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 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.


Extract from the owners of a online shop on Etsy who have a copy of The Kolbrin for sale at £1,229.33 GBP.

I love to research secret societies of the world thats how I came across this book long before the story aired on the radio. Back in 1995 I think, I wrote to the Culdin Trust and they told me about the Kolbrin Bible. The Kolbrin Bible or the Parallel Bible, was rewritten by Jannice Manning and Marshall Matters for sale in the US without permision. The real book was sold through a store in New Zealand called I learned that very few were printed and is now out of print. 


From the web page

It has been rumored that Nikola Tesla acquired some knowledge from this book (according to James M. McCanney, M.S). In the past, only a very select few, some might say an elite group, have had access to this book. Now, the current caretakers of this ancient knowledge believe ''these are the days of decision, when humankind stands at the crossroad,'' and are making the book available subject to explicit conditions. is currently the largest online source of information regarding the Kolbrin and Kailedy Manuscripts, it is not the official website of the Culdian Trust, but we have worked in close communication with the Culdian Trust in an effort to provide this partial electronic rendition of their original translation (also notably the first Kolbrin ever published and made available to the general public in modern history).

The Kolbrin is printed in New Zealand by the Culdian Trust, and they remain responsible for it. The Culdian Trust believe that they are the of inheritors of the ancient wisdom of the Culdees of Britain who were part of the British or Keltic Christian community prior to its romanisation under Augustine, after which it suffered severely through persecution and suppression. However, it survived to a greater or lesser degree until the great persecutions of the late Middle Ages, when the flame was further extinguished, leaving only a few sparks surviving to kindle the present revival. The Culdian Celestial Age Trust do not refer to The Kolbrin as a "Bible" and do not agree that it is a version of the 'Old Testament' on the grounds that it is clearly not the history of the Jewish people.

From combined research, the origins of The Kolbrin can be traced back to a large collection of manuscripts salvaged from Glastonbury Abbey during an arson attack that was intended to destroy them. It was the time of history when there was a great suppression of monasterys. As fate would have it, the once considered heretical works were transcribed on bronze tablets by the religious druids of the time. Since they were thought to be destroyed during the fire, they were preserved in secrecy.

Since then, much of the original text was lost or destroyed due to the passage of time, their environment, and human error. Each caretaker though, has gone to painstaking efforts to preserve what was left and to fill in the gaps with the correct knowledge in order to preserve the original meaning.

During the early fourteenth century, John Culdy, the leader of a small community in Scotland, owned The Kolbrin and took steps to ensure its survival beyond his care.

The Kolbrin eventually became known as The Bronzebook of Britain, and the contents of additional salvaged manuscripts known as The Coelbook were later incorporated into it to form the modern version. It's name is possibly derived from the Welsh alphabet called Coelbren - it is not the authentic name of a particular book which could ever be traced to ancient times. In fact, the Kolbrin is not "a" book, but a collection of texts from different sources; and obviously the original manuscripts are not to be found.


There is a second volume to the Kolbrin - The Gospel of The Kailedy which deals specifically with the life and times of Jesus Christ. It was thought that because of its obviously ancient roots the word 'Culdian' was derived from "Chaldean" through 'Culdee'. This is not so; 'Culdian' is derived from 'Kailedy' through 'Culdee'. The word 'Kailedy' (or Kailedi) originated with the early Christians who came to Britain in 37AD led by Joseph of Arimathea and means 'wise strangers'. However, it should be noted that the Keltic word 'Culdee' could also be translated as 'Servant of God'.

In the early parts of the twentieth century, the responsibility of The Kolbrin’s preservation rested with a small religious group in England that never gained much power due their very restrictive membership requirements.

In the years leading up to the First World War, only two copies of The Kolbrin existed in book form, written in biblical English. Only part of the original survived to the Second World War, when the books were thought to be worthless junk and thrown out by their owners, only to be saved by fate then discarded again as works of the devil, and salvaged by destiny before any irreparable damage was done.

Until 1995, The Kolbrin was in the care of The Hope Trust, of which little is known. There is currently a Hope Trust registered in NZ but they have nothing to do with The Kolbrin, nor did they have anything to do with it. The current custodian is The Culdian Trust, which was formed in 1980. The Culdian Trust inherited The Kolbrin and other books when the Hope Trust was deregistered around 1995 in accordance with its constitution. Around 1992, an elderly man from the Hope Trust (who is now deceased) put together the current draft from the originals. His character, reputation, and relatives are still living. He was an extremely private man while alive and the trust are respecting his wishes with regard to continued privacy.

The Culdian Trust members did not get to see the original manuscripts on which the most recent version of The Kolbrin was derived, nor do they understand how they came into the elderly man's possession or where he sent the originals upon completion. They believe, based on speculation, that he may have been a member of a hermetic order probably based in England, so the original manuscripts may have gone back there. Despite the continued ambiguity of The Kolbrin’s origins, a Culdian Trust representative that knew the man for approximately twenty years held him in high regard and found him to be a man of extremely high integrity.

We are covering ourselves legally and morally and have done everything within reason to prevent large portions of the kolbrin texts from being copied unlawfully. We have an obligation to the trust, we wish to honor these values. Please note that only a portion of this amazing collection is viewable online.

