On the Gnostic Gospel of Judas.
April 6, 2006 3:08 PM Subscribe
Gnostic Gospel of Judas, they say!
Hot on the heels of Christ On Ice
and the, er, "newly discovered" Gospel fragment
, the news outlets are currently drooling
all over National Geographic's
recent conclusive dating and translation of surviving fragments of the Apocryphal Gospel of Judas
, now dated to about 300 CE. The text is classically Gnostic
, emphasizing a duality
splitting Christ's "spiritual" and "fleshly" natures, as opposed to Christian orthodoxy's belief in the Incarnation
. Looking beyond the wide-eyed "OMG THIS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE CHRISTIANITY AS WE KNOW IT" sensationalism, Internet Monk asks if a 300 year-old apocryphal biography of George Washington
would be regarded as authentic were it discovered in 1970. James F. Robinson
, an expert on ancient Egyptian texts, regards the Judas Gospel as mostly a dud
, produced by Cainite Gnostics who took it upon themselves to "rehabilitate" villians of Bible mythos. Even if you don't believe in the account
of Judas, there's no denying his contributions
to the Christian narrative. Truly
a historical icon.
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