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Mary Magdalene The Unsuspected Truth (Part XXXII)

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The so-called “Lost Gospel” 

  • And what about The Lost Gospel recently published in the UK?
    • The Lost Gospel? Another bad joke! ... The title of this essay is deliberately ambiguous: one would have us believe that a lost Gospel was recently discovered. But this is not the case.
  • What is it exactly?
    • There is indeed a manuscript but, on the one hand, it is not a gospel but rather a midrashic novel: the Syriac version of the apocrypha entitled Joseph and Aseneth (or Asenath) which is kept in the British Museum. Above all, its content has been known, published and even translated for a long time ...
  • So, there is absolutely nothing new?
    • Nothing except the whimsical hypothesis of two sensationalist essayists. The Novel of Asenath only tells the love story between Joseph, the son of Jacob/Israel, and an Egyptian woman, Asenath, “the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On”. From their union two children are born: Ephraim and Manasseh ...
  • The two sons of Joseph who were blessed by Jacob before he died?
    • The same two boys.
  • And what is the hypothesis put forward by the authors of The Lost Gospel?
    • “What the Vatican feared — and what Dan Brown only suspected — has come true!”, say the authors about their alleged discovery. According to them, the names Joseph and Asenath are code names for Jesus and Mary Magdalene ...
  • So, nothing reliable then ...
    • Nothing, since the conversion of Asenath to the “true God”, that is to say – at the time of writing this text – to “Judaism”, is clearly the real issue of this midrashic novel ...
  • Just another baseless hypothesis ...
    • It is as you say. Especially since now we have acquired the certainty that there has never been any tradition, whether in the Early Church or outside of it, saying that Mary of Magdala was the wife of Jesus. While it is possible, however, to cite dozens of (authentic) Christian and non-Christian handwritten witnesses, which very clearly present Mary of Magdala and the mother of Jesus as one and the same woman.
  • I understand. In contrast to the banality of facts, sensational theories strike the imagination so strongly that one wants to believe them.
    • Excellently observed. But remember this sentence from André-Marie Ampère that says: “Do not conform your ideas to those of the world if you want them to conform to the truth.” Perhaps we should finally stop seeking to ignite the imagination with supposed hidden documents or so-called forbidden, even inviolate libraries. Here is the “truth”: the vast majority of the documents are already there, available, at your fingertips and ready for analysis. Provided, of course, that we have the capacity and are willing to take the trouble to do so ...

Mary Magdalene

The Unsuspected Truth


Mary Magdalene

The Unsuspected Truth

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