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  The Lost Gospel of Judas--Photos, Time Line, Maps--National Geographic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The Gospel of Judas gives a different view of the relationship between Jesus and Judas, offering new insights into the disciple who betrayed Jesus.
Unlike the accounts in the canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in which Judas is portrayed as a reviled traitor, this newly discovered Gospel portrays Judas as acting at Jesus' request when he hands Jesus over to the authorities.
Two National Geographic books, The Gospel of Judas and The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot, are available now.
www.nationalgeographic.com /lostgospel   (321 words)

  Gospel of Judas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Gospel of Judas is a Gnostic gospel, the text of which was partially reconstructed in 2006.
The Gospel of Judas describes Judas as being the favourite disciple of Jesus, just as the Gospel of Mary describes Mary as the favourite disciple, the Gospel of Thomas describes Thomas as the favourite disciple.
The discovery of the Gospel of Judas was not a surprise to the scholars.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Gospel_of_Judas   (3620 words)

 Talk:Gospel of Judas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Regarding the synoptic gospels, the mainstream view is that Matthew and Luke are based on an earlier (possibly apostolic) source, which may also be cognate with or underlie the Gospel of Thomas (namely, the Q document), and-or oral tradition, as well as the Gospel of Mark (see Markan priority), with later theological embellishments.
Judas is alleged to have killed himself prior to Jesus's resurrection and the organization of the Church in Acts.
The discovery of the Gospel of Judas was a surprise.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Gospel_of_Judas   (12899 words)

 The Betrayer's Gospel - The New York Review of Books
The Gospel of Judas, released to the public for the first time in April, is one of the most important contributions to our sources for early Christianity since the discovery of thirteen papyrus codices near the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945.
Judas becomes anxious at this: "Teacher, surely my seed is not subject to the rulers?" The editors of the gospel assert in a footnote that "seed" here refers to "the spark of the divine within" but this interpretation is unnecessary.
The Gospel of Judas teaches its readers that they were created by inferior angels, yet in the divine image of perfect humanity; that they have the potential to reclaim their authentic heavenly identity, and also the potential to die without ever realizing who they really are.
www.nybooks.com /articles/19031   (5691 words)

 Gospel Of Judas
The Gospel of Judas was discovered in the 1970s in an Egyptian cave.
The Gospel of Judas is a Gnostic gospel and is consistent with Gnostic viewpoints.
The Gospel of Judas begins with these words: "the secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot during a week three days before the celebrated Passover." Later, the text says that Jesus tells Judas, “you will exceed all of them.
www.allaboutjesuschrist.org /gospel-of-judas.htm   (604 words)

 Gospel of Judas
The Gospel of Judas debunks a myth of betrayal of Jesus and the belief in condemnation of Judas that have been cherished throughout the centuries.
In the Gospel of Judas Jesus challenges His disciples in the same manner inviting them to bring out the perfect human in them because this is the only way they can stand up in front of Him.
For Jesus in the Gospel of Judas, death is not tragedy, nor is it a necessary evil to bring about the forgiveness of sins.
www.themiracletimes.com /Jesus-Christ/Gospel-of-Judas.htm   (1931 words)

 Ben Witherington: The Gospel of Judas--- Part Two
As she reminded me, the way Irenaeus describes the content of the Gospel of Judas that he knows, it has very different content from this Coptic Gospel of Judas which we are now being regaled with.
Judas alone was acquainted with these things perfectly fits what GJ says about Judas; several times Jesus takes him aside as one special.
What about such gospels, though, as the Gospel of the Egyptions, the Gospel of the Hebrews, the Ebionites, etc. It doesn't seem to be the case in these instances that the authors borrowed names to produce a sense of eye-witness authority.
benwitherington.blogspot.com /2006/04/gospel-of-judas-part-two.html   (2113 words)

 Why the Gospel of Judas makes sense. - By Christopher Hitchens - Slate Magazine
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 given the crucial task of helping him shed his fleshly mortality.
Only Judas has guessed the master aright—and has discerned that he comes from the heavenly realm of the god "Barbelo." In the realm of Barbelo, it seems, earthly pains are unknown and the fortunate inhabitants are free from the attentions of the God of the Old Testament.
Judas as a sympathetic character is the motivation behind "Jesus Christ Superstar." Much earlier Jorge luis Borges (the real-life model for Borges in The Name of the Rose), wrote a short story, "Three Version of Judas", which 'proved' that the Messiah was actually Judas, not Christ.
www.slate.com /id/2139781/?nav=tap3   (1836 words)

