The Lost Gospel: Truth or Fiction?

Claim #1: “This ‘lost gospel’ is the true history of Jesus.”

According to Jacobovici and Wilson, the allegory of Joseph and Aseneth “is at least as authoritative” as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. If so, we would expect it to be supported by other ancient manuscripts dated close to the time of Christ. So how does its credibility compare with the New Testament manuscripts about Jesus?[12]

  • Although the authors speculate that the “lost gospel” is a copy of an earlier Christian manuscript, there simply aren’t any earlier manuscripts of the text. Cargill notes, “only hopeful speculation pushes the Syriac version of this text back to earlier centuries.”[13]
  • Yet over 24,000 ancient New Testament manuscripts exist (5,600 in the original Greek), some as early as the second century (see
  • Additionally, over 36,000 letters and documents outside of the New Testament confirm Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection.
  • The earliest copies of New Testament manuscripts date from as early as 125 A. D, whereas the Syriac manuscript is dated 570 A. D., around 450 years later. Dating is an extremely important factor in determining a manuscript’s authenticity.
  • Christian leaders who knew the apostles write of them as the authors of the New Testament. No such claim is possible for the “lost gospel.”

The manuscript evidence for the New Testament is so strong that Professor of law John Warwick Montgomery stated,

No documents of the ancient period are as well attested bibliographically as the New Testament.[14]

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