Friday, April 07, 2006

Gospel of Judas Published

Download portions of the translation here. (I know one of the translators. He taught my previous best male friend and previous girlfriend NT Greek.)

To learn more, see the “official” site on National Geographic here.

Historically speaking, the newly discovered Gospel of Judas will tell us nothing about Yeshua, Judas, or the first few centuries of Christianity. It is, however, a valuable historical find and a hokey curiosity. Until this manuscript of the "gospel", we only knew of it from ancient church father Irenaeus who says this about it:
“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 earthly and heavenly, were thus thrown into confusion. They produce a fictitious history of this kind, which they style the Gospel of Judas.”
--Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 31:1


Blogger Steve Hayes said...

Thanks for the link and the comment. I've linked it to my blog.

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