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Baptism And The Gospel Of Judas: A Preliminary Inquiry

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The Gospel Of Judas invokes traditional Christian metaphors of rebirth into a new genos to warn that only those ritually reborn through baptism, and not those of mere human birth, will . . . be able to see the divine realm. Comparison with other Sethian (and Christian) texts shows that Jesus teaching in the Gospel Of Judas follows a traditional catechetical pattern that begins with warning, proceeds to instruction, and then exhortation, preparing the disciple for the baptism of which Jesus speaks toward the climax of the text. This chapter compares the Gospel Of Judas with a wide range of correlated texts, which will helps us move beyond the earlier extremeand oppositeassessments of the text, and also helps place it into the context of a cluster of well-known Sethian traditions.

Keywords: baptism; Christian metaphors; Gospel Of Judas; Jesus; rebirth; Sethian texts

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