Thursday, April 06, 2006

Ancient Manuscript Suggests Jesus Asked Judas to Betray Him

Interesting. This is a gnostic text. Keep in mind that there many texts that purport to be written by different apostles, and obviously weren't. This type of literature is called pseudapigrapha, and means something that is claimed to be written by someone (in this case judas) but is not. In other words we shouldn't pay much attenton to it except in how it helps us understand the gnostics and what they believed.

An ancient manuscript rediscovered after 1,700 years may shed new light on the relationship between Jesus and Judas, the disciple who betrayed him.

Rather than the traitor Judas is portrayed as in the New Testament, this document — the "Gospel of Judas" — indicates that he acted at the request of Jesus to help him shed his earthly body. Read More.

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