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"What Is The Advantage?" (Gos. Jud. 46.16): Text, Context, Intertext

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ογ Πε Πεϩογο? It is clearly an important question for Judas in the gospel that bears his name, as shown by the fact that the Iscariot twice poses it to Jesus - first with regard to his own fate, and then with regard to human life. In the significance that it attaches to this question, the Gospel of Judas is following in venerable footsteps: the very same question resounds through the book of Ecclesiastes, appearing in the introduction and then repeatedly afterwards. In order to understand this question, and its function in the Gospel of Judas, one needs to ascertain the precise meaning of the Coptic (Πε)ϩογο, in order to analyse its use in this chapter. Having done so, the chapter examines the intertextual echoes that the use of this phrase arouses, and their significance for a nuanced understanding of the figure of Judas in the Gospel of Judas.

Keywords: ογ Πε Πεϩογο; book of Ecclesiastes; Gospel of Judas; intertextual echo; Judas Iscariot

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