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The Gospel of Judas known for centuries to have existed but now brought to light and published by the National Geographic Society in the spring of 2006. This book is chiefly spiritualist drivel, as one might expect, but it offers a version of ‘events’ that is fractionally more credible than the official account ... Jesus takes him to one side and awards him the special mission of helping him shed his fleshly form and thus return heavenward. Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great p113
The motives for Judas’s betrayal have long baffled historians. Mysteries of the Bible s4e4: The Last Supper, A&E 1996
Did Jesus ask Judas to hand him over for trial so that scripture could be fulfilled? Mysteries of the Bible s5e3: Judas: The Ultimate Betrayal, A&E 1997
Another of the lost texts is the Gospel according to Judas, the betrayer of Christ. In this stunning document Judas is portrayed as a hero for handing Christ over to the authorities. This Gospel says Jesus told Judas to do it, and that Judas would be favoured for doing the deed. Jesus: The Secret Life
The motive cannot be, as Matthew says, he wants money. Well he was in charge of the money ... Thirty pieces of silver – big deal! Professor James Charlesworth
For the last two thousand years Judas has been Christianity’s bad disciple. Dr Robert Beckford, The Secrets of the Twelve Disciples, Channel 4 2008
The Bible tells us almost nothing about Judas as a person. ibid.
The man [Judas] singled out by the Church as the ultimate example of a bad disciple could in fact be quite the opposite. ibid.
For Judas read the Jews. Howard Jacobson, Christianity: A History: Jesus the Jew, Channel 4 2009
The Gospel of Judas makes an important contribution to our knowledge of second-century Gnosticism. And I’m glad it has been made available and not lost. Dr Craig Evans, Arcadia Divinity College, Canada
Whether advanced knowledge or heresy, the Gospel of Judas forces us to recognise that early on there wasn’t just one Christianity, there were many. Gospel of Judas, National Geographic 2006
But I can’t think for you
You’ll have to decide,
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side. Bob Dylan, With God On Our Side
Jesus said to him, Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the Kingdom. It is possible for you to reach it but you will grieve a great deal. Gospel of Judas 35
I know who you are and where you come from. Gospel of Judas 35, Judas to Jesus
Truly I say to you, Judas, you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me. Gospel of Judas 56
He [Judas] composed a more spiritual Gospel for the use of those who were being perfected ... Most carefully guarded, being read only to those who are being initiated into the great mysteries. Clement to Theodore
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. Matthew 26:14-16&25&47&48
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? See thou to that.
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Matthew 27:1-8
And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.
And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.
And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. Mark 2:10&11&18&43&44
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? Luke 22:3-6&47&48
Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve. John 6:70&71
And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.
Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.
Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? John 18:2-4
A lost book of secret knowledge … 25 tattered sheets of papyrus written in the ancient Coptic language: the Lost Gospel of Judas. The Jesus Code: Judas the Iscariot
‘Judas is a fallen angel, a demon.’ ibid. professor’s reinterpretation
The Gospel of Judas is a damning portrayal, not just of Judas but of all the disciples at the last supper. ibid.
The Gospel of Judas is less a story about Jesus than a condemnation of the leadership of the early church. ibid.
Another of the lost texts is the Gospel according to Judas, the betrayer of Christ. In this stunning document Judas is portrayed as a hero for handing Christ over to the authorities. This Gospel says Jesus told Judas to do it, and that Judas would be favoured for doing the deed. Rivals of Jesus