Sixth in my “Wisdom of the Ages” series. This was a bit of a different challenge to prepare and code, as the size of the text is substantial, and I had to basically download and compile the contents of 223 separate HTML files into one file for import into the app, plus then debug why the “search enabled” (ShowFilter) ListPicker was crashing the app (eventually worked around it by splitting the text into two separate ListPickers). I also had to manually insert chapter headings from the source text, as they were largely absent from the original document. I chose this particular document, because it seems like there is a fair bit of interest in it, and I’m hoping it has some legs via organic search.
The Gospel of Barnabas is a non-canonical “gospel” purportedly written by the Apostle Barnabas, a narrative account of the life of Christ told, uniquely, from a Muslim perspective (although not precisely theologically congruent with either Christianity or Islam). Evidenced by two known texts (in Italian and Spanish, the latter only available via a partial transcript), scholars generally place its date of composition around the 14th century A.D., and view it as an original composition that incorporates earlier materials that are, interestingly, derived from sources other than the Latin Vulgate most commonly in use at the time. The two works are largely congruent, and the translation here is based on the Italian ms., as translated by Lonsdale and Laura Maria Roberts Ragg in 1907, which includes chapter headings for the first 27 chapters (the manuscript itself appears to be complete textually, but with surrounding material, including a preface, still in the process of composition). Given the lack of Chapter headings beyond the first 27 sections, I’ve taken the liberty of interpolating page headings from the Raggs’ translation (in CAPITALS). Neither these, nor the original Italian chapter headings, are likely original to the work itself (the latter are missing from the Spanish translation). The canonical St. Barnabas appears in Acts as an early member of the Church, a follower of Paul who first knew him as Saul.