Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 month ago

What happened to the Gospel of Judas?


The Gospel of Judas caused a huge stir when National Geographic published it back in 2006. But to this day, misconceptions about this text abound. Who wrote this text? And what does it really say?

Update 2:

None of you experts on the Bible want to know what this is or what it says? Or have heard of it? 

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  • 1 month ago
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    Based on the content, it seems to have been written by a member or members of one of the branches of the Gnostic philosophical belief system, probably around the late second or early third century, when they were picking up Christian and Jewish notions and adapting them to suit their views. (Other Gnostic/Christian materials also seem to have taken a lot of mythological material from Zoroastrianism.) 


    It's some time since I read it, but as I recall, it has a lot in common with other Gnostic writings: they refer to names and characters from Jewish and Christian backgrounds, but attach their own mythology and generally emphasize the one point of contrast between orthodox and Gnostic views, which is the notion that material creation is inherently evil rather than good.

  • 1 month ago

    It didn't fit the narrative that the people who edited the bible together to make a semi-coherent story wanted to convey, so it was axed.

  • 1 month ago

    Judas didn't write a Gospel.

  • 1 month ago

    The Gnostic Gospel of Judas (that was written in the second or third century) consists of these supposed conversations between Jesus and Judas—I’ve read it. Among other odd things, it has Jesus asking Judas to turn Him in to help Him finish His appointed task from God. And yes, there is some argument that it was poorly translated and that that’s a mistake. But, a lot of people have bought into this. 

    The problem (other than the fact that it was a Gnostic Gospel written much later), is that John 13 lets us know that Judas did it because he had surrendered to Satan. 

    John 13:2 says, “And during supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him...” 

    And 13:27 says, “...after the morsel, Satan then entered into him.” 

    I’m sorry, but Judas didn’t do it because he was a good guy. There’s a reason why we don’t normally name our kids “Judas.” We reserve that name for something like an ugly guard dog.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The only copy of it known to exist is a Coptic language text that has been carbon dated to 280 AD, plus or minus 60 years. It has been suggested that the text derives from an earlier manuscript in the Greek language. An English translation was first published in early 2006 by the National Geographic Society.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Internal evidence of the document in question points to a second century authorship. The earliest reference to its existence (180) by a person who may have known the writer states it as being in error.

    It is one of many works that claim to be a record of the life of Jesus which are not included in the Bible either because of redundancy or questions of authenticity.

    The main focus of the book is not the life of Jesus, but instead on vindication of Judas. With this being the main point of the work it is of little value in understanding Jesus and his teachings.

  • 1 month ago

    If you're referring to Judas Iscariot ; Nothing, yet. The teaching and practice of deception and betrayal is still abundant in this evil dying world.  

  • 1 month ago

    Sure, a first century fisherman with pen and ink. And some papyrus.

    The Gospels were assembled in the 4th and 5th centuries by Scribes who were told what to write by the Royal Roman Courts.


  • 1 month ago

    It didn't adhere to roman catholic church's doctrine that Judas was a villain so they took it away (Revelation 22:19) although Judas was a divine instrument of God in order for Jesus to shed His blood. 

    As a catholic layperson once told me "We have the authority to deem what is relevant to go into Scripture" and believe me they did!  Everything that adheres to THEIR doctrine of a trinity-water baptism and eating His body and drinking His blood.

    If today's Christians only knew; They have been DECEIVED like the snake in the garden did from day one!

    Anything to keep mankind AWAY from GOD!


    Source(s): THUS SAITH THE LORD!
  • 1 month ago

    It is on his webpage.  "Hey Jude, Don't make it bad; Take a sad song and make it better."

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