1500-Year-Old Bible Contains 5th Gospel?

The Vatican has issued a request to examine a 1,500 year-old Bible that has been held in Turkey for the past 12 years, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

The manuscript carries excerpts of the Bible written in gold lettering on leather and loosely strung together, with lines of Syriac script with Aramaic dialect, according the National Turk. Turkish authorities expressed the bible is a cultural asset.

The bible was initially seized in 2000 from smugglers by Turkish authorities, the National Turk reports. The bible is reportedly about 1500 to 2000 years old.

The Star, a Turkish daily newspaper claims the book could be a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas, which some Muslims regard as supporting an Islamic view of Jesus Christ. Muslims also claim Barnabas is the fifth original Gospel, in addition to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

In the Gospel, Muslims purport Jesus is said to have predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad, according to the Huffington Post.

The value of the ancient Bible is valued at $28 million.

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