Earlier this year I wrote about the so-called “Gospel according to Judas” that was being rolled out by the National Geographic Society (click here to read post). I pointed out then that this heretical document was being introduced to the public when it was for publicity reasons. The lead-up to Easter is attended annually by hucksters who like to exploit the holy season to peddle their religious (or in this case, irreligious) wares. What was surprising at the time was that the respected National Geographic Society and some noted scholars had gotten caught up in the hype.
The general public has long since turned its attention from the Gospel of Judas. The obscure little document simply isn’t on people’s radar screens anymore. But such is not this case with the scholarly investigation of the document. At the time of its release, only a handful of select scholars had access to the document, and the wider scholarly community had not yet scrutinized it. Now it has been read by other scholars, and there is strong reason to believe that the original interpretation of the document was wrong. In other words, the provocative thesis that was put before the public last winter was totally misleading.
I want to bring your attention to two popular articles that will explain everything that you need to know:
It’s worth saying again that the Gospel of Judas doesn’t tell us anything reliable about Jesus. It does, however, tell us about a 2nd century Christian heresy and about 21st century people who are all too willing to recycle it.