Friday, April 07, 2006
Snake Oil in Time for Easter: The "Gospel of Judas"
Well, I was out of town for a few days, and didn't even get near a computor. Good to see that Dennis over at His Barking Dog is keeping on top of ABC info.
In the swamp fever da Vinci Code brain bending conspriacy theory world, it's good to see that National Geographic is not to be outdown by Dan Brown and the National Enquirer, nosirreebob! Now, just in time for Easter egg coloring and cross and empty tomb celebrating, we're feted on the non-news of the "discovery" of the so-called Gospel of Judas.
These frauds are EASY to stop and dismiss because of some basic common sense rules.
1. Is the document consistent with the theological testimony of NT Scripture?
2. Is it founded in the same historical world as the NT?
3. Can it be dated in the same time period as the NT? (Which I personally would date between 40 and 95 AD, though there is some wiggle room here)?
If the answer to all three is NO, you have interesting snake oil on your hands, not a gospel. The so-called Gospel of Judas is oily snake oil.
For its origins, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_Judas.
For the text itself, see http://www9.nationalgeographic.com/lostgospel/_pdf/GospelofJudas.pdf. Any one with a basic acquaintence with Gnosticism can smell this chunk of Limburger a mile off.
Me, I'll happily, with intellect intact, stick with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.