The Gospel According to Peter - A Novel

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This codex was found in a grave of unknown antiquity, in which a monk had been interred. This narrative agrees in substance with the Canonical gospels, although it differs in some important details, and fills in some gaps in the Synoptic narrative. It also offers a few observations which lend a sense of imtimacy. When they had thus refused to wash their hands, Pilate got up to leave. Then King Herod ordered that the Lord be taken away, saying "Do to him as I have commanded that you do".

Standing by, Joseph, who was a friend of Pilate and of the Lord, since he knew that they were about to crucify Him , went up to Pilate and asked that he might be given the body of the Lord, for burrying.

Pilate then sent to Herod asking for His body. Herod said, "Brother Pilate, even if no one had asked for his body, we intended to bury him, since the Sabbath is close, because it is written in the Law that the sun not be allowed to set upon a man that has been deprived of his life". They took the Lord and shoved him along as they ran saying "Let's drag away this 'son of god', since we have him in our power". They dressed him in purple and set him on the seat of the Judges, saying "Judge righteously King of Israel", and one of them brought a crown made of thorns and placed it upon the Lord's head.

Some stood by and spat in His eyes and others struck his face. Some stabbed at Him with a reed and some whipped him saying "This is how we do homage to this 'son of god'". But he was quiet as though unmoved [not hurt]. When they had lifted up His cross, they wrote this title, "Behold the King of Israel". Having removed His garments, they placed them before Him and they parted them among themselves by throwing lots for them.

One of the evildoers reprimanded the guards, saying "We have suffered in this way for doing wrong, but this man, who is become mankind's Saviour, what [wrong] has he done to you to deserve this treatment? One of them said "Give him sour wine with vinegar to drink". They made this mixture, and gave it to Him to drink; in this manner they fulfilled all of the things which had been foretold, and finished the work of sin against themselves [their heads].

Many walked about their way using lamps, since they thought that it was nighttime, and so they stumbled. The Lord cried out, "My power, my power, you have left me" and when he had finished saying this he was taken up [i. At that very moment the veil of the temple of Jerusalem was torn in two. Then the sun came back out again, and it was seen again at the ninth hour. The Jews were happy, and gave His body to Joseph for burying, because he had seen the good deeds which He had done.

He took the Lord and washed Him and rolled Him up in a length of linen cloth, and brought Him to his own tomb, which was called Joseph's Garden. We were grieved, and since we were deeply upset and afraid, we hid, for we thought we were being sought out by them as evildoers [malefactors], with the accusation that we intended to set fire to the Temple. When the scribes and Pharisees and elders were gathered together, they were told that everyone was whispering and beating their breasts saying "He must have been righteous, since all these awful things happened as he was dying".

The elders were afraid, so they went to Pilate, asking and begging him, "Send guards with us, that His tomb may be guarded for three days, to prevent his disciples from stealing His body, to make the people believe that he has been raised from the dead, for they would harm us all".

Pilate Petronius the centurion, with a squad of soldiers, along with them to guard the tomb.

A Summary of the Evidence for a Second Century Date of the Gospel of Peter

Together, they [the elders and scribes] went to the tomb, and, with the soldiers assistance, they rolled a very large stone to the entrance of the tomb and placed it there. Then they sealed the tomb with seven seals, and they set up an encampment there, to stand guard. And in the night before the Lord's day, as the soldiers were on guard by two's per watch, a loud voice came from the heavens, and they saw the heavens parting, and two shining men came down and went towards the tomb.

The stone which had been placed at the entrance rolled out of the way all by itself, and made an opening for the young men, who then entered. When those soldiers saw this, they aroused the centurion and the elders, for they were there keeping guard as well. While they related the things they had seen, they [all] saw three men coming out of the tomb, two of them supporting one, and a cross following [behind] them. The first two were as tall as the heavens, but the one who was led by them was taller than the heavens. They heard a voice from the heavens saying "You have preached to those who are sleeping?

And this response was heard from the cross, "Yes" [indeed]. While they were still considering this, the heavens parted and a certain man came down and entered into the tomb. When the centurion and his companions saw this, they went quickly through the night to Pilate, leaving the tomb [unguarded] which they were watching over, and they related to him all these events which they had observed.

They were very upset, and said "Truly He was the Son of God". Pilate answered them and said, "I am totally clean from the blood of this son of god; you were the ones who meant for this to happen. They said "It would be better for us, even though we may be culpable of the greatest offence against God, not to be taken by the Jewish people and be stoned". Therefore, Pilate instructed the centurion and the soldiers to say nothing. So, she took her friends with her, and they went to the tomb where He was laid.

