Monday, April 10, 2006


Pavel Kryml

C.S.P. got me interested in this new debate over The Book of Judas. Looks like the Gnostics believed Judas was not a traitor after all. Turns out, he “betrayed” Jesus because Jesus asked him to do it. According to this "newly found" document, Judas was J.C.’s closest buddy. How’s that for spin?

I think part of the reason why this fascinates me is simply the Rashomon effect: the notion of multiple versions of one story, the inference of an unstable universal truth. Whether or not this will be considered relevant or not, whether this changes the way an entire religious community thinks about and understands their identity or not, it’s still a great little postmodern twist to that ubiquitous little book called the bible.

If you're interested, you can read more about it at:

National Geographic

U.K. Times


Biblical Studies

And here's what Jesuit Father Gerald O'Collins, longtime professor of Christology at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University has to say about it.

Publicly released excerpts of the translated text can be found here.