Category: Gospel of Judas

Gospel of Judas Called An Authentic Fabrication

The National Geographic Society released the manuscript of what is called “The Gospel of Judas” yesterday. By National Geographic’s own account, a team first assembled by the Maecenas Foundation has been working on the text since 2001. As a result of press releases tied to publication of the text, widespread coverage has repeated the claim that this is an authentic and unique representation of the historical relationship between Jesus and Judas, and that Jesus encouraged Judas to betray him. Despite the careful work by scholars that has gone into a document of obvious interest, I have to express disappointment when

Gospel of Judas: Document Is Genuine, but Is Its Story True?

In 1959, when the Gospel of Thomas was first published in English, many Christians were shocked to learn that any gospels existed other than Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It was also the first time that most Christians had ever heard about the Gnostics — Christian communities in the second through fourth centuries whose scriptures and spiritual beliefs barely resemble what is now thought of as traditional Christianity. But the Gospel of Judas, another piece of Gnostic scripture, has been released in a very different era. It is a time when many Christians have been bombarded by competing claims about

Gospel of Judas Surfaces After 1,700 Years

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. Though some theologians have hypothesized this, scholars who have studied the new-found text said, this is the first time an ancient document defends the idea. The discovery in the desert

Did Jesus Ask Judas to Betray Him?

Discovery of ‘Gospel of Judas’ Raises Questions April 6, 2006 – It is a mystery 2,000 years in the making, buried in the desert and fueled by centuries of debate and doubt, theft and deceit. The question: Was there ever a Gospel according to Judas? And if there was, what did it reveal? The mystery began to unravel almost 30 years ago, according to a new National Geographic Channel documentary. A farmer looking for treasure in a cave in Egypt instead found a decaying leather-bound book, a codex. Because the text was written in ancient Coptic, the farmer did not

Gospel of Judas published this week

(ANSA) – Rome, April 3 – A fourth-century papyrus manuscript containing the long-lost ‘Gospel of Judas‘ will be presented in Washington on Thursday . The Gospel of Judas is one of several ancient accounts of Christ’s life which were rejected as suspect by the fathers of the early Church and so they did not become part of the Bible . Vatican officials have denied that the publication this week is part of a rehabilitation of Judas by the Catholic Church . The document reportedly argues that Judas Iscariot, known to Christians as the man who betrayed Jesus Christ, was an

Expert Doubts ‘Gospel of Judas’ Revelation

NEW YORK, (AP) — An expert on ancient Egyptian texts is predicting that the “Gospel of Judas” — a manuscript from early Christian times that’s nearing release amid widespread interest from scholars — will be a dud in terms of learning anything new about Judas. James M. Robinson, America’s leading expert on such ancient religious texts from Egypt, predicts in a new book that the text won’t offer any insights into the disciple who betrayed Jesus. His reason: While it’s old, it’s not old enough. “Does it go back to Judas? No,” Robinson told The Associated Press on Thursday. The

Long-lost Gospel of Judas to be published

The heresy-fighting bishop Irenaeus of Lyon, France, mentioned the Gospel of Judas about 180 AD, linking the writing to a Gnostic sect. Some two centuries later, Epiphanius, bishop of Cyprus, criticized the Gospel of Judas for treating the betrayer of Jesus as commendable, one who “performed a good work for our salvation.” Until recent years, no copy of the text was generally known to exist. It was not among, for instance, the 46 different apocryphal texts of the Nag Hammadi Library discovered 60 years ago this month in Egypt. Other fragmentary texts, such as the Gospel of Mary, were discovered

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. See Also The Gnostic Gospels: Are They Authentic Gnostism and the gnostic Jesus “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

Judas to tell his story

About 2000 years after the Gospel according to Judas sowed discord among early Christians, a Swiss foundation is translating the controversial text named after the apostle, said to have betrayed Jesus. See Also The Gnostic Gospels: Are They Authentic Gnostism and the gnostic Jesus The 62-page papyrus manuscript of the text was uncovered in Egypt during the 1950s or 1960s, but its owners did not fully comprehend its significance until recently, according to the Maecenas Foundation in Basel. The manuscript written in the ancient dialect of Egypt’s Coptic Christian community will be translated into English, French and German in about

Gospel of Judas back in spotlight after 20 centuries

Swiss foundation seeks to shed light on controversial Christian text named after apostle said to have betrayed Jesus. About 2,000 years after the Gospel according to Judas sowed discord among early Christians, a Swiss foundation says it is translating for the first time the controversial text named after the apostle said to have betrayed Jesus Christ. The 62-page papyrus manuscript of the text was uncovered in Egypt during the 1950s or 1960s, but its owners did not fully comprehend its significance until recently, according to the Maecenas Foundation in Basel. The manuscript written in the ancient dialect of Egypt’s Coptic