Friday, April 07, 2006

About the Gospel of Judas: "I'm just glad it wasn't found in a bank vault in the Vatican."

By now you've heard of the newly publicized Gospel of Judas. This morning The New York Times runs a front-page story, "Document Is Genuine, but Is Its Story True?" featuring "the secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot during a week three days before he celebrated Passover." No doubt a full hardbond publication of the entire parchment text will be available soon. For now you may find it interesting to read a seven-page .pdf file containing a sizeable portion of the parchment. From what I've read, it's a thoroughly gnostic text with references to Barbelo, Yaldabaoth (and others!), lots of secret-telling by Jesus--all the goodies that "people in the know" like to know. I must admit that I chuckled a bit when Rome's Father Senior admitted, "I'm just glad it wasn't found in a bank vault in the Vatican."

Just as I'm posting, another Times article appears: "In Ancient Document, Judas, Minus the Betrayal." Two on one day!


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