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The “Gospel of Judas” was originally in the New Testament and was conveniently “exorcised,” if you know what I mean. That was convenient.

The gospel of Judas, as it exists now, stems from a single Coptic manuscript written between the third and fourth centuries.  Unlike the canonical gospels, it does not cast Judas’ act of delivering Christ over to the authorities as one of betrayal.  Rather, according to the account, Judas is acting in obedience and is used as an instrument in freeing Jesus from the body which holds him.  It evinces Gnostic theology, and is therefore likely to have originated no earlier than the mid-second century.  Despite its name, the text does not claim to have been written by Judas.  Whomever its author, the evidence available to us suggests that the Christians of the time were aware of the text and rejected it.  Because the much earlier canonical strongly emphasize the human nature of Christ, the gospel of Judas cannot be looked upon as a source of much historical value.

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