Did Jesus Ask Judas to Betray Him?
- Did Jesus Ask Judas to Betray Him?
Was there ever a Gospel According to Judas? An ancient book found in an
Egyptian cave could be just that--and have an explosive message for
About three decades ago, a 2,000-year-old mystery surfaced when a farmer
looking for treasure in an Egyptian cave instead found a decaying
leather-bound book, called a Codex, written in ancient Coptic. Not realizing what he
had, he sold it to an antiquities dealer.
Five years after the Codex was found, a scholar named Stephen Emmel was
asked to look at it, but under the condition he not photograph it or make any
notes. He told ABC's "Primetime" that he leafed through it and spotted a
dialogue between Jesus and Judas and his disciples. "The name Judas came up
again and again," he recalled. Then for 16 years it sat crumbling in, of all
places, a safe-deposit box in a Long Island, N.Y., Citibank. In 2000 it was
sold to former antiquities dealer Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos, who told
"Primetime," "I think the circumstances of this manuscript coming to me were
predestined. Judas was asking me to do something for him."
National Geographic and ABC News report scholars now think this is the
long lost Gospel of Judas that was banned by the early church as blasphemous
and ordered destroyed. Deciphering it was a monumental task since the 13
pieces of papyrus were in more than 1,000 pieces. Swiss restorer Florence Darbre
and her partner painstakingly fit the tiny pieces together like an ancient
jigsaw puzzle. Then Emmel and another scholar, Rodolphe Kasser, were called
in to authenticate the text. "I've looked at hundreds of papyri, Coptic
papyri, in my career, and this is absolutely typical of ancient Coptic
manuscripts," Emmel told "Primetime." "I'm completely convinced." The final task was
to use radio carbon-dating to authenticate it, which meant destroying tiny
pieces of the precious document. The result? The text was written between the
third and fourth century and is believed to be a copy of a much older
document written in Greek in the second century.
What it has to say could shake Christianity to its core: The Bible says
that Judas is the one who betrayed Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver,
handing him over for crucifixion, an act that damned him for all time. But this
Gospel of Judas tells it differently: Jesus asked Judas to betray him.
"Now, the Gospel of Judas also has Judas say to Jesus in fear and terror
that he has a dream that the other disciples will hate him and will stone him
to death, will attack him, Elaine Pagels, a professor at Princeton
University and one of the world's foremost experts on ancient religious texts, told
"Primetime." "And Jesus says, 'Yes, in fact, they will think that you are a
terrible person because of what you did. This is part of the burden that you
bear. But they will be wrong about that.' So it is an extraordinary
transformation of the ordinary understanding of Judas Iscariot."
What does it mean? Pagels says that it shows Judas's betrayal of Jesus was
not a reprehensible act or the act of a traitor. "It's a secret mystery
between him and Jesus."
Herbert Krosney, author of "The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of
Judas Iscariot," goes even further. He calls Judas "the favored disciple of
Jesus," adding, "He is the one whose star shines in the heavens and in the
skies, and Judas, therefore, becomes unique. He is Jesus's best friend rather
than his betrayer."
Pagels admits there is no historical proof for the Gospel of Judas, just
as there is no historical proof for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and
John. However, she is quick to say, "The Christian message is a message about
faith and hope and, you know, the relationship between God and human beings.
It's not a matter of historical fact."
--From the Editors at Netscape
From Art: This is exactly what happened. I explain this in my book and show
how this was the first step in Jesus' plan to overthrow the rulers of the
Roman Empire and replace them with leaders who would let the Empire fall
apart. Jesus did not die on the cross. Two movies were even made about this
titled, "The Inquiry," starring Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine, and "The
Final Inquiry," staring Monica Cruz. See:
What really happened is mind-blowing. Our alien Repto Sapien cousins were
behind this, because the Roman's "Pax Romana" (Roman Peace) was bad for the
Rep's meat gathering program. I show evidence in my book in later major
wars that "cannon fodder = Reptoid fodder." You can get the Ebook version of my
book immediately from the publisher's website.
My Website: http://antigray.tripod.com/
Check out all the pages on the site. I wrote the site like a tabloid
newspaper to impress on readers an outline of what has been going on throughout
The publisher's website to order my book is at:
WARNING reveals a frightening alien agenda, a long-term program of social
domination and periodic controlled genocide. Mankind is now in great danger.
We have a terrible problem to overcome. Resolution requires international
solidarity, then forcible negotiation with the aliens.
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