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Is Judas Really The Hero Of The Gospel Of Judas?

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The figure of Judas in the Gospel of Judas can be understood in very different ways. According to one interpretation, Judas Iscariot is the hero of the gospel. He alone of all the disciples understands who Jesus really is and where he has come from. Finally, he is entrusted with the painful but necessary task of handing Jesus over to the authorities, in order that the Saviour may be liberated from the prison of his earthly body. This is the interpretation of the Gospel of Judas that was promulgated together with the publication of the text on April 6, 2006. Jesus teaches Judas about the structure of reality - how there is a great and boundless realm in which the great invisible spirit dwells, and how the lower stations came into being, ending with the material cosmos, its vicious rulers Nebro and Saklas, and the stars that lead humans astray.

Keywords: Gospel of Judas; Jesus; material cosmos



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