They were afraid that they would be seen by the Jews, and so they said, "Although when he was crucified we could not weep and lament, yet now let us us attend to his needs at his tomb. But who will roll away the stone that was placed at the entrance of the tomb to allow us to enter, and sit with him, and see to his needs?

Then they went and found that the tomb had been opened; as they approached, they looked in and saw a radiant man wearing an intensely bright robe, sitting in the middle of the tomb. He said to them, "What have you come here for? Who are you looking for? The one who was crucified? He has risen, and gone.

If you don't believe me, look in here and examine the place where was laid, and see that he is no longer here, since he is risen and gone back to the place from which he was sent". Then the women were afraid, and they ran away. But we, the Lord's twelve followers, were weeping and mourning. Then each one of us left to go to his own home, since we were grief stricken about the things which had happened. But I, Simon Peter, along with my brother Andrew, took our nets and went down to the sea.

Levi, the son of Alphaeus, went along with us; the one whom the Lord. Some of claims made Mary Magdalene are based on ancient texts that were written around the time of Gospels. Gnostic text, Apocalypse of Peter A key passage from Gnostic Gospel of Mary depicts Jesus preaching to his disciples after the resurrection, and telling them there is no such thing as sin and they should follow no rules or authority and simple look into themselves.

After delivering this he quickly departs, leaving the disciples confused and in fear. If the Savior made her worthy, who are you to reject her? Surely, the Savior loves her very well. That is why he loved her more than us. Rather it emerged from a community that recognized her importance. It had been lost and forgotten for centuries when an incomplete 5th century version of a 2nd century version was rediscovered in in Cairo.

Later other fragments of text were found and the all the know pieces were put together and translated and analyzed in The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle by Karen L. In the gnostic gospel, the Gospel of Mary, Mary Magdalene appears as a disciple, singled out by Jesus for special teachings. In this excerpt, the other disciples are discouraged and grieving Jesus' death.

Mary stands up and attempts to comfort them, reminding them that Jesus' presence remains with them.

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Peter asks her to tell them the words of Jesus which she remembers. To his surprise, she does not reminisce about past conversations with Jesus, but claims that Jesus spoke to her that very day in a vision. They wept greatly, saying, "How shall we go to the gentiles and preach the gospel of the kingdom of the Son of Man? If they did not spare him, how will they spare us?

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But rather let us praise His greatness, for He has prepared us and made us into men. Tell us the words of the Saviour which you remember - which you know but we do not, nor have we heard them. For where the mind is, there is the treasure. And desire that, 'I did not see you descending, but now I see you ascending. Why do you lie, since you belong to me? You did not see me nor recognise me. I served you as a garment, and you did not know me.

It the power questioned the soul saying, 'Where are you going? In wickedness are you bound.

Lost Gospel of Peter

But you are bound; do not judge! I was bound though I have not bound. I was not recognised. But I have recognised that the All is being dissolved, both the earthly things and the heavenly'.

The Gospel of Peter

The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven [powers] of wrath. They ask the soul, "Whence do you come, slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space? In a [world] I was released from a world, [and] in a type from a heavenly type, and from the fetter of oblivion which is transient.

From this time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of the season, of the aeon, in silence. But Andrew answered and said to the brethren, "Say what you wish to say about what she has said. I at least do not believe that the Saviour said this. For certainly these teachings are strange ideas. He questioned them about the Saviour: "Did He really speak with a woman without our knowledge and not openly? Are we to turn about and all listen to her?

Did He prefer her to us? Do you think that I thought this up myself in my heart, or that I am lying about the Saviour? Levi answered and said to Peter, "Peter, you have always been hot - tempered. Now I see you contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Saviour made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Saviour knows her very well. That is why He loved her more than us. Rather let us be ashamed and put on the perfect man and acquire him for ourselves as He commanded us, and preach the gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Saviour said.

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In , a business card-sized fragment written in Coptic— which contained a translated line that said "Jesus said to them, 'My wife …'" and also refered to a "Mary," possibly Mary Magdalene — was touted as part a long-lost, potentially earth-shattering gospel, dubbed the Gospel of Jesus's Wife, that appeared to imply that possibly Jesus was married.

Based on these findings, King and a few other scholars have argued that the text is authentic, as it could be a copy of a text written in earlier times. However, a number of scholars have noted peculiar features of the "gospel's" writing that suggest it is a modern forgery — one possibly based off a text that first appeared online in The words on the fragment, scattered across 14 incomplete lines, leave a good deal to interpretation.