 Stand to Reason Blog: The Gospel of Judas
The Gospel of Judas and the Gospel of Thomas are late writings well after the first century, long after the canonical books were authored.
One glaring problem with the viewpoint of the Gospel of Judas is its portrayal of Judas' role in Jesus death.
Judas' betrayal was by no means necessary to God's plan; it was a choice Judas made that God incorporated into His plan.
str.typepad.com /weblog/2006/02/the_gospel_of_j.html   (1567 words)

 NPR : The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot?
I think that the gospel of Judas Iscariot is actually a very reverent document coming from approximately the 2nd century -- well after the four gospels accepted as the canonical gospels were actually written.
Judas is the one who enables Jesus to fulfill his mission -- to die and to release that inner spark within himself and within all of us that is the divine.
In early Christianity, there were at least 30 potential gospels floating around, and there were dozens and dozens if not hundreds of original documents which were winnowed down at an early stage in the 3rd and 4th centuries which became the New Testament and the basis of the new religion called Christianity.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=5327692   (2361 words)

 The Gospel of Judas - Gnosis - Practical Gnosticism
Judas Iscariot is another very interesting case; really this apostle never betrayed Jesus the Christ; he only played a role and this role was taught to him by Master Jesus himself.
Judas had to learn by memory the role that he had to represent and this was taught to him by the Master Jesus himself.
The gospel of Judas is related with the dissolution of the Ego.
www.gnosticteachings.org /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=346&Itemid=43   (1367 words)

 ‘Gospel of Judas’ offers contrarian view of Jesus - Science - MSNBC.com
Instead of portraying Judas Iscariot as a traitor, as the canonical gospels of the New Testament do, this document — the Gospel of Judas — indicates that he acted at the request of Jesus to help him shed his earthly body.
Although this is the first time the actual text of the Gospel of Judas has surfaced in modern times, its existence has been well-known to scholars for centuries.
The Gospel of Judas is linked to a group called the Gnostics, who believed that the way to salvation was through secret knowledge given by Jesus to his inner circle.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/12186080   (1262 words)

 Gospel of Judas
In sum, in addition to the four canonical gospels, we have four complete noncanonicals, seven fragmentary, four known from quotations and two hypothetically recovered for a total of 21 gospels from the first two centuries, and we know that others existed in the early period.
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 earthly and heavenly, were thus thrown into confusion.
It remains to be firmly established that the recently uncovered "Gospel of Judas" corresponds to the Gospel of Judas mentioned by Irenaeus of Lyons.
www.earlychristianwritings.com /gospeljudas.html   (671 words)

 deseretnews.com | BYU panelists question value of Gospel of Judas
PROVO — The newly translated "Gospel of Judas" doesn't contain the actual sayings of either Jesus or Judas, according to a panel of religious scholars who spoke at Brigham Young University on Saturday.
Judd contrasted the Gospel of Judas with the biblical, or "canonical," gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Gospel of Judas is like several other Gnostic gospels in saying the God of the Old Testament is not Jesus' God, she added.
deseretnews.com /dn/view/0,1249,635200177,00.html   (913 words)

 Gospel of Judas inspires awe, wrath - The Boston Globe
In the Gospel of Judas, Judas is portrayed as a favored disciple of Christ who turned him over to the Romans for execution at Christ's urging.
But she believes that because the Judas text and others of the same era have been discovered, Irenaeus will increasingly be viewed as just one of many sources on the beliefs of early Christianity, rather than the definitive source.
But Perkins also said she is not yet convinced of the authenticity of the Gospel of Judas, and she criticized those involved in the rediscovery for presenting the text to the public before they made sufficient information available to the scholarly community.
www.boston.com /news/world/middleeast/articles/2006/04/08/gospel_of_judas_inspires_awe_wrath   (1007 words)

 The "Gospel of Judas": National Geographic Attacks Christianity With Biased "Research"
Judas Iscariot, instead of being the evil one controlled by Satan, who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, is portrayed as the obedient one who did Jesus' bidding by turning Jesus into the Sanhedrin, the council of Jewish leaders.
The "Gospel of Judas" manuscript was carbon dated at 220-340 A.D. In addition the ink was analyzed, confirming the radiocarbon date of the manuscript.
The theology in the "Gospel of Judas" is polytheistic, which is why it was labeled as heretical by early church leaders.
www.godandscience.org /apologetics/gospel_judas.html   (1346 words)

