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  • Scholars reveal how they scrambled to authenticate Gospel of Judas

    04/08/2013 8:06:25 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 43 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/08/2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    A long-lost gospel that casts Judas as a co-conspirator of Jesus, rather than a betrayer, was ruled most likely authentic in 2006. Now, scientists reveal they couldn't have made the call without a series of far more mundane documents, including Ancient Egyptian marriage licenses and property contracts. The Gospel of Judas is a fragmented Coptic text, traced back to Egypt, which portrays Judas in a far more sympathetic light than did the gospels that made it into the Bible. In this version of the story, Judas turns Jesus over to the authorities for execution upon Jesus' request, as part of...
  • Brief Analysis of the Gospel of Judas Updated

    05/30/2006 11:53:28 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 4 replies · 236+ views
    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!
  • New revelations (Bp. Fred Henry on the recently discovered Gospel of Skip and Muffy)

    05/29/2006 11:46:35 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 11 replies · 524+ views
    Calgary Sun - Canada ^ | Monday, May 29, 2006 | Bishop Fred Henry (RC)
    New revelationsRecently discovered Gospel of Skip and Muffy has all the makings of yet another blockbuster By Bishop Fred Henry Calgary Sun May 29, 2006 In early April, there was the climatologist who opined that back in the old days, Galilee experienced cold snaps, so maybe Jesus didn't walk on water, but was standing on ice. This, it was suggested, will force Christians to reconsider the foundations of their faith. However, a larger story soon emerged concerning the discovery of the second-century "Gospel of Judas", highly touted by the National Geographic Society and the New York Times. The opening...
  • The Gospel of Judas

    05/12/2006 7:24:59 PM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies · 176+ views
    They said, “Master, you are […] the son of our god.” Jesus said to them, “How do you know me? Truly [I] say to you, no generation of the people that are among you will know me.” DISCIPLES BECOME ANGRY When his disciples heard this, they started getting angry and infuriated and began blaspheming against him in their hearts. When Jesus observed their lack of [understanding, he said] to them, “Why has this agitation led you to anger? Your god who is within you and […] [35] have provoked you to anger [within] your souls. [Let] any one of you...
  • Judas Saves; Why the lost gospel makes sense (Christopher Hitchens)

    05/04/2006 10:20:30 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 146 replies · 2,958+ views
    slate ^ | Ap 13 06 | Christopher Hitchens
    the idea of a sacred Judas always seemed rational to me, at least in Christian terms. The New Testament tells us firmly that Jesus went to Jerusalem at Passover to die and to fulfill certain ancient prophecies by doing so. How could any agent of this process, witting or unwitting, be acting other than according to the divine will? ...[snip] Now we have, recovered from the desert of Egypt, a 26-page "Gospel of Judas," . ...[snip] The Judas gospel puts legend's most notorious traitor in a new light—as the man who enjoyed his master's most intimate confidence, and who was...
  • Stir over Gospel of Judas may not be entirely justified

    04/26/2006 11:53:48 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 124 replies · 782+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | Apr. 26, 2006 | ALAN COCHRUM
    Given that the old Greek word behind the English term "gospel" means "good news," you have to wonder whether the much-touted and recently published Gospel of Judas really qualifies as either. Assuming you didn't give up the media for Lent -- which, come think of it ... oh, never mind -- you could hardly have avoided this month's announcement about the latest addition to the religious history files. To make a long story short: The Gospel of Judas is part of an ancient manuscript that apparently was unearthed in the late 1970s in Egypt. After a lengthy trip through the...
  • Questions arise about scholars who collaborated in National Geographic’s Gospel of Judas

