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Pesher of Christ: Why the Quran of Islam says that Jesus was not crucified

© 2013 by Dylan Stephens

Quran 4. Surah An-Nisa' (The Women) (tr. Dar-us-Salam Publications)

150. Verily, those who disbelieve in Allah and His Messengers and wish to make distinction between Allah and His Messengers (by believing in Allah and disbelieving in His Messengers) saying, "We believe in some but reject others," and wish to adopt a way in between. 151. They are in truth disbelievers. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating torment.

152. And those who believe in Allah and His Messengers and make no distinction between any of them (Messengers), We shall give them their rewards, and Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

153. The people of the Scripture (Jews) ask you to cause a book to descend upon them from heaven. Indeed they asked Musa (Moses) for even greater than that, when they said: "Show us Allah in public," but they were struck with thunder clap and lightning for their wickedness. Then they worshipped the calf even after clear proofs, evidences, and signs had come to them. (Even) so We forgave them. And We gave Musa (Moses) a clear proof of authority. 154. And for their covenant, We raised over them the Mount and (on the other occasion) We said: "Enter the gate prostrating (or bowing) with humility;" and We commanded them: "Transgress not (by doing worldly works on) the Sabbath (Saturday)." And We took from them a firm covenant .

155. Because of their breaking the covenant, and of their rejecting the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, and of their killing the Prophets unjustly, and of their saying: "Our hearts are wrapped (with coverings, i.e. we do not understand what the Messengers say)" - nay, Allah has set a seal upon their hearts because of their disbelief, so they believe not but a little.

156. And because of their (Jews) disbelief and uttering against Maryam (Mary) a grave false charge (that she has committed illegal sexual intercourse);

157. And because of their (Jews) saying (in boast), "We killed Messiah 'Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allah," - but they (Jews) killed him (Jesus) not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of 'Iesa (Jesus) was put over another man (and they killed that man), and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they killed him not [i.e. 'Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) ]:

158. But Allah raised him ['Iesa (Jesus)] up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens). And Allah is Ever All-Powerful, All-Wise.

159. And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), but must believe in him ['Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), as only a Messenger of Allah and a human being], before his ['Iesa (Jesus) or a Jew's or a Christian's] death (at the time of the appearance of the angel of death). And on the Day of Resurrection, he ['Iesa (Jesus)] will be a witness against them.

Apparently, Mohammed or more correctly the angel Gabriel was aware of this next text which describes this scenario of the substitution of Jesus:

"The Second Treatise of the Great Seth" from The Nag Hammadi Library Codex VII, tr. Roger A. Bullard and Joseph A. Gibbons

“For Adonaios knows me because of hope. And I was in the mouths of lions. And the plan which they devised about me to release their Error and their senselessness - I did not succumb to them as they had planned. But I was not afflicted at all. Those who were there punished me. And I did not die in reality but in appearance, lest I be put to shame by them because these are my kinsfolk. I removed the shame from me and I did not become fainthearted in the face of what happened to me at their hands. I was about to succumb to fear, and I [suffered] according to their sight and thought, in order that they may never find any word to speak about them.

For my death, which they think happened, (happened) to them in their error and blindness, since they nailed their man unto their death. For their Ennoias did not see me, for they were deaf and blind. But in doing these things, they condemn themselves. Yes, they (the Jews) saw me (Jesus- who is narrating); they punished me. It was another, their father, who drank the gall and the vinegar; it was not I. They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. I was another upon Whom they placed the crown of thorns. But I was rejoicing in the height over all the wealth of the archons and the offspring of their error, of their empty glory. And I was laughing at their ignorance.

This above text is referred to as a Gnostic Work and therefore is believed to merely make a distiction between physical form and the inner essense. Thus this story has been dismissed as merely implying that it was Jesus' physical form that was crucified to death, but not his inner essense, which remained untouched. However, there is a significant addition to this in the naming of a person Simon who was subtituted for Jesus and, therefore, by referring to the New Testament passages on the carrying of the cross, it is reasonable to assume that this is Simon of Cyrene, although some have suggested that the person substituted was Judas Iscariot.

This gets really intriguing when the inductive reasoning of the Pesher of Christ is applied to this story where Simon of Cyrene is Simon Magus, "the father - Jesus' superior- note the use of 'father' above" and Judas remains the betrayer, with both being the two "robbers" crucified with Jesus. There is nothing that says that Simon of Cyrene carries the cross of Jesus as each of the three carry their own in normal Roman tradition. (See Gospel-Q Harmony Source on this site.) Jesus takes poison on the cross which makes it appear that he is dead and all three are removed from the cross alive. Clearly, both the Quran and the Nag Hammadi Codex represent a secret memory of the true story of the of the Crucifixion.

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