Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Gospel According to Judas

Appropriately for Easter, National Geographic magazine recently published on their Website a Coptic text -- found already in the 1970s from Egypt -- and an excerpt of its English translation. This Gnostic and apocryphal text is called The Gospel of Judas.

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.

The Gnosis Archive (in Finnish)


Juri on Judas & Jorge Luis Borges

1 comment:

Juri said...

This whole thing was already explained in one of Jorge Luis Borges's short stories in 1940, IIRC. I forget if the story has been translated, but there's nothing new here. Judas has always been the Christianity's biggest hero.