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Judas As An Abraham Figure In The Gospel Of Judas

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One of the key themes in the Hebrew scriptures concerns the Hebrews as the people of God, with Abraham as their father. This chapter proposes that this theme can also be found in the Gospel of Judas, and in relation to the character of Judas, although in the gospel it is a negative theme. Louis Painchaud has recently argued for a link between Judas and the patriarch Judah, taking his point of departure from Gospel of Judas 46,14-47,4 where Jesus asserts that Judas will reign. In the Apocalypse of Abraham, the character of Azazel/Satan is a negative mirror image of Abraham, who also has an association with stars, a new race, and (perhaps) the sacrifice or betrayal of Jesus.

Keywords: Abraham's sacrifice; Azazel; Gospel of Judas; Louis Painchaud



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