    04/24/2006 1:25:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 57 replies · 1,910+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | April 24, 2006
    Washington DC, Apr. 24, 2006 (CNA) - Questions have arisen about the group of scholars who collaborated with National Geographic in its recent T.V. special about the “discovery” and contents of the alleged Gospel of Judas, which attempts to portray Jesus’ betrayer in a positive light.   Elaine Pagels is a feminist who has written several books against the Catholic Church, such as “The Origin of Satan,” written with the initial help of her colleagues at the Hebrew University of Tel Aviv.  With the assistance of the openly pro-abortion MacArthur Foundation, she researched and wrote “Adam, Eve and the Serpent,”...
  • Return of the Cainites:“The Gospel of Judas” attempts to turn Christianity upside down

    04/21/2006 11:39:18 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 14 replies · 473+ views
    WORLD ^ | 4/29/06 | Gene Edward Veith
    The Gospel of Judas" is a long-lost bit of Gnostic apocrypha. Now that archeologists have found a copy, the media is abuzz with speculation that this ancient document will shed new light on or even change Christianity. According to "The Gospel of Judas," Jesus tells Judas to betray Him. This will enable Jesus' spirit to escape from its fleshly container. Jesus also is said to call Judas the only disciple who truly understands His message. Much of the rest of the "gospel" is just disembodied dialogue about "spirit" as opposed to matter, in sharp contrast to the historically detailed Gospels...
  • Bearer of Bad News: A brief analysis of the so-called “Gospel of Judas"

    04/18/2006 5:04:41 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 12 replies · 354+ views
    This is Part 1 of 3. The word "Gospel" means "good news," the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation, yet in the so-called "gospel of Judas" we only find bad news. In it we find a Jesus who is out of character with the one we find in the canonical Gospels; a Jesus who teaches "secret knowledge," who dismisses the Eucharist, and shows a condescending, even hostile attitude towards his Apostles. In this "gospel," Jesus denies the God of the Church, ranks Judas above the other Apostles, and embraces a Gnostic cosmology at odds with Judaeo-Christianity. This...
  • Story about old, old story an old story

    04/16/2006 8:35:09 PM PDT · by formercalifornian · 24 replies · 927+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | April 15, 2006 | Art Marmorstein
    Many years ago, a Christian friend excitedly shared with me a document collection he had found. The front cover proclaimed the collection to be "Historical Court Records Concerning JESUS the CHRIST, Found in the Libraries at Rome and Constantinople." And, sure enough, there they were: Caiphas' reports to the Sanhedrin on the execution and resurrection of Jesus, Pilate's report to Tiberius on Jesus' arrest, trial and crucifixion, Herod Antipas' letter to the Roman Senate justifying the execution of John the Baptist, and a series of letters from Rabbi Hillel describing his reaction to the preaching and teaching of Peter and...
  • Faith is not shaken by a Judas ‘gospel’

    04/15/2006 9:36:37 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 25 replies · 707+ views
    Lancaster Newspapers via Lancaster Online.com ^ | Apr 15, 2006 | Helen Colwell Adams
    LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Matthew 26:24 The words of the four canonical Gospels, the words that call Judas Iscariot a betrayer of Jesus Christ and a tool of the devil, have been read this Easter weekend in millions of churches around the world. To hear the hype about another gospel, though, Judas got a bum rap. In the Gospel of Judas, released April 5...
  • Judas Saves;Why the lost gospel makes sense.

    04/15/2006 7:21:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies · 705+ views
    Slate ^ | April 13, 2006 | Christopher Hitchens
    I don't normally mind offending holy men, but I can remember feeling absolutely aghast at the injured look that spread across the fine features of the Coptic Archbishop of Eritrea as we sat in his quarters in Asmara in 1993. Was it true, I had asked him, that in the Coptic Christian tradition Judas was considered to be a saint? He jumped like a pea on a hot shovel and, when he had regained his composure, demanded to know how I could possibly have heard such a wicked rumor. Nothing more profane could be imagined than this perversion of the...
  • Archbishop attacks Da Vinci Code 'obsession' (Archbishop of Canterbury)

