Shape-shifting Jesus spent his last supper with Pontius Pilate


Shape-shifting Jesus spent his last supper with Pontius Pilate, claims  just-deciphered 1,200-year-old Egyptian manuscript

  • Claim explains why Judas used a kiss to  betray Jesus, since he could have transformed to foil any attempt at  description
  • Manuscript also claims that Pontius Pilate  offered his own son for crucifixion in place of the Messiah – but Jesus  declined

By  Damien Gayle  UK Daily Mail

(Just when you thought you had heard it all…ED)

A 1,200-year-old Egyptian manuscript tells  the story of the crucifixion with incredible plot twists – including the  revelation that Jesus could change shape.

The ancient illuminated text’s claim explains  why Judas used a kiss to betray Jesus, since the Christian Messiah had the  ability to transform his appearance.

It also claims Jesus in fact spent his last  supper with the man who ordered his execution, Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, who  is said to have offered to sacrifice his own son in Jesus’ place.


Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’: A newly  deciphered manuscript claims Jesus could change shape at will and in fact had  his last supper with Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who sentenced him to  death

And it defies the official Easter timeline by  putting the day of Jesus’ arrest on Tuesday evening, rather than the canonically  agreed Thursday.

The translation from the original Coptic has  been revealed for the first time in a new book by Roelof van den Broek, emeritus  professor of the History of Christianity at Utrecht University in the  Netherlands.


In the commonly-accepted Bible story it is  claimed that the apostle Judas agrees to betray Jesus in exchange for cash, then  kissed him to reveal his identity.


A recently  uncovered fragment of ancient papyrus makes the explosive suggestion that Jesus  and Mary Magdalene were man and wife, researchers say.

The 8cm by 4cm  fragment supports an undercurrent in Christian thought that undermines centuries  of Church dogma by suggesting the Christian Messiah was not  celibate.

The centre of the  fragment contains the bombshell phrase where Jesus, speaking to his disciples,  says ‘my wife’, which researchers believe refers to Magdalene.

Enlarge   The small, ancient script that claims Jesus had a wife In the text, Jesus  appears to be defending her against some criticism, saying ‘she will be my  disciple’. Two lines later he then tells the disciples: ‘I dwell with  her.’

If genuine, the  document casts doubt on a centuries old official representation of Magdalene as  a repentant whore and overturns the Christian ideal of sexual  abstinence.

However,  since the papyrus emerged last November, scholars have queued up to cast doubt  on its authenticity.

The newly-deciphered text explains that, far  from a sign of affection or guilt, the kiss was Judas’ way of forestalling any  shapeshifting confusion.

‘The Jews said to Judas: How shall we arrest  him [Jesus], for he does not have a single shape but his appearance changes.  Sometimes he is ruddy, sometimes he is white, sometimes he is red, sometimes he  is wheat coloured, sometimes he is pallid like ascetics, sometimes he is a  youth, sometimes an old man…’ it reads.

For a man who could walk on water, raise the  dead, feed 5,000 people with just a single loaf of bread and a fish, and turn  water into wine, such abilities are perhaps unsurprising.

But shapeshifting is not the only superpower  the ancient manuscript attributes to Jesus – it also says that he could even  turn himself invisible.

It claims that on the night before his  crucifixion, Jesus ate dinner with Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who decided  his sentence – who, it is said, remarkably offered his son to be crucified in  place of the Messiah.

Jesus declined the offer, explaining that if  he could escape from his fate if he wanted to.

‘Pilate, then, looked at Jesus and, behold,  he became incorporeal: He did not see him for a long time,’ the text  says.

Later that night, according to the  manuscript, Pilate and his wife dreamed of an eagle representing Jesus being  killed.

The incredible text, which is thought  to be  some 1,200 years old, is written in the name of St Cyril of  Jerusalem,  although, Professor van den Broek says, it was probably  written by someone  else.

Back then it was looked after by monks at the  Monastery of St Michael in the desert of north-west Egypt, south of  Cairo.

The text was rediscovered in 1910 and, the  following year, it was bought  along with other manuscripts by the wealthy Wall  Street financier JP  Morgan.

Morgan’s collections were later given to the  public and they are now kept in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York  City.

A scene from the film 'The Passion of the Christ': The new manuscript offers a very different account of the days and events leading up to the death of Jesus from the conventional one given by the BibleA scene from the film ‘The Passion of the Christ’: The  new manuscript offers a very different account of the days and events leading up  to the death of Jesus from the conventional one given by the Bible

Professor van den Broek told LiveScience that  the Bible was already canonised in Egypt by the time the text was written, but  that such apocryphal stories nevertheless remained popular among  believers.

He said he was not convinced that the monk  who wrote down the story necessarily believed all the details in it, ‘but some  details, for instance the meal [Pontius Pilate had] with Jesus, he may have  believed to have really happened.’

‘The people of that time, even if they were  well-educated, did not have a critical historical attitude,’ he added. ‘Miracles  were quite possible, and why should an old story not be true?’

Professor van den Broek’s book, Pseudo-Cyril  of Jerusalem on the Life and the Passion of Christ, is out now, published by  Brill.

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