The Gospel of Judas
Rewriting Biblical History?
April 10, 2006, Redlands, CA— Lost since antiquity, the Gospel of Judas was discovered in 1970 in Egypt. Now this lost Gospel is published in a new book by the National Geographic Society, and the story is highlighted in an accompanying two hour television special on the National Geographic Channel. Is this the Lost Gospel of the Bible? Does this challenge our deepest beliefs? Does it turn the story of Christ’s betrayal on its head? Was Judas really a hero? Will it create a crisis of faith?
Christian apologist Elgin Hushbeck, Jr. author of the Consider Christianity Series and founder of Consider Christianity Week points out that despite all the hype, there is really nothing here to concern the average Christian. While the Gospel of Judas is a significant find to historians it is of little value or interest to Christians.
Hushbeck says, “What this Gospel shows is the tremendous double standard that exists. No scholar would say that Judas actually wrote this Gospel, while there are scholars who do claim that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote their Gospels. In what way could a Gospel of fiction ever challenge the Gospel of Truth? Likewise, Gnosticism, which nobody today would say is true, is somehow automatically a more valid form of Christianity than what Christians have historically believed. Gnosticism is really a different religion, and one that tended to borrow freely from other religions.”
Main site for information about the Gospel of Judas. This site has information about the gospel, its discovery, authentication, and conservation.
Both the English and Coptic text of the Gospel of Judas Gospel of Judas in pdf format.
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Elgin L. Hushbeck Jr. founded Consider Christianity Week in 1993 with the main goal of equipping Christians with the knowledge and ability to "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks" (1 Pet 3:15 - NIV). Another goal is to promote interest among non-Christians in Christianity as a viable religion in the twenty-first century. Individuals and churches can become involved through the Web site, www.consider.org.
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