unit of weight was the Ottomans in their experiments with Italy and Spain and it was never known during the time of Jesus.

Chapter 20 also stated that the cities of Jerusalem and Nazareth are sea ports.


This same article ends with “According to many studies, the gospel attributed to St. Barnabas was written by a European Jew in the Middle Ages who was quite familiar with the Quran and the Gospels. He, thus, mixed facts from here and there and his intentions remain unknown.”

But despite the availability of information on this “Bible,” most media outlets, Muslims, liberal and secular organizations have portrayed this discovery as something that undermines Christianity, ignoring the many problems with this book and presenting it as virtual fact. In fact, in their zeal to support the anti-Christian narrative, they have withheld or suppressed information questioning the authenticity of this book. For these organizations and individuals, this is another tool in their arsenal for the attack on the foundations of Christian doctrine.


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  • Rebbeca

    Interesting because – Jesus did say that in the last days – someone will say that I am he and he is not.

    It reminds me of this push to remake Muhammad into Jesus.

    A man who practised stoning, had relations with children and even [as the Hadiths recall] relations with a deceased woman. [A fatwa was issued in Morocco recently [early 2011] to give permission for the same.]

    He encouraged rape of captive women, even when his men were reluctant to, [read: showed humanity] in front of their husbands. A Koran verse was the ‘revealed’ to him.

    Hadith & Koran Verse:

    The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives.

    Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: (Sura 4:24) “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” (Abu Dawud 2150, also Muslim 3433)””

    This man was no Christ – on the cross or not!

    Genghis Khan would have been preferable – if we had to choose. At least he respected youth in allowing them to marry each other.

    Muhammad brought back the law – which Jesus spoke out against or sought to moderate. Likely Muhammad would have tried to kill Jesus if they were alive at the same time. And likely Jesus would have forgiven him.

    Muhammad is of the Kaaba religion of Mecca. For 700 years before Islam his family the Quraish controlled the Kaaba. At its center, as today a Black stone – were many Gods and Goddesses worshipped, among them – his three daughters Allat, Manat and al Uzza. [Koran 53:19]

    That’s the real story and why they want to kill Salman Rushdie. That is a Satanic Verse.

    Muhammad was reportedly an epileptic – and received many of his Koranic messages after a fit. Once after having a fit, the people said they knew he was the prophet, by the boil on the back of his neck! [As recorded in the Islamic Hadiths]

    • Youssef

      Thank you for your comment u have made and have made some good points, or mission is to reveal truth to nations of North Africa, and the Muslim world.

      Keep up the good work with your research and please keep posting as I enjoy reading them.

      May the Lord bless you


  • Helene

    This is exactly something I must find more information about, thank you for the article.

  • Stuart Parsons

    If it was 15 million years old it would make no difference. Unless of course someone does have VERIFIABLE evidence for the actual existence of Jehovah, Dear old bloodthirsty Allah or Jesus’s dad ?????

  • Proud Christian

    No amount of talk about Mohammed being the ‘true prophet’ will ever make me embrace honour killings, polygamy, hijab, paedophilia, rape or violence. I will never ever forgive Mohammed for what he did to the Jewish tribes and Aisha. What does it mean for humanity if people want to accept that a God or any God – thinks paedophilia, rape and pillaging are good things? Who is the good guy, if God condones such things. It’s utterly pathetic, whilst the Muslims can contend that God is a pervert, I’m prepared to risk going to hell and say that – no, I think God is actually trying to work for good in this world – and he doesn’t approve of child marriages, rape, honour killings or violence against non-believers.

  • دومين

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  • Marcellus

    Opposites attract.

  • веды религия

    Wow, superb blog format! How lengthy have you been running a blog for? you make running a blog look easy. The total look of your web site is magnificent, let alone the content!

  • SnowBunnyInfidel

    I read about this stupid fake bible.  It isn’t dated from 1,500 years, it has the DATE of the year of our Lord 1500.  So from the year 1500, making it 500 years old (if that) and that the style of writing is filled with mistakes, and words that weren’t used until 200 years ago, stuff like that.

    A very tragically FAKE forgery of something they made up.

  • Ray Quest

    rebbeca can u provide me with the material for reference pls

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