Monday, December 03, 2007

Gospel Truth

The National Geographic gets spanked.
AMID much publicity last year, the National Geographic Society announced that a lost 3rd-century religious text had been found, the Gospel of Judas Iscariot. The shocker: Judas didn’t betray Jesus. Instead, Jesus asked Judas, his most trusted and beloved disciple, to hand him over to be killed. Judas’s reward? Ascent to heaven and exaltation above the other disciples. Read the rest.

1 comment:

View from Here said...

Professor DeConick's New York Times piece on the Gospel of Judas fiasco is excellent. I was particularly interested in what she said 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 an exhibit taking place in San Diego. See this article for an example of the kind of horrifying conflict this has led to:

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 serious biblical scholars like April DeConick will frankly condemn what has been going on with the Dead Sea Scrolls in one museum exhibit after another for the past ten years. Or will we have another decade of silence, innuendo and embarrassed shrugging of shoulders?