Book: A deeper look into The Gospel of the Beloved Companion by Collin Carbnocategories: Book, Beloved Companion, Mary Magdalene, Non-Canonical Gospels, Textual Analysis, Jesus, Early Christianity, Women Disciples, Tests of Antiquity, Gospel of John
Collin Carbnoabout this book: I'm a lover of Christian gospels, ancient or modern. I collect them, digest them, and love them. What is a gospel but a new story told of life the Jesus. The Gospel of the Beloved Companion captured my eye and I bought it. The book claimed to be an ancient gospel. I wondered could it really be? Is it really an ancient gospel? I doubted it --- there are no photos of it, no ancient references of it, and the author doesn't provide the original language of the text. Red flags everywhere. Given nothing but the modern English text, I wondered if I could discover anything of it with textual analysis. I set about putting together some tests that I could execute on as part of a textual analysis to answer the question.
Thus, I began my adventure of careful, line by line reading and textual analysis. Overtime, the little project grew to book size. Along the way, I fell in love with this little Gospel. Whether ancient or modern it has a wonderful touch to it. I also come slowly to feel more and more that the gospel of John was written not by a man but by a woman. A woman who was indeed, close to Jesus, a disciple, possibly even a wife. As for my tests, they didn't as I expected indicate that it was all fraud, perhaps there this gospel is indeed ancient. The jury is still out. Meanwhile, besides loving the new insights provided by the Gospel of the Beloved Companion, I also began to appreciate more the Gospel of John. So many times, I found something in the Gospel of the Beloved Companion, and I would think, that isn't in John, but on checking I discovered it was.
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