    04/15/2006 7:08:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 441+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 4/16/06 | Elizabeth Day
    The Archbishop of Canterbury today attacks society's obsession with books such as The Da Vinci Code which, he says, encourage people to believe that the Christian faith is a series of "conspiracies and cover ups". In a strongly worded Easter sermon being delivered in Canterbury Cathedral this morning, Dr Rowan Williams says that there is a tendency to treat Biblical texts "as if they were unconvincing press releases from some official source, whose intention is to conceal the real story". Fascination with "bringing secrets to light", he said, evoked All the President's Men, the 1976 film about the investigative journalists...
  • Christian mavericks find affirmation in ancient heresies

    04/15/2006 11:36:25 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 56 replies · 517+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/14/06 | G. Jeffrey MacDonald
    When the Rev. John Buehrens gives his Easter sermon this Sunday, he'll borrow a page from an unlikely source: the Gospel of Judas. The gnostic text, unveiled by scholars with fanfare last week, portrays Jesus Christ as an enigmatic guru who venerates Judas, teaching him secret accounts of creation and approving his imminent betrayal. Many Christians might find that offensive, or, like Mr. Buehrens of Unitarian First Parish in Needham, Mass., silly. But as an emblem of Christianity's long tradition of dissenting voices, the text is for him an inspiration nonetheless. "An awful lot of what passes for orthodoxy today...
  • Judas 'gospel' is pure fiction

    04/15/2006 6:52:25 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 8 replies · 641+ views
    Judas 'gospel' is pure fiction Rev. Sam Luptak Jr. New Castle News, 4-12-06 Today, we remember the arrest, trial and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. While Christ went willingly to the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, his arrest came as a result of one of the greatest betrayals in history. One of Jesus' disciples, a member of his inner circle, betrayed him with a kiss. For this action, Judas Iscariot was forever condemned as a traitor. For centuries, that has been the story that we have all known and accepted — until a few...
  • The So-Called ‘Gospel’ of Judas: Unmasking an Ancient Heresy

    04/13/2006 8:12:35 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 102 replies · 3,183+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | 4/12/2006 | Charles Colson
    Welcome to Holy Week, American style. Just as millions of Christians are preparing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the media is once again out to debunk historical Christianity. Just last weekend I was in an airport bookstore and saw the new book counter filled with numerous editions of The Da Vinci Code. Then I picked up the New York Times, and there I was greeted with the headline on the front page that read, “In Ancient Document, Judas, Minus the Betrayal.” You probably have seen the hype, including a one-hour National Geographic TV spectacular: After seventeen hundred years, the...
  • 2nd-Century Dan Brown Strikes Again

    04/13/2006 7:42:11 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 1 replies · 195+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 13, 2006 | Mary Kochan
    Suppose I wrote down a story I made up in which George Washington has a series of conversations with some associate and secretly imparts to him a detailed exposition of Marxist political and economic theory. Now, suppose I hide this document and 200 years from now, one of my descendents finds it and turns it over to the National Geographic Society. Would a 23rd-century issue of National Geographic run an article touting "a long-lost document that gives us new insights into the political thought of George Washington and influences upon Karl Marx?"
  • Story is not gospel (msm promotes ancient 'Judas' heresy as 'new' revelation)

    04/10/2006 10:46:35 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 11 replies · 515+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Sunday, April 9, 2006 | FR. THOMAS ROSICA
    Story is not gospel Toronto Sun Sunday, Aprol 9, 2006 By FR. THOMAS ROSICA This past week, a third-century papyrus manuscript containing the long-lost “Gospel of Judas” was presented to the public in Washington, D.C. amid much media frenzy. This is certainly interesting for those who study Church history and ancient manuscripts. But it changes nothing about how the Catholic faith views the figure of Judas Iscariot. Let’s get the facts straight: This version of a Gnostic “gospel” appeared about 30 years ago on the Egyptian antiquities market. The text had last been heard of in 180 AD, when...
  • The Judas Code

