Apparent proof of Jesus’ brother

Not Bob, actually, but James, and an ancient manuscript outlining Jesus as his brother’s teacher in secret.

From Newsweek:

Biblical scholars at the University of Texas at Austin discovered the manuscript in the Nag Hammadi Library at Oxford University, where it may have been a tool teachers used to help students learn to read and write. According to a press release from The University of Texas at Austin, to find a copy of such a manuscript in Greek, the language in which it was originally written, is incredibly rare.

You can argue ’til the cows come home about whether Jesus was a real person or a literary creation that grew a following like Harry Potter but there’s no denying the interest people have in finding and deciphering as many ancient texts as possible.

“This new discovery is significant in part because it demonstrates that Christians were still reading and studying extra-canonical writings long after Christian leaders deemed them heretical,” Geoffrey Smith, an assistant professor of religious studies at The University of Texas at Austin and one of the two scholars who made the discovery, told Newsweek via email.

The manuscript describes Jesus in the role of teacher and prophet to his brother.

“Jesus tells his brother James that though they are both going to die violently, death is not something to be feared,” Landau, a lecturer at the UT Austin Department of Religious Studies, told Newsweek over email. “All James needs is to remember the passwords that his brother has taught him, so that he can escape from the clutches of the archons, a set of demonic beings guarding the material world.”

Landau explained in a release that the scribe separated the majority of the text using “mid-dots,” which broke words down into individual syllables. That was not a common practice at the time; the exception would be in educational contexts, which is why Smith and Landau believed the text was a teaching tool.

Whereas, I learned to read with Mr. Mugs:

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