Ancient text paints Judas as hero, says National Geographic

In that passage, “Jesus says it is necessary for someone to free him finally from his human body, and he prefers that this liberation be done by a friend rather than by an enemy,” said Rodolphe Kasser, a clergyman, a former professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and head of the translation team.

“So he asks Judas, who is his friend, to sell him out, to betray him. It’s treason to the general public, but between Jesus and Judas, it’s not treachery.”
The text is expected to be controversial because it contradicts nearly 2,000 years of Christian thought.

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3 Replies to “Ancient text paints Judas as hero, says National Geographic”

  1. Yes, this news will create controversy, but not likely as much as it did hundreds of years ago. Ireneus did a good job dispeling this heresy in AD 180. It was contradictory then, too. Simply because people are discussing it now lends no more creedence to it than it had previously.

  2. Not only did the early church leaders refute such writings, but the texts do not hold up to any historical tests. It was written long after any eyewitnesses could confirm or deny its claims.

    If you were to actually read the gnostic texts, you would find them to be a series of ramblings and not a historical depiction of Jesus.

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