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  • Kim Noyes
    Gospel Truth The New York Times, December 1, 2007 AMID much publicity last year, the National Geographic Society announced that a lost 3rd-century religious
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 10, 2007
      Gospel Truth
      The New York Times, December 1, 2007

      AMID much publicity last year, the National Geographic Society announced
      that a lost 3rd-century religious text had been found, the Gospel of
      Judas Iscariot. The shocker: Judas didn't betray Jesus. Instead, Jesus
      asked Judas, his most trusted and beloved disciple, to hand him over to
      be killed. Judas's reward? Ascent to heaven and exaltation above the
      other disciples. It was a great story.

      Unfortunately, after re-translating the society's transcription of the
      Coptic text, I have found that the actual meaning is vastly different.
      While National Geographic's translation supported the provocative
      interpretation of Judas as a hero, a more careful reading makes clear
      that Judas is not only no hero, he is a demon. Several of the
      translation choices made by the society's scholars fall well outside the
      commonly accepted practices in the field. For example, in one instance
      the National Geographic transcription refers to Judas as a "daimon,"
      which the society's experts have translated as "spirit." Actually, the
      universally accepted word for "spirit" is "pneuma " — in Gnostic
      literature "daimon" is always taken to mean "demon."

      http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/01/opinion/01deconink.html



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