So wait. Does that mean the salvation of the world is made possible because of Judas's devious actions? Judas is right up there among the most talked about folks in the gospels.
Authors and artists just love to write and talk about his role in Jesus's life and death. And no wonder—he's kind of at the center of all the drama. Some of these chatters go the "ultimate betrayer" route. Like, say, Dante, who shows Judas in the ninth circle of hell being chewed on for all eternity by Satan himself. Thanks for the image, Dante. Other people take a more sympathetic view. The musical Jesus Christ Superstar portrays Judas as a tragic figure who only turns Jesus in because he thought the whole "son of God" thing had gone a bit too far.
Oh, and Lady Gaga even has a song called "Judas" about the way people are constantly pulled toward the bad guys. All rights reserved.
Gospel of John. Et tu, Judas? Bad to the Bone As if betraying the son of God weren't bad enough, John's gospel ups the ante on Judas's evil ways. Maybe Jesus should be thanking him instead of condemning him.
What do you think? The historical tendency to identify Judas with anti-Semitic stereotypes led, after the horrors of the Holocaust, to a reconsideration of this key Biblical figure, and something of a rehabilitation of his image. Professor William Klassen, a Canadian biblical scholar, argued in a biography of Judas that many of the details of his treachery were invented or exaggerated by early Christian church leaders, especially as the church began to move away from Judaism.
Why Jesus Was Betrayed by Judas Iscariot - HISTORY
First alluded to in writing by the second-century cleric Irenaeus, the Gospel of Judas is one of many ancient texts discovered in recent decades that have been linked to the Gnostics, a mostly Christian group who were denounced as heretics by early church leaders for their unorthodox spiritual beliefs. In this version of events, Jesus asked Judas to betray him to the authorities, so that he could be freed from his physical body and fulfill his destiny of saving humanity.
An ancient Coptic manuscript dating from the third or fourth century, containing the only known surviving copy of the Gospel of Judas. Without Judas, you don't have the central component of Christianity—you don't have the Resurrection. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Twice a week we compile our most fascinating features and deliver them straight to you. This Day In History.
This book also includes reflections on the extensive literature, beyond the Gospel of Judas, on the figure of Judas Iscariot, with suggestions for a literary interpretation of Judas--an interpretation that may have a dramatic impact upon our understanding of the role of Judas Iscariot in the story of Jesus's passion. Notes Includes bibliographical references p.
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