A newly deciphered Egyptian text, dating back almost 1,200 years, tells part of the crucifixion story of Jesus with apocryphal plot twists, some of which have never been seen before.
Written in the Coptic language, the ancient text tells of Pontius Pilate, the judge who authorized Jesus’ crucifixion, having dinner with Jesus before his crucifixion and offering to sacrifice his own son in the place of Jesus. It also explains why Judas used a kiss, specifically, to betray Jesus — because Jesus had the ability to change shape, according to the text — and it puts the day of the arrest of Jesus on Tuesday evening rather than Thursday evening, something that contravenes the Easter timeline.
Mind blown. So, as I understand this, there were fan-fiction spinoffs from the Bible? I like this version even better. Even MORE paranormal activity.
Jesus becomes invisible. He appears as an eagle in dream visions. He was either a master of disguise or could change the way he looked. Like a cuttlefish? This is awesome.
The article notes, “the discovery of the text doesn’t mean these events happened, but rather that some people living at the time appear to have believed in them.” Apocryphal stories were popular among the Egyptian Christians. So which is the correct story? The world may never know. But this version is delightful.