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The Gospel Of Judas 45,6–7 And Enoch's Heavenly Temple

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Like many early Christian writings, the Gospel of Judas employs symbolic language of birth and race in order to demarcate one moral and ritual community from another. Yet despite his strong differentiation between the immortal, holy race, and those who belong to mortal humanity, the author nevertheless proclaims that Jesus "appeared on earth . . . for the salvation of humanity". The Gospel of Judas, not unlike the Gospel of John, would have allowed for rebirth into the kingless race, whereby one obtained immortality and admission into that holy aeon. Like Enoch's immortal elect who shall stand in God's presence under a roof of fire and lightning, the members of the Gospel of Judas's holy race shall stand in that aeon "for all time" - or beyond time to be exact, "where neither the sun, nor moon, nor day will rule"..

Keywords: Christian writings; Enoch; Gospel of John; Gospel of Judas; Heavenly temple; holy aeon; mortal humanity

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