The Gospel of the Holy Twelve
Translated from the original Aramaic
by Rev. G.J.R. Ouseley

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Explanatory Preface

This manuscript is claimed to be the reincarnation of the ancient Gospel of the Hebrews, the original Gospel of Matthew mentioned by Jerome and other early church fathers. This manuscript, which Rev. Gideon Ouseley discovered in 1881, is considered by us to be close to, if not identical with, the original Gospel used by ancient New Testament Essenes. 

It is the position of the Essene Nazarean Church that this, and other important Essene writings, were systematically removed from common circulation when gentile Christians gained dominance over the Hebrew saints in the early fourth century AD. Learned men, so called Correctors were, following the church meeting at Nicea 325 AD, selected by the church authorities to scrutinize the sacred texts and rewrite them in order to correct their meaning in accordance with the views which the church had just sanctioned. 

Our position on the The Gospel of the Holy Twelve is that Ouseley brought forth true material from, or related to, ancient documents of great import to modern Essenes. This scripture must stand on its own merits, however, and we claim no historicity to it, even if such exists, for we cannot back up such claims. We can, however, bear eloquent testimony to their truth and power to change lives, which is where we believe our emphasis should be.

In 382 AD during the pope Damasos, the canonical texts were adopted and all old documents were destroyed. It is part of the mission of the Essene Nazarean Church to once again make these ancient and valuable texts available to all true seekers after Truth.

The only changes made to this manuscript were the names Jesus, Jesu, Iesus, etc., changed to Yeshua, to reflect his original Aramaic name as opposed to the Greek renditions.

From the ages of ages is the eternal thought, and the thought is the word, and the word is the act, and these three are one in the eternal law, and the law is with God, and the law proceeds from God. All things are created by law and without it is not anything created that exists. In the word is life and substance, the fire and the light. The love and the wisdom, are one for the salvation of all. And the light shines in darkness and the darkness conceals it not. The word is the one life-giving fire, which shining into the world becomes the fire and light of every soul that enters into the world. I am in the world, and the world is in me, and the world knows it not. I come to my own house and my friends receive me not. But as many as receive and obey, to them is given the power to become the sons and daughters of God, even to them who believe in the holy name, who are born--not of the will of the blood and flesh, but of God. And the word is incarnate and dwells among us, whose glory we beheld, full of grace. Behold the goodness, and the truth and the beauty of God!
In The Name Of The All Holy Amen

Their testimony are as follows:

Documents in the Clementine Homilies xii, ch. 6, Peter's diet consisted of " only bread and oil and herbs (use sparingly)," and Matthew is said to have been content with seeds and nuts, hard-shelled fruits, and vegetables, without the use of flesh."

Hegesippus, in Euseb. H. E., 11, 23, says that James (the Lord's brother) was holy from his birth, drank no wine and ate no flesh. It is interesting to note that Hegesippus apparently got his information from The Ascent of James, a distinctively Essene and anti-Pauline work which also represented James as condemning sacrifices.

The early Christian writers who proclaimed against the habit of flesh-eating included Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, John Chrysostom and the author of the Clementine Homilies.

In his work, Dejejuniis: adversus Psychios, Tertullian describes the flesh-eater in scathing terms, and expresses his opinion that the Jesus was wont to abstain from flesh food.

The author of the Clementine Homilies (which date back to the middle of the second century) says: "The unnatural eating of flesh-meats is as polluting as the heathen worship of devils with its sacrifices and impure feasts."'

Clement of Alexandria recommends a diet of vegetables, roots, olives, herbs, milk, cheese, fruits, and all kinds of dry food."

Saint John Chrysostom, in his Homilies, pours bitter invective on the flesh-eaters, who are worse than tigers, and calls his followers to pure and simple habits. The man who lives for his stomach he accounts as good as dead, and he would have those who aim at the highest life eat pulse and (if they feel the need) other vegetable fruits.


Archdeacon Wilberforce of Westminster said "that after the Council of Nicea, AD 325, the MSS. of the New Testament were considerably tampered with".

Professor Nestle in his "introduction to the Textual Criticism of the Greek Testament" tells us that certain scholars, called correctors, were appointed by the ecclesiastical authorities, and actually commissioned to correct the text of Scripture in the interest of what was considered ORTHODOXY.

Edmond Szekely says that the words of Jesus became half forgotten and were not collected until some generations after they were uttered, that they have been misunderstood, wrongly annotated and many times re-written and transformed. Indeed, the whole truth about the life and work of the Messiah, he says, has been suppressed and His story falsified and adulterated by ecclesiastical history.

"Beyond question of doubt", says Manley Palmer Hall, "records concerning Jesus do exist. It is equally certain that they are in the hands of people (the Vatican in Rome) who do not intend to make them available to Christian Theology".

In Lection 46 Verse 17, of the Gospel of the Nazarenes, that was translated in 1892, the term "Teachers Of Righteousness" is used, a term that was not known until the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls 1n 1947.

17. Ye shall revere your fathers and your mothers on earth, whose care is for you, and all the Teachers of Righteousness.

