Dan Brown played on these concerns to great effect in his bestselling Da Vinci Code novel. One of his characters, the historian Sir Leigh Teabing, claims: ‘Some of the gospels that Constantine attempted to eradicate managed to survive. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1950s hidden in a cave near Qumran in the Judean desert. And, of course, the Coptic Scrolls in 1945 at Nag Hammadi…’ With claims like these, the general impression given is that our New Testament is a selective compilation, ignoring a vast array of rival accounts of Jesus. This impression comes from a profound distortion of the facts.