Two separate texts were discovered, now being held in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City and the other at the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, which have recently been deciphered in the past few years.
Texts that date back some 1,200 years and written in the Coptic language – a form of Egyptian – describes how Pontius Pilate had dinner with Jesus the night before his crucifixion and supposedly offered his son to be condemned to death in place of the Messiah.
However, more peculiarly, the text describes how the authorities asked Judas to kiss Jesus to identify him because he had the ability to shape-shift.
Part of the text reads: “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.”
The Roman, who is considered a Saint in Captic churches which would explain the favourable view of him, then tells 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.”
To which Jesus responds: “Oh Pilate, you have been deemed worthy of a great grace because you have shown a good disposition to me.”
Jesus then supposedly showed Pilate that he can escape if he chose to by shape-shifting.
The text reads: “Pilate, then, looked at Jesus and, behold, he became incorporeal: He did not see him for a long time.”
The text also describes Judas’ betrayal of Jesus: “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’.”
However, historians believe that it is unlikely that anyone took the text as truthful.
Roelof van den Broek, of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, told Live Science that the author probably did not even believe it.
He said: “I find it difficult to believe that he really did, but some details, for instance the meal with Jesus, he may have believed to have really happened.
“The people of that time, even if they were well-educated, did not have a critical historical attitude. Miracles were quite possible, and why should an old story not be true?”