    04/10/2006 8:19:12 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 19 replies · 876+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Monday, April 10, 2006 | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    The Judas Code Father Raymond J. de Souza National Post Monday, April 10, 2006 In the year 4006, an enterprising team from Global Geographic announces that experts in late second-millennium languages and data retrieval have pieced together an authentic copy of the long-rumoured-to-exist Da Vinci Code. Religious experts say that the discovery challenges traditional Christian doctrine, as the widely circulated document shows that early-21st-century Christians believed that Jesus was not divine, had married Mary Magdalene, founded a royal dynasty, etc ... It is believed that early fourth-millennium Vatican officials suppressed the sacred text. That is more or less the...
  • Judas the Misunderstood

    01/12/2006 6:32:30 AM PST · by NYer · 46 replies · 731+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 12, 2005 | Richard Owen
    JUDAS ISCARIOT, the disciple who betrayed Jesus with a kiss, is to be given a makeover by Vatican scholars. The proposed “rehabilitation” of the man who was paid 30 pieces of silver to identify Jesus to Roman soldiers in the Garden of Gethsemane, comes on the ground that he was not deliberately evil, but was just “fulfilling his part in God’s plan”. Christians have traditionally blamed Judas for aiding and abetting the Crucifixion, and his name is synonymous with treachery. According to St Luke, Judas was “possessed by Satan”. Now, a campaign led by Monsignor Walter Brandmuller, head of the...
  • From Traitor to Hero? Responding to ?The Gospel of Judas?

    04/10/2006 10:54:05 AM PDT · by Blogger · 28 replies · 609+ views
    http://www.crosswalk.com/news/weblogs/mohler/?adate=04/07/2006#1387259 ^ | Friday, April 7, 2006 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    From Traitor to Hero? Responding to ?The Gospel of Judas? Headlines around the world are announcing the publication of a "long lost" and "suppressed" ancient document, known as The Gospel of Judas. The National Geographic Society announced the publication at a major media event on Thursday, just in time to boost publicity for its Sunday night special on the National Geographic Channel. The announcement led to a frenzy of media coverage, ranging from responsible reports to outrageous sensationalism. According to some commentators, the publication of this new document will force a complete reformulation of Christianity and our understanding of both...
  • The Gospel of Judas is not revolutionary

    04/09/2006 3:45:01 PM PDT · by jude24 · 68 replies · 884+ views
    The Apostolic Fathers ^ | 130-202 AD | Irenaeus
    1. Others again declare that Cain derived his being from the Power above, and acknowledge that Esau, Korah, the Sodomites, and all such persons, are related to themselves. On this account, they add, they have been assailed by the Creator, yet no one of them has suffered injury. For Sophia was in the habit of carrying off that which belonged to her from them to herself. They declare that Judas the traitor was thoroughly acquainted with these things, and that he alone, knowing the truth as no others did, accomplished the mystery of the betrayal; by him all things, both...
  • The "Gospel of Judas". An interview with Father Thomas Williams

    04/09/2006 5:51:20 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 5 replies · 243+ views
    ROME, APRIL 5, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The National Geographic Society has announced its intentions to publish an English translation of an ancient text called "The Gospel of Judas" later this month. The 31-page manuscript, written in Coptic, purportedly surfaced in Geneva in 1983 and has only been translated now. ZENIT asked Legionary Father Thomas D. Williams, dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university in Rome, to comment on the relevance of the discovery. Q: What is the "Gospel of Judas"? Father Williams: Though the manuscript still must be authenticated, it likely represents a fourth- or fifth-century text, and is a...
  • The Gospel Of Judas

    04/08/2006 9:28:32 AM PDT · by Merciful_Friend · 15 replies · 454+ views
    RightWingBob.com ^ | 04/07/2006 | RWB
    The Gospel Of JudasIn a many dark hour I've been thinkin' about this That Jesus Christ Was betrayed by a kiss But I can't think for you You'll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot Had God on his side.
  • News Hypes Judas "Gospel"

