Jesus Had Shapeshifting Powers, According To Ancient Coptic Text

Sadly, the depictions of Jesus’s X-Men-like abilities were never incorporated into the mainstream version of the Bible read today. Live Science reports:

Dating back 1200 years, a newly deciphered Egyptian text tells part of the crucifixion story of Jesus with apocryphal plot twists, some of which have never been seen before. Written in the Coptic language, the ancient text explains why Judas used a kiss, specifically, to betray Jesus — because Jesus had the ability to change shape:

Then the Jews said to Judas: “How shall we arrest him [Jesus], for he does not have a single shape but his appearance changes. Sometimes he is ruddy, sometimes he is white, sometimes he is red…sometimes he is a youth, sometimes an old man…” This leads Judas to suggest using a kiss as a means to identify him.

Copies of the text are found in two manuscripts, one in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City and the other at the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. Roelof van den Broek, of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, published the translation.

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  • echar

    It makes sense if Jesus is viewed as a allegory, besides the kiss. What’s that all about?

  • echar

    It makes sense if Jesus is viewed as a allegory, besides the kiss. What’s that all about?

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      i really should read comments before i comment myself.

      • lazy_friend

        great minds think alike, but it was ALIENS…

    • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

      Perhaps the life cycle of a star or planet given that this could be read as a anthropomorphizing of celestial happenings, goings on, and what not such stuffs.

    • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

      Perhaps the life cycle of a star or planet given that this could be read as a anthropomorphizing of celestial happenings, goings on, and what not such stuffs.

      • echar

        The morning star may hap?

      • echar

        The morning star may hap?

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        Archaeoastronomy theories always leave out shamanistic theories though, when both of those theories merge all these new reasonable ideas about humanity crop up. ‘The pharmacratic inquisition’ made a good point about this until the creator of it went a little too far down the rabbit hole, but that’s to be expected when exploring these matters.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        Archaeoastronomy theories always leave out shamanistic theories though, when both of those theories merge all these new reasonable ideas about humanity crop up. ‘The pharmacratic inquisition’ made a good point about this until the creator of it went a little too far down the rabbit hole, but that’s to be expected when exploring these matters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickoli.volkoff Nickoli Mad Russian Volkoff

    It’s been my dream of late to myself become an immortal time traveling shapeshifter with the Divine power of creation……I mean…what else is there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickoli.volkoff Nickoli Mad Russian Volkoff

    It’s been my dream of late to myself become an immortal time traveling shapeshifter with the Divine power of creation……I mean…what else is there?

    • Calypso_1

      Single malt.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Mayyybe its signifying that jesus wasn’t really just a single dude, but a certain kinda dude. Bible’s full of symbology right?

  • lazy_friend

    ALIENS…

  • Morgan23

    The very well known story of St Christopher features a shapeshiting Christ, morphing from a child to full grown man whilst on the poor buggers back, in the middle of a fast flowing river. Oh, and he’s also a mushroom apparently ;)

    • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

      Join my stream of consciousness correspondence game by adding your own recollections and projections on the all mighty archetype sweet baby Jesuseses. Mushroom, Star, Venus, Osirus, Capricorn, Magician, Crown of Thorns (Sun’s Rays), Iesus, 888, INRI, Igni Natura Renovateur Integra, Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum, Resurrection, Lucifer, Serpent, Ophiucus, Fibonacci, Messiah, Mashiach, Christos, Anointed One, Davidic line, Priest, Prophet. Horus, Attis, Adonis,Orpheus, Bacchus, Abaraxas, Mitras, 365, Sun of God.

      • jnana

        zombie, vampire, dead, alive, one, two, three, the many….

      • Calypso_1

        Bridegroom of the 10 wick trimming Virgins, Minister of Circumcision, A polished shaft, Cluster of camphor, A rock of offense, A worm & no man, Meat & Drink.

