Everyone remembers the Gospel of Judas, yes? Of course not. It was another Gnostic gospel that enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame only to be replaced in the wet dreams of historical revisionists with the Gospel of Gwyneth, Queen of the Fey Balladeers.
Well, scholars have poured over Judas’s account of the betrayal, which turned out to be more of a collaboration:
The text describes Judas Iscariot, one of the biblical 12 apostles who betrayed Jesus to Sanhedrin priests, as being an ally of Jesus, turning the son of God over to the authorities at his request so that his spirit may be released from his physical body.
The researchers reportedly used radiocarbon dating and script analysis, among other techniques, to determine that the text was free of forgeries.
As Joseph Barabe told LiveScience in a recent article, his team of researchers compared the Gospel of Judas with marriage certificates and land documents dating from the third century A.D., found at the famous Louvre museum in Paris, France, to determine the validity of the Gospel of Judas.
Excellent. So Judas managed to dash this off before he offed himself?
“[W]hen we hear the word ‘authentic’ regarding an early sub-Christian writing it is natural to conclude that authentic [equals] true as regards the historicity of the Christian faith,” Wallace, who is also the founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, told CP.
“This is not the case in this instance. All that is being claimed is that the manuscript really was produced in the late third century,” Wallace added.