Barnabas’ gospel is a lengthy book written by Barnabus himself (one of the twelve apostles), in which he accounts for the life and travels of Jesus Christ. Only two manuscripts were ever found of the mysterious gospels – one in Spanish and one in Italian. Both of the manuscripts have been dated back to the late 16th century/early 17th century.
The gospel has more than a few mysterious qualities about it that have puzzled believers since the text was first found, and I intend to share them with all of you now. Let’s get into it!
Barnabus was one of the twelve apostles, tasked with recording Jesus’ tales of early life – among other things. Being a native of Cyprus, Barnabas was a Cypriot Jew who’s adventures brought him at the feet of Jesus Christ.
You can actually find a great deal about Barnabus in the Bible since he hung out with Jesus so much during the glory days. Sadly, Barnabus’ glory days were all behind him after he was brutally martyred around 62 A.D. There are actually some charms made of Barnabus’ burnt bones in some European churches.
Although Barnabus foretold of his death, the prophecy did not come true. He said he would be hung from the neck by a rope and then dragged to a specific site for burning. Fortunately for Barnabus, his companion John Mark witnessed the whole catastrophe and later burned his body in private.
However, Barnabus’ life was not meaningless. God’s people have greatly cherished his writings of Jesus Christ’s early life for thousands of years. Let’s get into what makes Barnabus’ gospel so hard to put down.
If you took all four canonical gospels and put them together, it still wouldn’t be as long as Barnabus’ gospel – that’s how much Barnabus had to say. And to be honest, it’s slightly more interesting.
A large chunk of the gospel is dedicated to accounting for Jesus’ ministry, and a lot of the stories match up perfectly with the canonical gospels. It’s quite interesting to read various writings of the same account from two different sources. It’s almost like your fact-checking, but it always checks out.
The Qur’an is actually loosely based off of Barnabus’ gospel; except for the whole part where they trade out Jesus’ name for Ahmed, which is derived from Muhammad. Interesting right? And now suddenly, all sorts of different religions come about from this gospel, and every one of them reflects the teachings of Jesus Christ in one way or another.
People knit-pick Barnabus’ gospel for inaccuracies all of the time. One of the most significant differences between Barnabus’ gospel and the Bible happens right after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Christ lays dead on the cross and (allegedly) he is stabbed with a spear by one of the apostles – to see if he was really dead.
See, when a person dies their blood slowly separates the water from your blood, causing your body to bloat with a lot more water than actual blood. His apostles were trying to see if he was really gone, and he was. In the Bible, it is told to be a sword, and in some accounts, it doesn’t even happen at all.
If you ask me, it doesn’t matter what he got stabbed with, or if he even got stabbed at all. The only important thing is that Jesus Christ and his teaching have been able to reach us God-loving Christians – and it’s all thanks to Barnabus.