      • Calypso_1

        Bridegroom of the 10 wick trimming Virgins, Minister of Circumcision, A polished shaft, Cluster of camphor, A rock of offense, A worm & no man, Meat & Drink.

  • Calypso_1

    Did he ever transmogrify* into an orange?

    *Ted did I use this word correctly?

    • http://twitter.com/flspectro el bjorch

      It’s called “transfiguration” and one incident, at least, is recorded on the “official” Bible. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transfiguration_of_Jesus
      In the catholic schools I assited they were all crazy about these “superpowers”.

      • Calypso_1

        I may be incorrect on this one, but i believe in this case that term would only apply in circumstances of divine citric radiance.

  • Ittabena

    If he did study in the east, and did attain enlightenment… That would explain volumes wouldn’t it.

  • http://twitter.com/wi_ngo wingo shackleford

    Shapeshifting Jesus is the name of my new band.

  • alizardx

    Shapeshifting, for those days when being Reptilian just isn’t working.

  • alizardx

    Shapeshifting, for those days when being Reptilian just isn’t working.

    • Calypso_1

      So this explains Raptor Jesus?

      • alizardx

        I suspect David Icke’s answer to that question would be more entertaining than mine.

      • alizardx

        I suspect David Icke’s answer to that question would be more entertaining than mine.

        • Calypso_1

          I’d be even more entertained by a celebrity death match between Icke & PKD.

          • InfvoCuernos

            There isn’t enough speed in all of southern california.

  • Sir Legendhead

    No less believable than the rest of it. I think the truth is that he was just an ordinary looking man and could blend into a crowd any time he wanted simply by staying quiet.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I’ve heard this said of Charlie Manson. Coincidence? I think not.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I’ve heard this said of Charlie Manson. Coincidence? I think not.

  • jnana

    I believe it.
    In Gnostic thought Jesus Christ becomes all things too all men. He appears as a young man to a young man, old man to an old man, angel to an angel(see Gospel of Philip). This is actually how he was able to enter this world. He had to put on the costumes to not be immediately recognized. For example, there are 7 kings or powers who rule over this world. Jesus had to pass through their realms before he could come here, and to do that He had to look like them. But when He ascended He appeared as a great Light which scared the shit out of them, and shook them all up That is why magick and astrology doesn’t work all the time. It is how we may overcome Fate ourselves. Sorry for my poor explanation, but I just wanted to point out this aspect of Jesus is important to understanding Him. As I said before, He is the greatest Shaman. ) shamans are known shapeshifters, for those unaware.)

  • BuzzCoastin

    That’s it for this episode of What’s My Line.
    Will the real Jesus Christ please stand up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.grimm1 Lee Grimm

    If God can build the earth and heavens in a week shapeshifting isn’t much of a stretch?

  • Z Roberts

    Poke fun, but this kind of story concerning Christ is not all that uncommon in ancient texts. Many of the Irish saints up through more recent times (within the last 700-1000 years) were purported to have been able to communicate with animals, cause vicious wildlife to be tame and even have powers within the realm of space time (yes, time travel of different sorts). Sally Field and the flying nun is based on historical texts of monks who had apparently mastered some level of personal flight. Texts such as Luke 4:28-30 make more sense in the light this Coptic text anyhow. It says, “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.”

    This passage is puzzling otherwise…how would one pass through a crowd intent on throwing them off a cliff? Unless…one changed their appearance. The Gospels are full of accounts where the religious and secular orders were trying to apprehend Christ. If he truly walked in Divine power, this passage should be taken with some level of seriousness.

    • Calypso_1

      These kinds of powers are common to the hagiographies of saintly folk of all religions.
      Now we have comic books.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        Crowley is pretty comical.

        • jnana

          in the sense of his ignorance, yeah I agree

      • jnana

        there are still miraculous goings-on.

