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The Sources Of The Gospel Of Judas

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Not only the title the Gospel of Judas, but also the opening and closing paragraphs of the text itself sounds as if one had to do with a gospel similar to the canonical gospels. The largest unit in the body of the text is a Gnostic astrology/ cosmogony. There are Sethian parallels to the Gospel of Judas. Yet the "gospel" of the Gospel of Judas is not found in Sethian texts, but has its nearest parallel in Basilides! Actually, there are two Nag Hammadi tractates that present the laughing Jesus. They too play on the canonical passion narrative to explain Jesus deceiving the worldly powers by escaping from the human body they are crucifying, so as to be liberated in order to return to the highest heaven from which he had descended. They are the Second Discourse of Great Seth and the Revelation of Peter.

Keywords: Gospel of Judas; laughing Jesus; Nag Hammadi; Sethian parallels



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