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The Gospel Of Judas And Early Christian Eucharist

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Since the text of the Gospel of Judas has been made accessible by an edition of the Coptic text and translations into numerous languages, it has met with the same fate as several other spectacular discoveries related to the origins and early history of Christianity. The context of the meal described in the Didascalia as well as the chronology as such are completely different from those encountered in the Gospel of Judas. The disciples are assembled and are engaged in some sort of religious activity which may have been either a ritual practice or prayers or perhaps a discussion about religious issues. Actually, the evidence concerning the early Christian Eucharist provided by sources dating to the second century, notably the Didache and the First Apology of Justin, strongly suggests a different solution.

Keywords: Coptic text; Didascalia; early Christian Eucharist; Gospel of Judas



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