Index Of Lections I (1) Thru XCV1 (96)

Section 1 Lections 1 Thru 10
Section 2 Lections 11 Thru 20
Section 3 Lections 21 Thru 30
Section 4 Lections 31 Thru 40
Section 5 Lections 41 Thru 50
Section 6 Lections 51 Thru 60
Section 7 Lections 61 Thru 70
Section 8 Lections 71 Thru 80
Section 9 Lections 81 Thru 89
Section 10 Lections 90 Thru 96


(1) The Parentage and Conception of John the Baptist
(2) The Immaculate Conception of Yeshua the Christ
(3) The Nativity of John the Baptist.
(4) The Nativity of Yeshua the Christ.
(5) The Manifestation of Yeshua to the Magi
(6) Childhood and Youth of Yeshua the Christ - He Delivereth a Lion from the Hunters
(7) The Preaching of John the Baptist.
(8) The Baptism of Yeshua the Christ
(9) The Four Temptations
(10) Joseph and Mary Make a Feast Unto Yeshua - Andrew and Peter Find Yeshua.
(11) The Anointing by Mary Magdalene
(12) The Marriage in Cana - The Healing of the Nobleman's Son
(13) The First Sermon in the Synagogue of Nazareth
(14) The Calling of Andrew and Peter - The Teaching of Cruelty in Animals - The Two Rich Men
(15) The Healing of the Leper and the Palsied - The Deaf Man
(16) Calling of Matthew - Parable of the New Wine in the Old Bottles
(17) Yeshua Sendeth Forth the Twelve and their Fellows
(18) Yeshua Sendeth Forth the Two and Seventy
(19) Yeshua Teacheth how to Pray - Error even in Prophets
(20) The Return of the Two and Seventy
(21) Yeshua Rebuketh Cruelty to a Horse - Condemneth Service of Mammon - Blesseth Infants
(22) The Restoration of Iairus' Daughter
(23) Yeshua and the Samaritan Woman
(24) Yeshua Denounces Cruelty Healeth the Sick
(25) The Sermon on the Mount (part I)
(26) The Sermon on the Mount (part II)
(27) The Sermon on the Mount (part III)
(28) Yeshua Releaseth the Rabbits and Pigeons
(29) He Feedeth Five Thousand with Six Loaves and Seven Cluster of Grapes - Heals the Sick - Yeshua Walketh on the Water
(30) The Bread of Life and the Living Vine
(31) The Bread of Life and the Living Vine - Yeshua Teacheth the Thoughtless Driver
(32) God the Food and Drink of All
(33) By the Shedding of Blood of Others Is No Remission of Sins
(34) Love of Yeshua for All Creatures - His Care for a Cat
(35) The Good Law-The Good Samaritan - Mary and Martha - On Divine Wisdom
(36)  The Woman Taken in Adultery - The Pharisee and the Publican
(37) The Regeneration of the Soul
(38) Yeshua Condemneth the Ill Treatment of Animals
(39) The Kingdom of Heaven (Seven Parables)
(40) Yeshua Expoundeth the Inner Teaching to the Twelve
(41) Yeshua setteth free the Caged Birds - The Bind Man denied that Others Saw
(42) Yeshua Teaches Concerning Marriage
(43) Yeshua Teaches Concening the Riches of this World - Washing of Hands - Eating of Unclean Meats
(44) The Confession of the Twelve - Christ the True Rock
(45) Seeking for Signs. The Unclean Spirit
(46) The Transfiguration on the Mount - The Giving of the Law
(47) The Spirit Gives Life - The Rich Man and the Beggar
(48) Yeshua Feeds One Thousand with Five Melons -Healeth the withered Hand - Rebuketh Hypocrisy
(49) The True Temple of God
(50) Christ the Light of the World
(51) The Truth Makes Free
(52) The Pre-Existence of Christ
(53) Yeshua Healeth the Blind on the Sabbath - Yeshua at the Pool of Siloam
(54) The Examination of the Blind Man - A Living Type of the House of God
(55) Christ the Good Shepherd
(56) The Raising of Lazarus from his Sleep in the Tomb
(57) Concerning Little Children - The Forgiveness of Others - Parable of the Fishes
(58) Divine Love to the Repentant
(59) Yeshua Forewarneth His Disciples - Glad Tidings to Zacchaeus
(60) Yeshua Rebukes Hypocrisy
(61) Yeshua Foretelleth the End
(62) Parable of the Ten Virgins
(63) Parable of the Talents
(64) Yeshua Teacheth in the Palm Circle The Divine Life and Substance
(65) The Last Anointing by Mary Magdalene - Neglect not the Present Time
(66) Yeshua Again Teacheth His Disciples concerning the Nature of God - The Kingdom of God - The Two in One
(67) The Last Entry into Jerusalem - The Sheep and the Goats
(68) The Householder and the Husbandmen - Order out of Disorder
(69) The Christ Within the Soul - The Resurrection and the Life - Salome's Question
(70) Yeshua Rebukes Peter's  Haste
(71) The Cleansing of the Temple
(72) The Many Mansions in the One House
(73) Christ The True Vine
(74) Yeshua Foretelleth Persecutions
(75) The Last Paschal Supper
(76) Washing of the Feet - The Eucharistic Oblation.
(77) The Agony in Gethsemane
(78) The Betrayal
(79) The Hebrew Trial before Caiaphas
(80) The Sorrow and Penance of Judas
(81) The Roman Trial Before Pilate
(82) The Crucifixion
(83) The Burial of Yeshua
(84) The Resurrection of Yeshua
(85) Yeshua Appeareth to Two at Emmaus
(86) Yeshua Appeareth in the Temple - Blood Sacrifices Cease
(87) Yeshua Appeareth to the Twelve
(88) The Eighth Day after the Resurrection
(89) Yeshua Appeareth at the Sea of Tiberias
(90) What is Truth
(91) The Order of the Kingdom (part I)
(92) The Order of the Kingdom (part II)
(93) The Order of the Kingdom (part III)
(94) The Order of the Kingdom (part IV)
(95) The Ascension of Christ
(96) Pouring Out of the Spirit - The Taking of Mary and Joseph

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