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The Judas Of The Gospels And The Gospel Of Judas

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The exact interpretation of the quality of Jesus' laughter in the Gospel of Judas remains open to discussion. The author have lingered on the question of Jesus' laughter in order to make the point that the author of the Gospel of Judas does not hesitate in certain regards to transform radically the conceptions of the canonical Christian writings. The recent publication of the Codex Tchacos has stimulated a lively reexamination of the similarities and differences between the Judas of the New Testament and the Judas of the new Gnostic gospel. If Matthew humanizes Judas, Luke satanizes him. In Luke's account, Judas loses all humanity and autonomy and becomes instead the mere instrument of Satan's evil project.

Keywords: Gospel of Judas; Jesus laughter; Luke; Matthew



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