There are rumors that the Vatican has a copy, and that there were some copies in India, but both of these are most likely falsehoods, especially the last one, as it comes from a group, for which we know personally from the Culdian Trust, started publishing the book without permission. Nikola Tesla may have had access to the Kolbrin through his father Milutin Tesla, as suggested by James M. McCanney, M.S, but I am yet to sight any proof of that claim.

At this time, the Culdian Trust (hardcover version) of the Kolbrin is unfortunately not cheap. The book is heavy and quite large... it is 412 pages, hardcover, and shipped with layers of protective packaging. The Kolbrin has a gold inlay and a Keltic symbol on the front cover. This site is maintained and updated regulary, it has not been created by a member of the Culdian Trust, but they have kindly given us direct permission to distribute to those who seek their publications.


From the website (Your Own World Books)

Even with a history as chaotic as this, The Kolbrin remains a very large and priceless collection of information, which begs the question: Is it too good to be true?

Is The Kolbrin a Modern Fake?

In order to get a professional second opinion, we asked several people that have provided respectable critiques on other alternative religious texts for their comments on The Kolbrin.  To our surprise, we could not find anyone that has even heard of the book, let alone is as familiar as we are of its origins and contents.

With other modern gospels that have been openly criticised and essentially proven as modern fakes, such as The Essene Gospel of Peace by Edmund Szekeley and The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ by Nicolas Notovitch, it is relatively easy to determine their historical inaccuracies.  It is also obvious who the author is and where all the money from sales has been going. 

The Kolbrin however, has no specific author due to the very nature of its origins.  It is not available through places like or Barnes and Noble as the Culdian Trust do not spend money on massive marketing campaigns to profit from it.  We believe this fact weighs heavily towards its authenticity but more importantly, its teachings expand, clarify and coincide with other religious texts and modern scientific evidence which has lead YOWUSA to believe it is most definitely a genuine compilation of ancient knowledge and wisdom.



The term “Culdee” has become synonymous with the true Celtic Church established in approximately 37 A.D., and lasting until the 1300s. Being active very early in Christian history, the Culdees, are most likely one of the oldest Christian religious orders.

The early Celtic Church and the Culdees were autonomous during their history, and had only limited contact with both Mediterranean cultures and the Roman or Orthodox Churches. However the Culdees did experience some influence from the Coptic Orthodox, which centered on the establishment and practice of monasticism. This contact is believed to have come through the Galatians who were Celts that migrated from Gaul and established themselves in an area now part of Turkey centuries before the birth of Jesus.

The Culdees were principally missionaries known for wandering throughout Western Europe during the dark ages revitalizing and extending the Christian faith on the continent. More importantly, being geographically isolated from continental Europe, the Order was responsible for the protection and safekeeping of the original Greek Biblical texts during the dark ages.

The Order is credited with the establishment of numerous Abbeys in Britain, Ireland and Gaul, and the introduction of Christianity to remote areas including Iceland. Efforts of the Celtic Saint Gall (610AD) resulted in the establishment of the Celtic Gallican Church in former Celtic territory on the continent of Europe. The Gallican Church exists today in France but was taken over by and continues to operate as part of the Roman Church. The Culdees remained active until the 1300s, when the last vestige of the Celtic Church surviving in remote areas of the Scottish Highlands disappeared under pressure brought about by the expansion of the Roman Church.

A number of religious and chivalrous orders existing today claim direct lines of succession through many centuries to the present. Research reveals that such claims are often inaccurate, questionable, or bogus. The Holy Celtic Church makes no such claim for its Military and Religious Order of Culdees. The modern Order of Culdees has revived, reestablished and reorganized the traditions of the original Order to fit the character of today's society. It no longer focuses on monastic endeavors, but concentrates on its original mission: conducting a chaplaincy and missionary ministry, thereby living up to its name by asking members to become "Companions of God". In addition to this original ecclesiastical mission, the modern Order has adopted a military and chivalrous characteristic to accompany its religious endeavors, making members "Soldiers of Christ". The Order is under the direction of the Holy Celtic Church and is a member of the Celtic Synod, following the Synod’s doctrine.

Brothers and Sisters of the Order are free from vows of celibacy, are non-stipend; and serve under the direction of an Abbot, functioning in a limited capacity as clergy. They must be members of the Holy Celtic Church, undergo a training program, and be invested and ordained into the Order. The Culdee Order serves as the primary training organization for both incoming members of the Order and individuals later desiring to become Reverend Abbots in the Holy Celtic Church. Each member can be assigned to serve as a chaplain at facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, shelters, etc., or as missionary ministers officiating at cell churches and missions, or by conducting various street ministries. The Order expects members to be self-sufficient and normally serve on a part-time basis. Each Brother and Sister shall be members of the Holy Celtic Church and agree to abide by vows and the code of conduct of the Order.

It should be noted that the Chaplaincy Ministry although needed and fulfills the Great Commission is at the same time often difficult and demanding for those involved. Chaplains can find themselves in emotional, difficult and unstable situations and environments requiring Chaplains to be mature, mentally stable, and dedicated to their work. At the same time the, Chaplaincy is a ministry in which a person can feel a great deal of personal satisfaction in doing good work for the Lord. Unfortunately, the Chaplaincy today is an area of Christian ministry often overlooked, and lacking emphases in many communities.


A complaint from the Culdian Trust claiming copyright infringement against a blog for printing the Gospel of the Kailedy without permission.

December 07, 2010

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