Jesus 'married Mary Magdalene and had children', according to ancient manuscriptLONDON: An ancient manuscript in the vaults of the British library is all set to change history.
Jesus married the prostitute Mary Magdalene and had children, according to a manuscript almost 1,500 years old unearthed at the British Library.
The so-called "Lost Gospel", which has been translated from Aramaic, allegedly reveals the startling new allegations, according to The Sunday Times.
Professor Barrie Wilson and writer Simcha Jacobovic spent months translating the text, which they claim states Jesus had two children and the original Virgin Mary was Jesus's wife and not his mother.
The writers say they spent six years working on the book. Their arguments are based on an ancient manuscript dating back nearly 1,500 years, one they say they found in a British library, translating the text from an Aramaic dialect into English
Many experts have downplayed the biblical figure's historical importance but, according to the translators of the new gospel, she is of much greater significance than previously thought.
Mary Magdalene already features in the existing gospels and is present at many of the important moments recorded in Jesus's life.
"The Lost Gospel" is not the first to claim that Jesus married Mary Magdalene.
Mary Magdalene has already been recorded in important moments of Jesus's life. Dan Brown in "The Da Vinci Code" made the same claim that Jesus married Mary Magdalene.
Further revelations from the book, including the names of Jesus's children, will be released on Wednesday.
The publisher, Pegasus, has confirmed the press conference will go ahead as planned.
The Lost Gospel by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson is published on Wednesday by Pegasus Books. To buy the book for £16.19 — 10 per cent off the usual price — plus free P&P, go to www.mailbookshop.co.uk Offer ends on November 25. The Lost Gospel will also be part of a documentary shown on the Science Channel in December.
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