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Polemical Aspects Of The Gospel Of Judas

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This chapter begins with a summary of the various aspects of the polemic found in the Gospel of Judas. It takes a closer look at the role played by the figure of Judas in the expression of this polemic. The polemical aspects of the Gospel of Judas mainly have to do with the identity of the god of the scriptures, christology, the interpretation of the eucharist, and especially sacrifice. The separation of Jesus' god from the god of the disciples is brought into play with regard to the ritual of eucharist, which provokes the Saviour's laughter. The concentration of sacrificial vocabulary in the relation of the apostles' dream (37,21-38,3) and its interpretation by Jesus indicate that the Gospel of Judas is specifically directed against the notion of sacrifice, and particularly the sacrificial interpretation of Christianity.

Keywords: christology; cultic sacrifice; eucharist; Gospel of Judas; polemical aspects



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