I don’t buy it
Ã¢??The Gospel of Judas, a papyrus document from the 3rd or 4th Century AD, tells the story of Jesus’ death from the fallen disciple’s point of view. Alleged to be a copy of an even older text, it casts Judas as a benevolent figure, helping Jesus to save mankind.
The early Christian Church denounced such teachings as heretical. The 31-page fragile document, written in the Coptic language, was discovered in Egypt in the 1970s. National Geographic Magazine in the US is to publish the first English translation of the text on Thursday.
For 2,000 years Christianity has portrayed Judas as the treacherous apostle who betrayed his divine master with a kiss, leading to his capture and crucifixion. According to the Bible, Judas received 30 pieces of silver for the act, but died soon afterwards.
But the Gospel of Judas puts Judas in a positive light, identifying him as Christ’s favourite disciple and depicting his betrayal as the fulfilment of a divine mission to enable the crucifixion – and thus the foundation of Christianity – to take place. [continued]Ã¢?Â