Friday, April 07, 2006

The Ultimate Traitor

Judas seen as Jesus' collaborator, not his betrayer / Early Christian manuscript portrays him as favored disciple who was told he'd be 'cursed by the other generations':

"An early Christian manuscript, including the only known text of the Gospel of Judas, has surfaced after 1,700 years, and it portrays Judas Iscariot not as a betrayer of Jesus but as his favored disciple and willing collaborator.

In this text, scholars reported Thursday, the account of events leading to the Crucifixion differs sharply from the four Gospels in the New Testament.

Here Jesus was said to entrust Judas with special knowledge and ask him to betray him to the Roman authorities. By doing so, he tells Judas, 'you will exceed' the other disciples.

'You will be cursed by the other generations, and you will come to rule over them,' Jesus confides to Judas in the document, which was made public at a news conference at the National Geographic Society in Washington.

Though some theologians have hypothesized the 'good Judas' before, scholars who have translated and studied the text said this was the first time an ancient document lent support to a revised image of the man whose name in history has been synonymous with treachery.

Scholars say the release of the document will set off years of study and debate."


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