Thursday, April 06, 2006

Significance of the Gospel of Judas

Now I am not an expert on early Christian literature, but as a former expert on another aspect of Late Antiquity, I've read far more about early Christianity than most people.

Coming from that standpoint, I find that most of today's news items on the Gospel of Judas to be very deceptive.

I don't think this tells us a thing about Judas.

It is a 2nd century text, written long after the four better-known Gospels, that is useful primarily to illuminate debates among 2nd century Christians about the nature of Jesus and the meaning of his message.

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