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Interpreting Judas: Ten Passages In The Gospel Of Judas

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This chapter reflects upon ten passages that we have considered to be key passages for the interpretation of the Gospel of Judas, and these passages all contribute to our view of Judas Iscariot and his master Jesus as presented in the Gospel of Judas. A number of these passages are difficult to interpret, in part on account of the obscurity of expression in the Gospel of Judas, in part on account of the lacunae that remain in the text. The chapter may help to illumine our efforts to interpret the message of the Gospel of Judas. In many Sethian texts, including the text commonly judged to be a Sethian classic, the Secret Book of John, the figure of Sophia, divine Wisdom, is prominent in the mythic story of the fall of the divine light into this world of darkness.

Keywords: Gospel of Judas; Jesus; Judas Iscariot; Sethian texts



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