Hizbollah-kanalen Al Manar har sendt en serie om Jesus som bygger på et apokryft evangelium, hvor det heter at Jesus hverken ble korsfestet eller sto opp igjen fra de døde. Dette er omtrent samme bilde som Koranen presenterer. Kristne i Libanon ble provosert og serien er nå tatt av.
The series was being shown during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on the Hezbollah-linked TV channel, al-Manar, and another station, NBN.
They said it was cancelled to avoid it being exploited to negative effect.
Lebanon’s Christian community, the Arab world’s largest, condemned the series as a distortion of their beliefs.
Al-Manar and NBN – which is linked to the Shia Muslim Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri, a Hezbollah ally – have been showing an Iranian series, Christ.
Christians have complained that it is based on an apocryphal gospel, rejected by the Church.
The Gospel of Barnabas has a very different version of Christ’s life from that found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The key variation is that it says Jesus was not crucified and was not resurrected — the two fundamental Christian beliefs.
In this, it is actually very close to the story of Christ as told in the Koran.
Lebanon’s Christian communities united in condemnation against the film, prompting the Lebanese authorities to have the broadcasts cancelled.
Both al-Manar and NBN now say they have taken it off air.
Lebanese Christians will take this as a small victory, but the fact that the series was shown at all is likely to add to their feeling of being under pressure.