2. Gospel of the Lots of Mary
The opening to the book begins as follows: “The Gospel of the lots of Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, she to whom Gabriel the Archangel brought the good news. He who will go forward with his whole heart will obtain what he seeks. Only do not be of two minds.”
The text, now at Harvard University, was deciphered, and details were published in 2014 by Anne Marie Luijendijk, a professor in the Department of Religion at Princeton University. In her book “Forbidden Oracles? The Gospel of the Lots of Mary” (Mohr Siebeck, 2014),” she wrote that the gospel would have been used for divination, an attempt to predict the future. A person seeking an answer to a question could have sought out the owner of this book, asked a question and gone through a process that would randomly select one of the 37 oracles to help find a solution to the person’s problem. How the process would have worked is unknown. Though it’s unclear how the book reached the United States, it was donated to Harvard in 1984.