The Ministry of Culture of Turkey revealed that a rare copy of a 1,500-year-old Bible was found written in Aramaic language and Syriac alphabet, indicating that Jesus (peace be upon him) predicted that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was coming to earth after him.
Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertuğrul Günay: “The value of the book is estimated to be around $ 22 million, which contains the prophecy of Christ about the coming of Prophet Muhammad, but the Christian church proceeded to hide it over the past years for its similarity with what came in the Quran about it,” as quoted by El-Ahram Gate.
The British newspaper “Daily Mail” reported that the event deeply concerns the Vatican, where Pope Benedict XVI requested to preview the book, which has remained in the shadows for more than 12 years.
The content of this version of the Bible corresponds to the Islamic ideas, which describes Jesus as a human and not a God to worship, Islam rejects the Holy Trinity and Christ’s crucifixion, and that Jesus predicted the coming of Prophet Muhammad after him.
It is written in this newly found copy of the Bible that Jesus told a priest asked who his successor, he said: “Muhammad is his holy name, descending from Ismail the father of Arabs.”
Günay said that the Vatican had formally requested to preview the book, which became in the possession of the Turkish authorities, after his disappearance in 2000 in the Mediterranean region in Turkey. According to media, the Bible was seized from a gang smuggling artifacts during a police operation in southern Turkey in 2010.
The gang was reportedly convicted of smuggling various items seized during the operation, including the Bible, and all the artifacts were kept in a safe at an Ankara courthouse. The Bible was recently handed over to the care of the Ankara Ethnography Museum.
The Holy Quran says in verse 6 of Surat Elsaf: And when Jesus son of Mary said, “O Children of Israel, I am God’s Messenger to you, confirming what preceded me of the Torah, and announcing good news of a messenger who will come after me, whose name is Ahmad.” But when he showed them the miracles, they said, “This is obvious sorcery.”.)
Protestant pastor Ihsan Ozbek said to “Zaman” the Turkish newspaper: “The copy of the Bible most likely dates back to one of the followers of St. Barnabas as it is written in the fifth or sixth century, while St. Barnabas lived in the first century AD for being one of the apostles of Christ”
St. Barnabas is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Church, an early Christian later named an apostle.
As explained by Professor of Theology Ömer Faruk Hermann: “The scientific examination of the hand written book will enable us to closely detect the actual age of the copy to be able to determine whether it was actually written by St. Barnabas, or one of his followers”.