believe it or not: judas iscariot was a demon, not a saint

the NYT is delving into the arcanes of historical critical science to prove the National Geographic Society wrong. Apparently the latter had claimed a few months ago to have found a coptic version of a Gospel of Judas in which Jesus asked Judas to betray him (sounds like The Last Tempation of Jesus Christ doesn’t it? Book, Film) and Judas was subsequently exalted above all other disciples. April D. Deconick, writing for the NYT, retranslated the text and found that far from being a saint, judas was actually a demon.

Of course, Irenaeus of Lyons had already debunked this Gospel of Judas back in 188 in his Adversus Haereses, well before the NGS, Scorsese or Kazantzakis went public with it!

CHAP. XXXI.–DOCTRINES OF THE CAINITES.

1. 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.

and to say i always thought he was a red-head….

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One Comment to “believe it or not: judas iscariot was a demon, not a saint”

  1. I was particularly interested in what DeConick said (see the full New York Times piece) about the Dead Sea Scrolls:

    “The situation reminds me of the deadlock that held scholarship back on the Dead Sea Scrolls decades ago. When manuscripts are hoarded by a few, it results in errors and monopoly interpretations that are very hard to overturn even after they are proved wrong.”

    From what I understand, the consequences of the Scrolls monopoly are indeed still continuing today, in a misleading exhibit taking place in a “natural history” museum in San Diego. See this article for details:

    http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/did-christian-agenda-lead-biased-dead-sea-scrolls-exhibit-san-diego

    So I would suggest that an important question is whether so-called liberal Christian scholars — by which I mean scholars of Christian faith who, like April DeConick, seek to do their research in accordance with fundamental scientific principles rather than any religious agenda — will part company with their Evangelical-minded colleagues and frankly condemn what is going on with the Dead Sea Scrolls in one museum exhibit after another.

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