Gospel According to Judas Will Not Shake Christian Faith

Gospel According to Judas Will Not Shake Christian Faith — Russian Church Leaders

The Gospel according to Judas will not shake Christian faith and will have only historical value, the Moscow Patriarchy’s official representative Mikhail Dudko is quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.

“The find of a text attributed to a famous early Christian or Jesus Christ’s disciple probably will not change the composition of the Holy Writ,” he said.

He stressed that early Christian manuscripts are found constantly and the Gospel according to Judas will not be of canonical interest.

“Nevertheless, we will be able to learn more historical facts from it,” Dudko concluded.

The 62-page papyrus manuscript of the Gospel according to Judas was uncovered in Egypt during the 1950s or 1960s, but its owners did not fully understand its significance until recently. The text, written in Egypt’s ancient Coptic dialect, will be translated into English, French and German before Easter 2006.

According to Christian tradition, the apostle Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver by helping the Romans find him before he was crucified.

The existence of the Gospel, which was originally written in Greek, was outlined by a bishop, Saint Irenee, when he denounced the text as heretical during the second century.

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Apr. 7, 2005

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