Tuesday, December 05, 2006

JUDAS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN A GOOD GUY in the Gospel of Judas after all:
Judas no hero, scholars say
Last Updated: Monday, December 4, 2006 | 9:43 AM ET
CBC News

Some scholars are refuting an interpretation of a 1,700-year-old document claiming to prove that Judas was a hero and not a villain.

Craig Evans, a professor of New Testament studies at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, was part of the team that unveiled the Gospel of Judas last spring.

"The big headline was in April that the text was discovered," Evans said.

"The second big headline is right now: oops, maybe we misinterpreted it and we need to rethink it."

This, of course, is old news to regular readers of PaleoJudaica, where I reported in early October that Professor Louis Painchaud was challenging the positive interpretation of Judas in the Gospel of Judas in a paper he presented at the Ottawa Workshop on Christian Apocrypha. Craig Evans was at the workshop too, and it looks as though he found Painchaud's challenge persuasive. The article reports, however, that Elaine Pagels remains unconvinced.

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