Did a 'dream team' of biblical scholars mislead millions? [Chronicle of Higher Education]
You may recall the curfuffle over the gnostic "Gospel of Judas" (previously)
. The National Geographic's documentary premiere "attracted four million viewers, making it the second-highest-rated program in the channel's history, behind only a documentary on September 11. . . . However, it's a perfect example, critics argue, of what can happen when commercial considerations are allowed to ride roughshod over careful research. What's more, the controversy has strained friendships in this small community of religion scholars — causing some on both sides of the argument to feel, in a word, betrayed."
posted by spock
on Jun 30, 2008 -
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.
posted by brownpau
on Apr 6, 2006 -