 The Gospel of Judas
In other words, Judas is misunderstood and unworthy of the villification placed on his shoulders by later generations.
The Gospel of Judas hibernated in an Egyptian cave for 1,800 years because the Church placed it at odds with accepted teachings.
Scholars and critics dismiss the Gospel of Judas as a dud, unworthy of the amount of press it's receiving this week.
www.thesimon.com /magazine/articles/canon_fodder/01131_the_gospel_judas.html   (1050 words)

 USATODAY.com - Long-lost gospel of Judas recasts 'traitor'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Lost for centuries and bound for controversy, the so-called gospel of Judas was unveiled by scholars Thursday.
In the gospel text, Judas is given private instruction by Jesus and is granted a vision of the divine that is denied to other disciples, who do not know that Jesus has requested his own betrayal.
The gospel of Judas is broadly representative of "gnostic" beliefs prevalent in the two or three centuries after the death of Jesus, said the Rev. Donald Senior of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, who was an adviser to the restoration team.
www.usatoday.com /news/religion/2006-04-06-judas_x.htm   (1920 words)

 BibleDudes Blog » Blog Archive » Gospel of Judas
The Gospel of Judas was composed after the canonical Gospels were written, at about the same time as the Nag Hammadi Gospels were written.
As a result, we assume not only that The Gospel of Judas was not written by Judas — after all, he had been dead for over a century — but may not be what the public assumes a Gospel would be — a collection of the stories and/or sayings of Jesus.
Judas who betrayed and sold the Master after the crucifixion was overwhelmed by a genuine and saving sense of remorse and tried with all his might to draw close to Christ in order to apologize for his betrayal and sale.
bibledudes.com /blog/2006/03/06/gospel-of-judas   (2517 words)

 A new Judas emerges from rediscovered gospel - The Boston Globe
The Gospel of Judas, which offers a radically different account of Jesus Christ's message and of his betrayal by one of his disciples, has been recovered, authenticated, and translated from Coptic into English after being lost for more than 1,600 years.
The denunciation of the Gospel of Judas by Irenaeus, who is recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, provides the earliest historical record of the gospel's existence.
Princeton University professor of religion Elaine Pagels, who also participated in the verification process, called discovery of the Judas gospel ''astonishing" and said that it, along with the gospels of Mark and Mary Magdalen discovered in Upper Egypt 60 years ago, ''is transforming our understanding" of the early centuries of Christian history.
www.boston.com /news/world/middleeast/articles/2006/04/07/a_new_judas_emerges_from_rediscovered_gospel   (917 words)

 TayTV Media Blog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The 26-page Judas text is said to be a copy in Coptic, made around A. 300, of the original Gospel of Judas, written in Greek the century before.
Terry Garcia, an executive vice president of the geographic society, said the manuscript, or codex, is considered by scholars and scientists to be the most significant ancient, nonbiblical text to be found in the past 60 years.
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.
www.taytv.com /2006/04/gospel-of-judas.html   (466 words)

 Ecclesia Gnostica in Nova Albion: Gospel of Judas: Fragments
The attribution to Judas is fascinating, as it means literally "the Jew", often associated in Christian literature with a psychic or pre-pneumatic state: Saved, but unenlightened [Disclaimer: I don't think this is very polite.] There are a bazillion Judases in the Christian Gospels: Iscariot, Thaddeus, Brother-of-James, and of course Judas Thomas, the twin.
Judas Thomas is identified in tradition as Jesus' twin (ergo also brother of James) and in some stories takes his brother's place upon the cross to fool the authorities, both local and Archonic.
Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon and the assumed betrayer, is usually left out of these myriad family associations, but his role in the Passion is pivotal.
egina.blogspot.com /2006/02/gospel-of-judas-fragments.html   (563 words)

 The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod - Gospel of Judas
The existence of the Gospel of Judas has been known for centuries, and thus is no “new” discovery (only the discovery of the Coptic manuscript is “new”).
He wrote: “They produce a fictitious history of this kind, which they label the Gospel of Judas.” Ancient gnostics, whose teachings were rejected by early Christians as heretical, generally taught that material creation is evil, entrapping what belongs to the divine or spiritual realm.
The New Testament Gospels and Epistles, written in the second half of the first century, were soon circulated and authenticated themselves upon the church (not merely by popular vote in a political process, as is sometimes alleged today).
www.lcms.org /pages/internal.asp?NavID=9820   (538 words)

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