The very first words of this new belief, as uttered by Jesus and his followers, are contained in the Bible. But dispersed across the pages of this book are some puzzling allusions to a group of people very close to Jesus, his own clan and his dearest associates. One of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Church's largest annual celebration day is that of the birth of Mary, the mother of Jesus.Feasts are held all over the world, her portraits are proudly displayed, but one thing is never commented - her actual blood family. These Gospels are orthodox in their teaching, particularly about the identity and person of Jesus. John was an apostle and was the guardian of our Blessed Mother until the time of her assumption.It takes us right back to the very root of Christianity and if accurate, could shake almost everything that Christians take for granted.It's the account of the people who were dearest to Jesus, the people who shared his lineage.Needless to say, Muslim academics have disputed the claims.Mustafa Shah of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) said: “If anything, the manuscript has consolidated traditional accounts of the Koran’s origins.” Meanwhile, Shady Hekmat Nasser from the University of Cambridge said: “We already know from our sources that the Koran was a closed text very early on in Islam, and these discoveries only attest to the accuracy of these sources.” Dr Keith Small, a Koranic manuscript consultant at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, admits the carbon dating applies to the parchment, not the ink, while the calligraphy is characteristic of a later style.
Other very old Korans also seem to confirm that written texts were circulating before Mohammed’s death.The quick backstory: In 2012, a Harvard professor, Karen King, brought this papyrus to the attention of scholars and the public.Both the material and the script looked authentically ancient at first glance, and though the notion of Jesus having a wife was remarkable, these “lost” Christian writings, such as the Gnostic Gospels, are full of unorthodoxies.Scientists at the University of Oxford had already revealed that the parchment was among the oldest known Koranic texts in the world, but now several historians say it could be so old that it pre-dates the Muslim prophet, thus contradicting traditional accounts of his life and radically altering “the edifice of Islamic tradition.” The dating reveals the text to have been written between AD568 and 645, while the dates of Mohammed’s life are traditionally given as AD570 to 632.This means that at the very latest it was written before the first formal texts were supposed to have been collated, and at the earliest it was written before or shortly after Mohammed was born.