Judas: Another Gospel? Is it Genuine? Discovered in a subterranean chamber in Egypt in 1970’s. Carbon-14 dating: AD 220-340. A Coptic manuscript on papyrus. Quoted by Iranaeus Against Heresies AD180. Probably originated AD 150-170. Bottom line, it is genuine!
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“The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot.”
Judas was Jesus’ closest apostle.
Jesus revealed secret, deeper knowledge of his purpose and ministry to Judas. This Gospel reveals this deeper knowledge (gnosis).
“Some of these alternative versions (Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Phillip, Gospel of Judas) may have circulated more widely than the familiar four Gospels”
“A long-buried side of Christianity is re-emerging”
“In fact, it is unclear whether the authors of any of the gospels—even the familiar four—actually witnessed the events they described.”
Judas Did Jesus a favor when he “betrayed” him!!!
The source of Gnostic teaching was NOT Christianity.
a. Its practices come principally from the Mystery Religions.
b. Its theology came principally from Dualistic religion, such as Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism.
c. Its philosophy came principally from neo-Platonism (Plato, Plotinus).
d. Its story (or myth) came from Christianity.
Other sources: Nag Hamadi Library (1945, Egypt) Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Phillip, etc.
Gnostic Christian “gospels” are Gnostic writings dressed up to look like Christianity.
Ex: Sophia of Jesus Christ = Book of Eugnostos the Blessed
National Geographic: Marcionites, Ebionites, Gnostics, Orthodox Christians are all equally valid views of Jesus which fought it out. What we know as Christianity is the one that won out (DaVinci Code). The Gospel of Judas is just another of many equally valid pictures of the true Jesus. “In fact, it is unclear whether the authors of any of the gospels—even the familiar four—actually witnessed the events they described.”
This is a lie!!!
Even the Gnostics did not take them as historical facts. They interpreted their stories/myths as allegories with deep, hidden meaning.
Even Marcion, in his “canon” did not list the Gospel of Thomas or any other of the Gnostic writings! No apostolic authority.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts:
Clearly to be taken as literal history with obvious literal meaning. Jesus really walked on water. We know when and where he was born, where he lived, who he touched and healed. He died a horrible, physical, bloody death. This is unmistakably literal.
Justin Martyr AD 150 four “memoirs of the apostles.”
Irenaeus: MML&J are the “four pillars of the Gospel.”
The New Testament canon was chosen as those books which, by consensus, had apostolic authority.
The four gospels are the only ones even the heretics ever saw as being truly apostolic.
John 18:31-33, 37
The Gospel of Judas is not a gospel at all. It is a non-Christian, Gnostic writing from some time after AD 150 with absolutely no apostolic authority and virtually no historical content. It is of great interests to historians of religion in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 2nd century AD, but it has nothing new to tell us about Jesus or about true Christianity.