Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The "Gospel" of Judas

This discovery of an ancient text is getting some people talking about how Judas and Jesus may have worked together in secret to make it look as if Jesus resurrected from the tomb.

The congruency of the Gospels in the Bible, and how they work in full with the rest of the Bible that fails to contradict itself, hold the credibility here. There's a reason (many, actually) why this "gospel" of Judas was not chosen to be a part of the Bible by those charged to make those decisions through prayer and discernment.

But, the story will be big for the next week or two, both in Christian and in secular circles.

Here's a great list of links from ChristianityToday.com's Weblog (by my colleague Ted Olsen).

The "Gospel of Judas":

The lost gospel Was Judas innocent? (National Geographic)

Ancient text shows a different Judas Religious and lay readers alike will debate the meaning and truth of the manuscript (Associated Press)

In ancient document, Judas, minus the betrayal A 1,700-year-old manuscript of the Gospel of Judas portrays Judas Iscariot as Jesus' favored disciple and willing collaborator (The New York Times)

Earlier version: 'Gospel of Judas' surfaces after 1,700 years The text gives new insights into the relationship of Jesus and the disciple who betrayed him, scholars reported today (The New York Times)

Document is genuine, but is its story true? The real debate over the Gospel of Judas will be whether it says anything historically legitimate about Jesus (The New York Times)

'Gospel of Judas' offers contrarian view of Jesus Controversial manuscript authenticated as early Christian writing (MSNBC)

The lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot? Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John make up the four accepted Gospels of the Christian New Testament. Now a new gospel has been unveiled by the National Geographic Society -- one that focuses on the story of Judas Iscariot (Day to Day, NPR)

Newly translated gospel offers more positive portrayal of Judas Manuscript says that the most reviled villain in Christian history was simply doing his master's bidding when he betrayed Jesus (The Washington Post)

Judas is no traitor in long-lost gospel A document from the year 300 portrays him as Jesus' closest friend, who carried out the betrayal only because Christ asked him to (Los Angeles Times)

A new Judas emerges from rediscovered gospel The Gospel of Judas, which offers a radically different account of Jesus Christ's message and of his betrayal by one of his disciples, has been recovered, authenticated, and translated from Coptic into English after being lost for more than 1,600 years (The Boston Globe)

History of Christianity: The Gospel according to Judas Yesterday, a 62-page codex, written from the point of view of the man who betrayed Christ and said to date from the 3rd or 4th century, was unveiled in Washington. A seismic moment for the Christian church? (The Independent, London)

Judas: this is what really happened Thanks to a newly discovered gospel in Judas's name, we now know what his excuse was: Jesus made me do it (The Guardian, London)

The Judas gospel An ancient manuscript paints Judas Iscariot not as Christ's betrayer but as his favorite disciple (Chicago Tribune)

Arguments begin about significance of Judas text Early writings not included in Bible describe a far more diverse early Christianity (Houston Chronicle)

Long-lost gospel of Judas recasts 'traitor' Some theologians, biblical scholars and pastors say this contrary text is not truly "good news" (the meaning of "gospel") and will make no difference to believers as Easter approaches (USA Today)

Did Jesus ask Judas to betray him? Discovery of 'Gospel of Judas' Raises Questions (Primetime, ABC News)

'Gospel' offers radical new perspective on Judas The discovery and translation of a document lost for 1,700 years sheds new light on one of history's most notorious characters -- Judas Iscariot (All Things Considered, NPR)

Ancient text shows Judas in a different light For much of the history of Christianity the popular belief has been that Judas betrayed Jesus. But the translation of the Gospel of Judas made public by National Geographic Society tells a different story (Morning Edition, NPR)

'Gospel of Judas' called an authentic fabrication Despite the careful work by scholars that has gone into a document of obvious interest, I have to express disappointment when I see National Geographic stoop so low into hyperbole as to distort the significance of this discovery (Bruce Chilton, The New York Sun)

Gospel of Judas is a revelation Manuscript suggests apostle unfairly vilified (The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.)

Fascinating stuff, but 100 years too late The Gospel of Judas is an interesting document but it will not be changing the way in which historians, scholars or ordinary Christians understand their faith. (John Pritchard, The Times, London)

New testament: Judas redeemed A fifth gospel challenges one of the basic Christian beliefs (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Not so secret gospels There is nothing very revolutionary or scandalous in itself about another new gospel turning up (BBC)

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