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Fate Indelible: The Gospel Of Judas And Horoscopic Astrology

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One of the most obvious astrological references in the Gospel of Judas is found on penultimate page of the manuscript. For scholars who see Judas in this second-century Sethian text as a positive figure, either wholly or in part, 57,15-26 is a key passage. In their view, it is the moment of his transfiguration, enlightenment, liberation, or redemption. Though the Savior is not said to use a board like the ones found at Grand nor does he enter into the methodological details of prognostication, he speaks as an astrologer in Gospel Of Judas, teaching astrological doctrines and employing technical astrological terms as he predicts the fate of disciples from the stars. Since even a basic understanding of astrological context of Gospel Of Judas is alone sufficient to establish that the only place Judas' star can lead is around the ecliptic. It does not lead him or anyone else to salvation.

Keywords: astrological doctrine; disciples; Gospel of Judas; salvation; Sethian text



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