This is the text of the Wikipedia article for "Kolbrin Bible" as it appeared on October 3, 2011. Its likely to be deleted, but I thought it would be useful for people needing quick confirmation that the Kolbrin Bible is not authentic/is a big fat hoax, etc.
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The Kolbrin Bible (also titled as The Kolbrin) is a text which purports to be a collection of ancient texts of Egyptian and Celtic origin. Used in support of 2012 apocalyptic theories, it is widely regarded as spurious.
Structure and supposed origins
The Kolbrin Bible comprises eleven books. The first six books are said to be scribed by Egyptian writers shortly after the Exodus, and is called the "Bronzebook". The last five books are collectively called "Coelbook" or "Kailedy" and are said be authored by Celtic priests written around the time that the New Testament was being created. Supposedly these texts were kept at Glastonbury Abbey and the first section transcribed to bronze sheets, allowing them to survive the fire of 1184 which the text's publishers allege was set to destroy these and other heretical texts. The texts are then alleged to have been transmitted through a series of owners, including one John Culdy in the early 1300s, eventually being entrusted to "a small religious group in England" and thence to the Hope Trust, "of which little is known." Finally the texts are claimed to have ended up in the hands of the Culdian Trust, formed in 1980; they claim that the current version of the text was produced by "an elderly man from the Hope Trust" around 1992, working from the original texts.
At present three editions of the material are available. A hardbound edition is published in association with the Culdian Trust in two volumes, titled The Kolbrin and The Gospel of the Kailedy; the same group also presents an on-line edition. A softcover edition is published by Your Own World Books, ostensibly edited by one Janice Manning and with versification by Marshall Masters. The connections between the various versions are obscure. The website www.kobrin.com first appears in the Internet Archive in 2004; the first reference on that site to the Culdian Trust does not appear until October of that year; the Culdian Trust website doesn't appear until February 2005. Given the 2005 publication date of the Manning/Masters edition it might be presumed that it is derived from the other edition.
Claims and analysis
The first mention of this text is apparently in James McCanney's Atlantis to Tesla - The Kolbrin Connection, a self-published work which he put out in 2003.. McCanney is, among other pseudoscientific interests, a proponent of Planet X apocalyptic theories. An early edition of Masters's version specifically lists several passages from "The Book of Manuscripts" (the fifth section of the text) in support of these claims. The text also attempts to support British Israelism as well as providing apocryphal teachings of Jesus.
Whether this was the intent of writing the text is again unclear. The text has not received a lot of critical attention but sites outside the pseudoscientific/new religion realm point to its lack of provenance and dubious history and suggest that it is a hoax or at least apocryphal. One critic suggests Glenn Kimball as a possible author; in 2006 Kimball published an article on the Kolbrin texts and was associated with Masters's edition of the text.