Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Mystery Of Betrayal. What Does The Gospel Of Judas Really Say?

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Judas' betrayal is a "righteous act, one that earns him the right to surpass" all the other disciples. In early Jewish and Christian apocalyptic traditions the concept of the daimon is amalgamated with the demonic host and evil spirits that war against God and possess human beings, tempting, tormenting and corrupting human souls. The identification of the daimon with Satan and the fallen host of angels from apocalyptic mythology are made even stronger in Sethian mythology where the heavens surrounding the earth are populated by evil archons who create and rule this world. The Gospel of Judas contains a remarkable "midrash" on the story commonly known as Peter's Confession, first spun by the Markan author. The identity of the ascender is unclear because of the fragmentary nature of the text. Jesus' laughter is the laughter of the Gnostic Christian.

Keywords: early Christian literature; Gospel of Judas; Judas betrayal



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Gospel of Judas in Context — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation