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The Presuppositions And The Purpose Of The Gospel Of Judas

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Crucial for any adequate assessment of the purpose and meaning of the Gospel of Judas is an analysis of what knowledge the author presupposed on the part of his or her readers. One thing that he clearly did was presuppose the crucifixion and the preceding story of the betrayal from the canonical gospels. According to the author, there is still work to be done regarding the literary structure of the Gospel of Judas. The question of our text's literary "integrity" is another crucial element for achieving an adequate assessment of the purpose and meaning of the Gospel of Judas. The author suggests that this gospel was intended primarily for "psychics" for people who, like Judas, stand apart from the group of ordinary Christians (represented in the Gospel of Judas by the disciples, not including Judas) but do not belong among the most spiritual.

Keywords: betrayal; Christian tradition; crucifixion; Gospel of Judas

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