A Really Lost GospelBarrie Wilson, a professor at York University, claims to have uncovered new secrets about the life of Jesus. He uncovered a document, in the Aramaic language, at the British Library that is supposedly 1,500 years old. After translating the piece, he writes out his findings, with writer Simcha Jacobovic, in a book called Lost Gospel.Wilson says that his discoveries support previous theories that Jesus was married and had a family during His earthly ministry. He claims:“There is now written evidence that Jesus was married to Mary the Magdalene and that they had children together. … Gathering dust in the British Library is a document that takes us into the missing years of Jesus’s life,” the book reads in part. “According to the document that we uncovered, sometime during this period he became engaged, got married, had sexual relations, and produced children.” [1]It’s not the first time someone has claimed that Christ was married to Mary Magdalene. Nikos Kazantzakis made the same allegation in his 1953 book, The Last Temptation of Christ, as did Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code. There’s also an ancient Egyptian papyrus fragment known as the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” that appears to make reference to Christ referring to “my wife.”

So, will this book make the “greatest revelation into the life of Jesus in nearly 2,000 years”? [2] Sadly, most people have never even read the gospel stories in the Bible about Jesus Christ. Relying instead on Hollywood and other “bits and pieces” floating around, the majority of the world hasn’t bothered to look at the inspired and authentic record of Christ’s life.

Wilson explains that the original text, called “The Ecclesiastical History of Zacharias Rehtor,” contains an enshrouded code with an embedded meaning. A figure named Joseph, who bears similarities to Jesus, was a “savior-figure” who was married and had children.

It takes quite a leap of faith to apply this hazy story to Jesus. In fact, most scholars have dismissed Wilson’s conjectures. Like the “James ossuary” (which also claimed Jesus had a family), this latest book falls into the category of a “hoax” that will make some people rich. One Oxford University professor shares, “I’m very surprised that the British Library gives these authors houseroom.” [3]

From the standpoint of scholarship, there is significant research into the reliability of the four New Testament gospels on the life of Christ. Many have shown that the four canonical gospels meet the criteria for historical reliability. Early church leaders agreed that the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the primary and reliable sources for information about Jesus.

But the most convincing argument on the true life of Christ is found in studying the Bible yourself. Hundreds of Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in the life of Jesus and New Testament writers also pointed to His perfect life as the genuine Son of God. Even the very last book of the Bible is described as “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:1).

As LeVar Burton used to say on Reading Rainbow, “But you don’t have to take my word for it.” Go to the source itself. Open the Bible and read about a righteous Savior who is coming soon.


  • If you’d like to truly get to know Jesus, click here.
  • You can also check out Pastor Doug Batchelor’s book on Jesus throughout the Bible—click here.

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