Sunday, May 07, 2006

THE APOCRYPHON OF JOHN, another important Gnostic document attributed pseudepigraphically to an apostle, is getting some press thanks to a new book by Karen King. David Meadows notes an Ottawa Citizen article on it over at Rogue Classicism. Like the Gospel of Judas, a Greek version of the Apocryphon of John was condemned in the second century by the church father Irenaeus, but the work now survives only in translation into Coptic. But the Gospel of Judas is preserved only in the one manuscript, whereas there are four manuscripts containing three versions and two different translations of the Apocryphon of John.

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