Recently read a news article about a 1500 year old bible found in Turkey. It's supposed to be the oldest bible to date. It is written in Syriac - a dialect of the native language of Jesus. The article mentions that the bible states Jesus was never crucified, he went to heaven alive, it calls Paul an impostor, it's supposed to be similar to Islam and it refers to Jesus as a prophet and not as the son of god. 

Thoughts? Comments? 

The relic was ‘rediscovered’ in the depositum of Ankaran Justice Palace, the ancient version of bible is believed to be written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus.

Ankara / Turkey – The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript in the bible could be about 1500 to 2000 years old.After waiting eight years in Ankara the ancient bible is being transferred to the Ankaran Ethnography Museum with a police escort.

Ancient Bible will be shown in Ankaran Ethnography Museum

The bible, whose copies are valued around 3-4 Mil. Dollars had been transferred to Ankara for safety reasons, since no owners of the ancient relic could be found.

The manuscript carries excerpts of the Bible written in gold lettering on leather and loosely strung together, with lines of Syriac script with Aramaic dialect. Turkish authorities express the bible is a cultural asset and should be protected for being worthy of a museum.

Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey

Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic – the native language of Jesus – once spoken across much of the Middle East and Central Asia. It is used wherever there are Syrian Christians and still survives in the Syrian Orthodox Church in India and a village in the vicinity of Syrian capital Damascus. Aramaic is also still used in religious rituals of Maronite Christians in Cyprus.

Experts were however divided over the provenance of the manuscript, and whether it was an original, which would render it priceless, or a fake. Other questions surround the discovery of the ancient bible, whether the smugglers had had other copies of the relic or had smuggled them from Turkey.

Vatican eyes the faith of the ancient relic

The Vatican reportedly placed an official request to examine the scripture, which was written on pages made of animal hide in the Aramaic language using the Syriac alphabet.

The copy of the ancient Bible is valued as high as 40 million Turkish Liras ( 28 Mil. Dollars)

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Comment by Dan on July 21, 2014 at 3:45pm

The article is from 2012 and nothing else has been heard since? Either way it would just be another book written by superstitious nomadic tribesmen.

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on July 21, 2014 at 4:48pm

Everybody knows that the first bible was written in American. :D

Comment by Erock68la on July 21, 2014 at 11:02pm
Maybe if it were autographed...
Comment by Emperor Milos on July 22, 2014 at 10:47am

I found an older one, and you can read it right now if you want!

Comment by H3xx on July 23, 2014 at 2:53pm

So they found an older book of fiction. Big deal.

Comment by bongani muthwa on July 25, 2014 at 6:17am

In 3000 years from now Harry Porter will be a son of god, so what? Even if they can find Moses or who ever , what is the big deal. Fiction is fiction is fiction even in Aramaic or IsiZulu

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on July 25, 2014 at 5:37pm

Any updates on this old bible?  Did the Vatican disappear it?

Comment by Ron Humphrey on July 29, 2014 at 7:59am

The "safety" of this document is certainly to be worried about.  Christians would do anything to destroy it.

Comment by steenkh on August 5, 2014 at 1:21am
What do they mean by 'Bible'? From the description of the contents, it certainly is clear that this is not a 'normal' Bible of OT and NT, and the contents of NT certainly is not a version of the contents we know today.

I also wonder about the price tag on the 'copies'. How many copies of this Bible exist?

Has the contents been published for research?


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