"Gospel" of Judas
Judas Iscariot, long reviled as history's quintessential betrayer, was actually the best friend of Jesus and turned him over to authorities only because Jesus asked him to, according to the Gospel of Judas, a long-lost document presented Thursday by the National Geographic Society.
In a key passage, Jesus compares Judas to the other disciples, saying: ``You will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me.''
By helping Jesus get rid of his flesh, Judas will help liberate the divine being within.

The people on the morning news were attempting to suggest that historically this document "fits" with the New Testament accounts. However, it was written and preserved by the Gnostics, an early heretical sect that emphasized a total separation between body and spirit.

Anyway, interesting how this stuff turns up at Easter.
Link: Rediscovered gospel offers new look at Judas
ROUS  Annette Collins, Friday, 4-7-06 10:20 AM
re: "Gospel"
Yeah, I saw this in article form somewhere on the web. I am constantly amazed (though perhaps I shouldn't be) at how the views of peripheral and controversial "scholars" are given such attention and credibility by the mainstream media. To the untrained and unsuspecting eye or ear, it would appear that this kind of thing might be somehow damaging to the historicity of the canonical account of Christ.

It would kind of be like someone discovering the Book of Morman 2000 years from now and concluding that Jesus and Satan were actually brothers . . .
Dan, Friday, 4-7-06 4:42 PM
The Onion's take on "Judas"
Link: Gospel of Judas
ROUS  Annette Collins, Friday, 4-14-06 5:41 PM
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