Jesus Made Me Do It
Just in time for Easter (and a war with Iran), a newly translated ancient document "portrays Judas as a favoured disciple who was given special knowledge by Jesus - and who turned him in at Jesus' request."
"You will be cursed by the other generations - and you will come to rule over them," Jesus tells Judas in the document made public on Thursday.So, now we know where Bush gets his strategy from.
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Craig Evans, a professor at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, Canada, said New Testament explanations for Judas' betrayal range from money to the influence of Satan.
"Perhaps more now can be said," he commented. The document "implies that Judas only did what Jesus wanted him to do."
In a key passage Jesus tells Judas, "You will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me."Now, this discovery (and its translation) can either be authentic and true or it could be evidence that the author of the text needed a little clinical advice.
This indicates that Judas would help liberate the spiritual self by helping Jesus get rid of his physical flesh, the scholars said.
"Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom," Jesus says to Judas, singling him out for special status.
"Look, you have been told everything. Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it and the stars surrounding it. The star that leads the way is your star."
The text ends with Judas turning Jesus over to the high priests and does not include any mention of the crucifixion or resurrection.
National Geographic said the author believed that Judas Iscariot alone understood the true significance of Jesus' teachings.
The author of the text is not named in the writings.
Nevertheless, even more intriguing is the history behind the discovery.
[T]he Gospel of Judas and other texts [were] discovered in Al Minya, Egypt in the early 1970s. Having survived in the desert for more than 1.600 years, the papyrus deteriorated greatly when it was transferred to a safe deposit box in Long Island, N.Y.Long Island, N.Y.??? According to the AP report:
[T]he papyrus was kept in a safety deposit box for several years and began to deteriorate before conservators restored it. More than 1,000 pieces had to be reassembled.Draw your own conclusions. Seems a little odd to me.