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Friday, April 07, 2006

The Gospel of Judas

Well...

'Gospel of Judas' Surfaces After 1,700 Years

Lord?

"IT'S A SOLID READ."

Right on:
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, scholars reported today.

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.
Can't wait to hear Messrs. Falwell and Robertson reply to this one.

"THEY AIN'T GONNA BE HAPPY."
The discovery in the desert of Egypt of the leather-bound papyrus manuscript, and now its translation, was announced by the National Geographic Society at a news conference in Washington. 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.

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The most revealing passages in the Judas manuscript begins, "The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot during a week, three days before he celebrated Passover."

The account goes on to relate that Jesus refers to the other disciples, telling Judas "you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me." By that, scholars familiar with Gnostic thinking said, Jesus meant that by helping him get rid of his physical flesh, Judas will act to liberate the true spiritual self or divine being within Jesus.

Unlike the accounts in the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the anonymous author of the Gospel of Judas believed that Judas Iscariot alone among the 12 disciples understood the meaning of Jesus' teachings and acceded to his will.

In the diversity of early Christian thought, a group known as Gnostics believed in a secret knowledge of how people could escape the prisons of their material bodies and return to the spiritual realm from which they came.
"THE EARLY CHURCH WENT AFTER THEM BOYS AND BASICALLY WIPED 'EM OUT."

That's a sort of "Cliff Note" version of Biblical history, isn't it?

"SO?"
The Gospel of Judas is only one of many texts discovered in the last 65 years, including the gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene and Philip, believed to be written by Gnostics.
Good stuff.

More later...

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I wanna go
I wanna go...hot rockin'

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