Gospel of the Nazoreans

In 1870, an Aramaic manuscript entitled "The Gospel of the Nazirenes" was discovered, translated and published.
It was hidden for centuries in a Tibetan monastery.

Some scholars have boldly declared that this legendary Gospel of the Nazirenes, later to be known as the Gospel of the Holy Twelve, is nothing less than the long-lost original Gospel which, legend holds, was collectively written by the actual 12 apostles in the period immediately following Christ's death, and upon which all of the Biblical synoptic Gospels are based. (See Gospels.)

>Is that true?
Who knows?
However, it's fascinating to read this "lost gospel": Click here

The "Nazirenes" (or Nazarenes or Nazareans) were the followers of Jesus (or Yeshua or Yahushua).
Jesus, or Yeshua as he is called in this gospel, was called the Nazarene: his parents were from the city of Nazareth.

See also:
http://www.gospelofthenazirenes.com
http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/gospelnazoreans.html
http://www.geocities.com/paulntobin/nazarenes.html
http://www.gospel-mysteries.net/nazarenes.html
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/alexander_a/canon.iv.xviii.v.html


Excerpts: Gospel of the Nazirenes

  • Matthew 10:34
    Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
    For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
    and a man's foes will be those of his own household.

    Nazirenes 17:14
    Verily I have come to send peace upon earth. But when I speak, notice a sword follows. I have come to unite, but notice, a man will be at variance with his father, the daughter with her mother, and the daughter-in-law with her mother-in-law. And a man's foes will be those of his own household.
Matthew 6:9

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Nazirenes 19:3
Our Father-Mother who are above and within,
Hallowed be your sacred name in twofold trinity.
In wisdom, love and equity, your kingdom come to all;
Your Will be done, as in Heaven so in Earth.
Our bread of the morrow give us this day, and the fruit of the living vine.
As you forgive us our trespasses,
so may we forgive others who trespass against us.
Show upon us your goodness, that to others we may show the same.
In the hour of temptation, deliver us from evil. "
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory;
From the Ages of ages, now and to the Ages of ages. Amen.
  • Nazirenes 6:13
    When He was eighteen years old, Yeshua was married to Miriam, a virgin of the tribe of Judah with whom He lived seven years. She died.
    God took Miriam that Yeshua might go on to do higher things, and to suffer for the sons and daughters of men.

>Miriam? Is that the same as "Mary"?
The English name Mary is the transliteration of the Greek name Maria or Mariam, which in turn is the transliteration of the Hebrew name Miriam.
Miriam of Magdala is often identified with Mary Magdalene. Apparently, "Mary", the mother of Jesus, was also "Miriam".
Miriam of Magdala had no last name but was given the name of the town where she was born: Magdala, a small fishing village on the Sea of Galilee.
Though Mary Magdalene is often portrayed as a "sinner" and "prostitute", there is no mention of this in the New testament.
However, Mary Magdalene is the one whom Jesus is said to have "cast out seven devils".
This may simply mean that she was ill and he made her well.
Note, too, that Mary Magdalene was from Bethany (near Jerusalem, where she lived with her sister Martha and brother Lazarus who Jesus "raised from the dead") so was often called "Mary of Bethany".

>So, are they the same "Mary" ... or not?
It seems unlikely that the above reference to:
"Miriam, a virgin of the tribe of Judah with whom He lived seven years. She died"
was the same Mary Magdalene in the New Testament ... but how would I know?

  • Nazirenes 46.7 And Yeshua said to them, "Behold a new law I give to you, which is not new but old.
    Even as Moses gave the Ten Commandments to Israel after the flesh , so also I give to you the twelve for the kingdom of Israel after the spirit."
    1. You Shall not take away the life of any creature for your pleasure, nor for your profit, nor yet torment it.
    2. You Shall not steal the goods of any, nor gather lands and riches to yourselves, beyond your need or use.
    3. You shall not eat the flesh , nor drink the blood of any slaughtered creature, not yet anything which brings disorder to your health or senses.
    4. You shall not make impure marriages, where love and health are not, nor yet corrupt yourselves, or any creature made pure by the holy.
    5. You shall not bear false witness against any, nor willfully deceive any by a lie to hurt them.
    6. You shall not do to others, as you would not that others should do to you.
    7. You shall worship One eternal, the Father-Mother in heaven, of whom are all things, and reverence the holy name.
    8. You shall revere your fathers and your mothers on earth, whose care is for you, and all the teachers of righteousness.
    9. You shall cherish and protect the weak, and those who are oppressed, and all creatures that suffer wrong.
    10. You shall work with your hands the things that are good and seemly; so will you eat the fruits of the earth, and live long in the land.
    11. You will purify yourselves daily and rest the seventh day from labor, keeping holy the Sabbath and the festivals of your God.
    12. You shall do to others, as you would that others should do to you.

>I notice that there are six Thou shall and six Thou shall not.
Yes, and a commandment that decries the killing of animals for pleasure ... and eating meat.

>And what's that "Father-Mother in heaven"?
Many gospels give a greater role to females ... something my wife appreciates.  

  • Nazirenes 66:10 ... 1997 translation
    Again I say to you, I and My Bride are one, even as Mary Magdalene, whom I have chosen and sanctified as a type, is one with Me;

>So, was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene?
You asking me? What do I know.