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13499The Gospel of Judas, two viewpoints, this Week on Aeon Byte!

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  • miguelconner
    Jan 10, 2009
      A pair of programs side by side dedicated to one of the most
      controversial yet fascinating Gnostic Scriptures to have erupted from
      the sands of Egypt. Two of the greatest Gnostic Scholars of our days
      discuss its discovery, theology, narrative and mystical gifts of The
      Gospel of Judas. Yet one scholar takes the stance of Judas being a
      hero in the Passion Play of Christ; the other scholar posits that
      Judas was actually a demonic villain working for the Archons the
      entire time. Which Judas will you side with?

      Astral Guests-- Marvin Meyer, author of 'The Gnostic Discoveries:
      The Impact of the Nag Hammadi Library', 'The Unknown Gnostic Gospels'
      as well as editor of 'The Gnostic Bible' and the new translation of
      'The Nag Hammadi Library'.
      And April De Conick, author of `The Thirteenth Apostle',
      'Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas' and 'Voices of the Mystics'.

      Topics Discussed:

      Judas as the Gnostic Hero with Marvin Meyer

      --The process in which the Gospel of Judas was discovered and translated.
      --Not only its Sethian flavor, but how there are hints of
      proto-Kabbalah and heavy Jewish Mysticism within its pages.
      --An intimate look between the close relationship of the enlightened
      Judas and the Logos.
      --Is the Gospel of Judas a monolithic work or a patchwork of different
      Gnostic sects?
      --How one of its keynotes is a direct shot at the rising Christian
      Orthodox Church.
      --Rethinking Judas Iscariot, inside and outside of his Gospel.
      --Barbelo┬ůanother possible meaning for supreme, supernal female Godhead.
      --How it has affected Gnostic scholarship including the question of
      `Gnosticism' even being a word that should be used at all.

      Judas as the Gnostic Villain with April De Conick

      --The various reasons the National Geographic team presented a faulty
      rendition of the Gospel of Judas.
      --How other scholars have received April's new version.
      --Looking at the various translation errors that dramatically change
      the message of this Gnostic Gospel.
      --A quick recap of the Gospel of Judas that pits the Gnostic Jesus
      against his own Apostles.
      --Understanding Sethian Gnosticism, the ideology behind the Gospel of
      Judas, and their battles against Orthodox Christianity.
      --How the Gnostic Judas is actually a being far more terrifying than
      the Demiurge or any of his Archons.
      --An overview of the other overlooked texts that came with the Gospel
      of Judas.

      And, believe it or not, much more!!!