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How the Gospel of Barnabas Survived?

The sections of this article are:

1-  How the Gospel survived?
2-  More additions from brother Adeel Khan.

 

 

 

1-  How the Gospel survived?

The following information was taken from the Book:

The Gospel of Barnabas
Iman Muhammad Armiya Nu'man
Publishers Group
ISBN: 1-881316-15-7

You can buy it from www.amazon.com.

I will try to add more references to beef up this article in the near future, insha'Allah (if Allah Almighty is Willing).




The Gospel of Barnabas was accepted as a Canonical Gospel in the Churches of Alexandria till 325 A.D.

Iranaeus (130-200) wrote in support of pure monotheism and opposed Paul for injecting into Christianity doctrines of the pagan Roman religion and Platonic philosophy.  He had quoted extensively from the Gospel of Barnabas in support of his views.  This shows that the Gospel of Barnabas was in circulation in the first and second centuries of Christianity.

In 325 A.D., the Nicene Council was held, where it was ordered that all original Gospels in Hebrew script should be destroyed.  An Edict was issued that anyone in possession of these Gospels will be put to death.

In 383 A.D., the Pope secured a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas and kept it in his private library.

In the fourth year of Emperor Zeno (478 A.D.), the remains of Barnabas were discovered and there was found on his breast a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas written by his own hand. (Acia Sanctorum Boland Junii Tom II, Pages 422 and 450. Antwerp 1698).  The famous Vulgate Bible appears to be based on this Gospel.

Pope Sixtus (1585-90) had a friend, Fra Marino.  He found the Gospel of Barnabas in the private library of the Pope.  Fra Marino was interested because he had read the writings of Iranaeus where Barnabas had been profusely quoted.  The Italian manuscript passed through different hands till it reached "a person of great name and authority" in Amsterdam, "who during his life time was often heard to put a high value to this piece".   After his death it came in the possession of J.E. Cramer, a Councilor of the King of Prussia.  In 1713 Cramer presented this manuscript to the famous connoisseur of books, Prince Eugene of Savoy.  In 1738 along with the library of the Prince it found its way into Hofbibliothek in Vienna.  There it now rests.

Toland, in his "Miscellaneous Works" (published posthumously in 1747), in Vol. I, page 380, mentions that the Gospel of Barnabas was still extant.  In Chapter XV he refers to the Glasian Decree of 496 A.D. where "Evangelium Barnabe" is included in the list of forbidden books.  Prior to that it had been forbidden by Pope Innocent in 465 A.D. and by the Decree of the Western Churches in 382 A.D.

Barnabas is also mentioned in the Stichometry of Nicephorus Serial No. 3, Epistle of Barnabas...Lines 1, 300.  Then again in the list of sixty Books

  • Serial No. 17. Travels and teaching of the Apostles.
  • Serial No. 18. Epistle of Barnabas.
  • Serial No. 24. Gospel According to Barnabas.
  • A Greek version of the Gospel of Barnabas is also found in a solitary fragment.   The rest is burnt.  A photo of the fragment is given below.

    <the photo will be available in the future insha'Allah, if GOD Almighty is Willing>

    The Latin text was translated into English by Mr. and Mrs. Ragg and was printed at the Clarendon Press in Oxford.  It was published by the Oxford University Press in 1907.   This English translation mysteriously disappeared from the market.  Two copies of this translation are known to exist, one in the British Museum and the other in the Library of the Congress, Washington.  The first edition was from a micro-film copy of the book in the Library of the Congress, Washington, which was received through the courtesy of a friend in U.S.A.

     

     

    2-  More additions from brother Adeel Khan:

    The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church asserts:

    Gospel of Barnabas was declared a rejected book in the Decretum Gelasianum by Pope Gelasius [Pope of Rome 492-96]. According to E. Von Dobschutz, it is a private compilation which was composed in Italy (but not at Rome) in the early sixth century.
       
      
    Mr. Sale in his preface "To the Reader" of his translation of the meanings of the verses of the noble Qur'an says:
      
    " the discoverer of the original M.S., who was a Christian monk called Fra Marino, tells us that having accidentally met with a writing of Irenaeus (among others), wherein Irenaeus spoke against Paul, alleging, for his authority, the Gospel of St. Barnabas, he became exceedingly desirous of finding an existing copy of this Gospel, and that God of His mercy, having made Fra Marino an intimate friend of Pope Sixtus V, (pope 1585-1590), one day, as they were together in the Pope's library, his holiness fell asleep, and the monk, to occupy himself, reaching down for a book to read, the very first he laid his hand on proved to be the very Gospel history that he was seeking. Overjoyed at the discovery, he scrupled not to hide his prize discovery in his sleeve; and, on the Pope's awakening, took to leave of him carrying with him that celestial treasure, by reading of which he became a convert to Muhammedanism"
     
         
    In 478AD, the fourth year of Emperor Zeno, the remains of Barnabas were discovered and there was found on his breast a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas written by his own hand.

    Acia Sanctorum Borland Junii Tom II, pages 422 and 450. Antwerp 1698

     

     

     

     

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