Friday, April 07, 2006

Discovering the Gospel of Judas

From The New York Times: "An early Christian manuscript, including the only known text of what is known as the Gospel of Judas, has surfaced after 1,700 years. The text gives new insights into the relationship of Jesus and the disciple who betrayed him... In this version, Jesus asked Judas, as a close friend, to sell him out to the authorities, telling Judas he will "exceed" the other disciples by doing so."

The manuscript was discovered in Egypt. "The 26-page Judas text is said to be a copy in Coptic, made around A. D. 300, of the original Gospel of Judas, written in Greek the century before." It may be "the most significant ancient, nonbiblical text to be found in the past 60 years".

An incredible discovery. As one scholar put it, referring to the Gospel of Judas and other major Gnostic texts: "These discoveries are exploding the myth of a monolithic religion, and demonstrating how diverse -- and fascinating -- the early Christian movement really was."

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  • Like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi discoveries, this latest 'gospel' increases the amount of new scriptural material only available this century making the concept of 'canonical scriptures' and the traditions built upon them even less credible.

    What might 'Christianity' look like if all these resources were available from the beginning? Check this link:

    By Blogger goliah, at 4:59 PM  

  • I belive that the gospel of Judas is a discovery that potentially could change a huge issue with Christians. Was Judas really a traitor, or simply doing as Jesus asked of him? Although it is easy to dismiss the possibility, reading the four original gospels shows us that Judas really didn't have a side to this story. He was simply dismissed with angry words by them as a greedy traitor. It is possible to consider that they might have been so angry with Judas that he was never given a chance. Not to mention the Gospel of Judas was known about long ago, but dismissed as heresy and destroyed by catholic priests.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:08 PM  

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