    04/08/2006 12:33:37 AM PDT · by Dallasblog.com · 3 replies · 1,136+ views
    DallasBlog.com ^ | 04/07/2006 | Tom Pauken
    It seems like every year right before Easter the mainstream media highlights a major "new discovery" which discredits the central Christian beliefs about the betrayal, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. One year it was an ostensible Christian theologian proclaiming "the death of God" In other years it has been academics "proving" that Christ was only a man and/or that the Resurrection never happened. Of course, this is the year of the "gnostic gospels". The best-selling novel, The DaVinci Code, is about to be made into a movie. The novel seeks to make the case that Christ didn’t die on...
  • Pseudogospels and Hype

    04/07/2006 5:15:00 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 304+ views
    Wannabe/Newbie Anglican ^ | 4/07/2005 | Mark Marshall
    Well what do you know. Another pseudogospel, namely the Gospel of Judas, has been dug up from the ancient circular file and is now being flogged by tendentious media hype. Look, I find noncanonical writings interesting. Heck, I own the two volume Old Testament Pseudepigrapha by Dr. James Charlesworth (a prof of mine during my Duke days, by the way) . . . and I’ve actually read some of it! And such writings give interesting insight into the religious isms and spasms of their day. But to flog the Gospel of Judas and such as undermining the validity and historicity...
  • The Judas We Never Knew

    04/07/2006 3:56:27 PM PDT · by rhema · 160 replies · 2,946+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 04/06/2006 | Collin Hansen
    The Gospel of Judas debuted Thursday in Washington, D.C. What's the Gospel of Judas, you ask? Well, it's not a gospel. And it's not written by Judas. But it's still important, if not the most important nonbiblical text discovered during the last 60 years, as a National Geographic Society executive told The New York Times. The text, a copy of the document written during the second century, reveals some big news. Turns out Judas wasn't the renegade disciple who betrayed Jesus and committed suicide after remorse overwhelmed him. No, this Judas was just doing what Jesus told him to do....
  • Long-lost Gospel of Judas to be published

    12/19/2005 7:19:55 AM PST · by laney · 254 replies · 2,826+ views
    Religion News ^ | Dec 19th, 2005
    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 of Judas' gives new view of Jesus' betrayer

    04/06/2006 7:11:35 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 52 replies · 1,157+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/6/06 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Judas Iscariot, vilified as Christ's betrayer, acted at Jesus' request in turning him over to the authorities who crucified him, according to a 1,700-year-old copy of the "Gospel of Judas" unveiled on Thursday. In an alternative view to traditional Christian teaching, the Judas gospel shows the reviled disciple as the only one in Jesus' inner circle who understood his desire to shed his earthly body. "He's the good guy in this portrayal," said Bart Ehrman, a religion professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "He's the only apostle who understands Jesus." The Judas gospel's...
  • 'Gospel of Judas' Called An Authentic Fabrication

    04/07/2006 6:38:55 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 150 replies · 5,871+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | April 7, 2006 | BRUCE CHILTON
    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...
  • Traitor or ally: gospel sheds new light on Judas (New ancient manuscript found)

    04/06/2006 12:41:01 PM PDT · by Justice · 171 replies · 3,878+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | Apr 6, 2006 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Lost for almost 1,700 years, a manuscript entitled "Gospel of Judas" is putting a new spin on the case of the biblical bad guy, maintaining that Jesus actually asked disciple Judas to betray him. The third- or fourth-century ancient Coptic manuscript -- authenticated, translated and displayed Thursday at National Geographic headquarters here -- paints a different picture of Judas and Jesus. The papyrus manuscript known as a codex maintains, as the bible does not, that Jesus requested that Judas "betray" him by handing him to authorities, something it says pained Judas greatly."The codex has been authenticated as...
  • Expert Doubts 'Gospel of Judas' Revelation

    03/02/2006 4:37:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 608+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/2/06 | Richard N. Ostling - AP
    NEW YORK - 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 text,...
  • Gospel of Judas back in spotlight after 20 centuries

    04/04/2005 10:11:49 AM PDT · by robowombat · 191 replies · 3,666+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | 2005-03-30 | Patrick Baert
    2005-03-30 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. By Patrick Baert - GENEVA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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...