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Judas' Anger And The Perfect Human

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Anger and "the perfect human" are prominent issues in the Gospel of Judas, although they have attracted little attention in the quite numerous studies published on this text thus far. The two topics are intertwined, as can already be seen at the beginning of the Gospel of Judas. Here it is told how the disciples become angry at Jesus because he scoffs at their Jewish customs, and how he, in response, challenges them to bring forth "the perfect human". This chapter seeks to strike a balance between the positive and negative features of portrayal of Judas in Gospel of Judas. One of the ambiguities in the gospel's picture of Judas is the tension between perfect human residing in him and his assent to anger. The chapter suggests that taking these theories into account helps to move beyond the polarized hero-or-villain debate about the figure of Judas in Gospel of Judas.

Keywords: disciples; Gospel of Judas; Jesus; Judas' anger; perfect human

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