Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The fake "Gospel of Barnabas", also passed off by the international media as a document found, is "a book full of also historical and geographical errors, the work of a forger", and has no value and no useful advice for life today. These are the considerations expressed by Patriarch Tawadros II on the volume that was found in May 2012 in the building of Justice in Ankara. The harsh criticism without appeal was pronounced by the Primate of the Orthodox Coptic Church during his catechesis on Wednesday 24 June, dedicated to the figure of St. Barnabas, the disciple who became a Christian after Pentecost.
In the manuscript, with pages in leather and gold letters, which the Turkish authorities presented to the world and apparently written 1500-2000 years ago, some pages written in Syriac were presented as a new Gospel attributed to the apostle Barnabas. In those pages, among other things, we read that Jesus was not Crucified, who ascended to heaven alive as a prophet and not as the Son of God, that Judas Iscariot was crucified in his place, and above all, that Jesus predicted the coming of Muhammad. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 25/06/2015)