Skip to comments.Brief Analysis of the Gospel of Judas Updated
Posted on 05/30/2006 11:53:28 AM PDT by Teˇfilo
Folks, I have updated the consolidated PDF version of my Brief Analysis of the Gospel of Judas. I think I have removed the most egregious typos, blunders, expression errors and barbarisms that crept into the text while I typed at all due speed. That's the price sometimes we have to pay for "combat writing."
You may download the updated version from the blogpost. That way I can keep track of the approximate number of downloads. Thanks!
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Gospel of Judas
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Gospel of Judas
Date before 180, mentioned by Irenaeus
Attribution no attribution
Location El Minya, Egypt near Beni Masar,
Sources no academic consensus
Manuscripts Codex Tchacos, references in early Christian writings
Audience Cainites / Sethians - Gnostic sects
Theme The loyalty of Judas
The Gospel of Judas is a Gnostic gospel, the text of which was partially reconstructed in 2006. It has a strong positive focus on Judas Iscariot, but does not claim to have been written by him. According to the canonical Gospels, Judas betrayed Jesus Christ to the Jewish authorities, who then turned him over to the Roman authorities by whom he was crucified. The Gospel of Judas interprets this act positively, as one performed in obedience to the instructions of Jesus, rather than as a betrayal. This positive portrayal follows from the Gnostic notion that the human form is a prison. In this view, Judas helped to release the spirit of Christ from its physical constraints.
The Gospel of Judas does not claim that the other disciples knew gnostic teachings. On the contrary, it asserts that the disciples have not learned the true Gospel, which Jesus taught only to Judas Iscariot, as exemplified in the following words: "Knowing that Judas was reflecting upon something that was exalted, Jesus said to him: Step away from the others [the disciples] and I shall tell you the mysteries of the Kingdom. It is possible for you to reach it, but you will grieve a great deal. For someone else will replace you, in order that the twelve (disciples) may again come to completion with their God."
The Gospel of Judas goes even further, showing Jesus in various instances criticizing the other disciples for their ignorance and their followers of immorality. When they present a vision they had to him, he points out the vision's true meaning as follows: "Those you have seen receiving the offerings at the altar that is who you are. That is the God you serve, and you are those twelve men you have seen. The cattle you have seen brought for sacrifice are the many people you lead astray before that altar. (. . .) will stand and make use of My name in this way, and generations of the pious will remain loyal to Him."
So according to this book of Judas, Who didn't write the book since it was written hundreds of years after his death, is responsible for the "elevation of Jesus" to a Spiritual Plane? This piece of garbage makes a traitor of God the Son into a hero. HOW BLASPHEMOUS CAN YOU GET!!! It's as bad a the blasphemous DAH vinci code lie.
Note: this topic was posted 05/30/2006. Thanks TeÃ³filo.