The Gospel of Judas

Easter must be drawing near. The media is getting hysterical over another “latest discovery” guaranteed to scuttle the Church’s battered barque once and for all. This time it is the release of info relating to the discovery of documentary fragments purporting to belong to “The Gospel of Judas”, where it is claimed that Judas, rather than betraying Jesus, colluded with him in his demise.


Knowledge of the Gospel of Judas, along with many other extant writings from diverse groups within early Christianity, has been around a long time. Irenaeus, a well-known and influential Church leader of the 2nd century, refers to it and dismisses it rather curtly. Not that the assertion in the Gospel of Judas makes much difference to the essential themes of the Christian gospel. But such details are important to some.

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But what of Judas as presented to us in the canonical gospels? I find him an enigmatic figure. It is very easy to project all the worst that is in us onto him and he becomes our scapegoat. I don’t think this is what the gospel is about. Some helpful reframing questions might be, “Is the gospel of Jesus for Judas along with eveyone else?” “If so, what are the implications for me when I accuse myself of being beyond the pale?”

Published by wonderingpilgrim

Okay Boomer - that I am. But not one of them know-it-all ones! Still learning that the more I know, the more I have yet to learn. What I do know, however, I know well.

2 thoughts on “The Gospel of Judas

  1. It seems that Judas is presented as the person caught in another’s battle. Interesting, he was in charge of the moneybag. Satan is identified as the one who put the idea into his heart to betray Jesus. And then, Satan enters Judas. Pretty soon, Judas is hanging and dead.

    It seems that satan has a way of promising much and leaving people hanging.


  2. The meaning of the word “satan” is “accuser”. Substitute this word for “Satan” and the sentences are rather telling.


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