One reason it was denounced by the early church is because of its sympathetic portrayal of Judas Iscariot.As the New York Times news story put it, "In this version, Jesus asked Judas, as a close friend, to sell him out to the authorities, telling Judas he will 'exceed' the other disciples by doing so." It's easy to understand why, in our Da Vinci Code-obsessed culture, such a portrayal of Judas would be appealing.
Portraying Judas Iscariot, the ultimate villain of history, as a heroic figure is a fantastic act of deconstruction - very appealing to postmodern readers more comfortable with anti-heroes than heroes.
The Gospel of Judas is also appealing for the same reason crime noir novels and films are appealing: the complexity and moral ambiguity involved.
If you must buy one of the many books being pumped out this season to capitalise on the film of the mega-selling book [THE DA VINCI CODE], this is the one to get.
(SUNDAY HERALD (7.5.06)) As discussed in The Da Vinci Code...
asked me some questions this week about the recent revelation that the Gospel of Judas had been authenticated by a number of means.
See for the news report, and for Katherine’s article (published 11 April 2013). This will also be published in the later this week.
Handwriting changes over time, and ancient Greek papyri, of which there are hundreds of thousands still in existence, give us plenty of illustrations of these changes.
Actual dated papyri give us concrete evidence for when a particular style of writing was used.
he recently-uncovered Lost Gospel of Judas was all over the news in April, and headlines continue to be devoted to it.