    • jnana

      thanks for that interpretation of Luke 4 28-30. there are quite a few passages of the canonical bible, I believe, that make more sense in the light of non-canonical scriptures.
      one comes to mind to me. after jesus banishes the demons from somebody, he exclaims,”there is one greater than Solomon here” which makes not too much sense unless you’ve read a non-canonical called “acts of Solomon”(I think that’s the name, not sure) In that book Solomon has a ring that can control demons.
      Jesus is a much more shamanistic, magical being than mainstream Xianity has people believe. Even mainstream Xianity tries to smooth over the magical qualities of His miracles. It also wouldn’t make sense for Jesus to break the (natural)laws if he also created them. Of course, neither does His death make sense if He created the laws of sacrifice and what-not. I think of Jesus more as a Saboteur.

      • Leap

        Late reply here, sorry…True, there was something of a mystical, shamanistic aura surrounding Solomon that many believe exists into the present day. And rightly so. We do tend to cover over the reality of these things with a more Puritan-esque, Modern, scientific/religious representation that is inaccurate. Even Rachel took her household gods with her when she journeyed with Jacob away from her father’s house. There is a deeper pagan connection than many like to admit, especially throughout the “Old Testament” in scripture. One greater than Solomon is here, and I love how you put it: that Christ is a saboteur. At least that is what many Early Church fathers believed too, and many people in the scholarly world of Christianity are coming back to as well…that Christ came to restore the Palace-Temple that is the earth and creation and began to restore things. Many of these shamanistic connections point to (I believe) the civilizations and cultures of the world happening upon, or remembering, what was lost and attempting to regain connection with it, many of them successfully to some degree. Yet when Christ says, “one greater than Solomon is here,” he is saying, “I am the one who was to come, the one the hearts of the nations have longed for and not known it, the one whom the hearts of people have been searching for, the sum of all things.” I don’t believe Christ was breaking laws, rather coming into sync with the true (if now hidden at that point) created order. I don’t know enough about sacrifice to give a great reply…yet I do know that Christ entered our reality as a human being, bound himself together with humanity via DNA and has not gone back. The story goes that he sacrificed himself and was raised again to life, which I believe. I do know that every culture sacrifices the blood sacrifice. This is present in every culture and civilization that I know of in history…there is something in the root and consciousness of humanity that demands it, goes back to it…for God to offer himself as that sacrifice is a radical notion. I need more understanding on this, and I know it is out there…here at 8am, I will just finish off this comment though. :) I readily believe and embrace all these myths and stories (even if we don’t have the whole story) because I believe they are all scattered pieces of the puzzle that are pointing somewhere. The Modern/Industrial Age really did not steal anything from us, rather I think we are beginning to find out that the earth and the heart of humanity are still wild and there is so much we don’t know. I find it invigorating and hopeful.

        • Leap

          I would add, people might argue that the myth of Christ is one found in many cultures, aka, the Dying God myth. I would agree. But when something is so bound up in the heart and consciousness of humanity, it is going to come out in our myths and stories, which the closer they are to the Myth, the more true they are anyhow. There is a cross in England called the Gosforth Cross which was built sometime around the 10th century. On the cross we find scenes from Norse mythology as well as depictions of the crucifixion of Christ. These scenes are mixed and intertwined beautifully, and to what some might see as contradiction or mixture, I see fulfillment and answers. The myths point to and speak of the Christ. Some might argue that Baldr IS the Christ himself in some strange way…how beautiful is that that? We are told that all things will be summed up in Christ anyhow…I love it.

          • jnana

            yeah, I see the Christ as the fulfillment of most religions and cultures, not just the Abrahamic ones. A lot of people think the early Xians just stole from ancient myths, but I think the ancient myths were preparation for their fulfillment in Christ.

  • Ittabena

    Well, this would explain the bird poop post from last week though. (He said, tongue in cheek.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Chanbonpin/1460775184 James Chanbonpin

    800 years after his death? Try again and stop smoking that weed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Chanbonpin/1460775184 James Chanbonpin

    800 years after his death? Try again and stop smoking that weed.