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

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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

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