A newly deciphered Egyptian text from almost 1,200 years tells a different tale about Jesus’ crucifixion. Written in Coptic, the manuscript details the story of Pontius Pilate, the judge who authorized Jesus' sacrifice. The text says that Pilate had dinner with Jesus before his crucifixion and offered to sacrifice his own son in the place of Jesus. It goes on to explain that the reason Judas used a kiss to betray Jesus was because Jesus could change his shape.
Roelof van den Broek, of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, published the translation in the book "Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem on the Life and the Passion of Christ.” Mr. van den Broek said that although there are many different versions of what Pilate did or not do, he has never seen this one before, Fox News reports.
"Without further ado, Pilate prepared a table and he ate with Jesus on the fifth day of the week. And Jesus blessed Pilate and his whole house," read part of the translated text. Pilate goes on to tell Jesus, "well then, behold, the night has come, rise and withdraw, and when the morning comes and they accuse me because of you, I shall give them the only son I have so that they can kill him in your place."
Jesus comforts the judge, "Oh Pilate, you have been deemed worthy of a great grace because you have shown a good disposition to me." Jesus also showed Pilate that he could escape. “Pilate, then, looked at Jesus and, behold, he became incorporeal: He did not see him for a long time ..." the text read.
The part of the manuscript explaining Jesus’ shape-shifting read: "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 wheat coloured, sometimes he is pallid like ascetics, sometimes he is a youth, sometimes an old man ..."
Source: (Fox News)