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Judas not a Superstar?

Posted by Eliot Weinstein on January 13, 2008

A great story from the end of 2007 that I missed:

The purported Gospel of Judas, a fourth-century Gnostic religious text discovered in the 1970s and translated last year by the National Geographic Society and a team of biblical scholars, appears to have been substantially misinterpreted. Based on the preliminary translation released by National Geographic in 2006, this “lost gospel” states that Judas Iscariot was actually a hero and martyr, who was asked by Jesus to orchestrate the infamous betrayal to the Romans so that Jesus could fulfill a holy destiny. According to a Rice University Biblical studies professor, the previous translators made many egregious mistakes, and the text actually describes Judas Iscariot as a demon who sacrificed Jesus to dark powers.

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