The writing was in the ancient Egyptian language of Coptic, into which many early Christian texts were translated in the third and fourth centuries, when Alexandria vied with Rome as an incubator of Christian thought. But King made no claim for its usefulness as biography, saying instead the text was probably composed in Greek a century or so after the Crucifixion, then copied into Coptic two centuries later. All of this assumes, however, that the fragment is genuine, a question that as of press time was far from settled.

In , Harvard scholar Karen L. But Thursday, for the first time, King said the papyrus—which she introduced to the world in —is a probable fake. But King had placed her faith in the opinions of expert papyrologists, along with a series of carbon-dating and other scientific tests, at MIT, Harvard, and Columbia, that had turned up no signs of modern tampering or forgery. When I called her in March while reporting my Atlantic story, she said she was not interested in commenting on—or even hearing about—my findings before publication. I think the truth always makes me calm.

Taking of Christ by Caravaggio The Gospel of Judas presents a view on Judas that sharply contrasts with the portrayal of him in the Gospels.


The Gospel of Judas were written in Coptic on both sides of 13 sheets of papyri with iron gall and soot by an unknown author between A. The beliefs in it are consistent with those of the Gnostics. Jesus is portrayed as having more of mischievous side, at one point erupted into bursts of laughter over his apostles foolishness. In another passage he tells his disciples that most of them will pass into nothingness. The Judas Gospel was found in a cave near Minya in the Egyptian desert in the s and was sold to an Egyptian antiquities dealer in It languished in a bank vault in New York for 17 years before conservationists got a hold of it and, with the help of National Geographic Society, conducted a number of thorough test to assure its authenticity.

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Each of us needs to connect with God. We desire a relationship with our Creator. Each of us eventually has to come to grips with this aspect of our nature. In the painting, the figure of God reaches out to touch the figure of Adam, thus creating him. We all need to be spiritually touched by God so we may be converted into new men and women, and be created anew. For this reason, repentance and conversion are the most important things for every human.

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If you are interested in personal counsel, ministers are ready to answer questions you might have. Repentance will often result in a change of behavior, but it begins in the mind, in the heart. That change occurs in our relationship to the one, true God. It has to do with a turning away from a life in contradiction to God that is, in sin , and a turning to him in faith. When we repent, God is accomplishing his will in our lives. When we repent, we go from an old way of life apart from God sin and take on a new life based on the Creator in faith.

To repent is to be turned around, so to speak, to be remolded and transformed. Believers in Christ become converted — they become new men and women of God. Repentance is closely linked to faith — believing what God says and trusting in Christ as Savior. Repentance-conversion-faith-belief are all aspects of the same spiritual quality of mind that God must give us. He urged devout Jews to repent, become converted and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit Acts But Peter spoke about repentance and conversion — a turning to God — in a surprising way.

First, he did not tell his audience that they had to change their lives in terms of obeying the law of Moses more diligently and accurately. The people listening to Peter were Jews who already worshiped God and obeyed the law verse 5. Most of these devout Jews did not need to repent of what we commonly think of as corrupt, immoral behavior.

They were what we might call good, church-going, religious folks. Externally, not much. It was a change of mind regarding Jesus, not a change in behavior. He asked them to enter into a new relationship with Jesus as their resurrected Savior. He began by pointing his hearers to Jesus Christ, whom he said they had rejected and their leaders had killed verses This was the basis of their guilt and sin.

Throughout the sermon, Peter hammered away at one point: Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and people must put their faith in him. What they were to repent of was their rejection of Jesus as Messiah and Savior. Peter called on his listeners to believe in Jesus Christ and to place total faith in him as their Savior. The apostles and evangelists always pointed people to Jesus Christ and the resurrection. Apostles such as Peter encouraged people to understand Jesus as the One who saves. In this, they were following their Master himself, who spoke often of the need to follow him, to become Christlike.

People were to follow and trust Jesus at all costs. The choice of allegiance has always been between Jesus and everything that makes up our world. To make the right choice — to accept Jesus and crucify the self — was to repent. When we are called to repent, we are not primarily confronted with changing a doctrine, a belief or cultural practice although our commitment to Christ often leads to that as well. More importantly, we are faced with the living Christ himself. We are called to come to Christ and to allow him to transform our lives. But Jesus did not call for merely a singular dramatic event.

He asked for much more. We can see this if we again look at the devout Jews who repented and became Christians in the first century. They had to accept an important reality: They needed to recognize that God had acted in history in Jesus. The person willing to acknowledge this as a life-changing fact is converted by God through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

That person now has a new ongoing loyalty — an allegiance to the triune God, who in the person of Jesus Christ became our Savior. Have you experienced a repentance and conversion in Christ? Have you come to Christ in faith?