Monday, January 16, 2006
SOURCE: Mundo Misterioso
THE FORBIDDEN GOSPEL OF JUDAS
Publication of the Forbidden Gospel of Judas will unleash controversy among the Christian religious community.
According to the Daily Telegraph, a Swiss foundation and National Geographic magazine are planning to publish translations of the The Gospel of Judas, an ancient Coptic text found in Egypt during the 1970s.
Althought the gospel's text is still not available, experts highlight that when Judas betrayed Jesus, he was acting under direct orders from God.
The gospel was translated by Rodolphe Kasser, the foremost expert in the analysis of Coptic texts at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
The original document -- a papyrus -- dates from the 4th century and was made available for sale to collectors in the United States and Europe for many decades after its discovery in Egypt's Al-Minya region. It was recently identified as par tof the prestigious collection of the Maecenas Foundation in Basle, Switzerland, although some scholars question that it could have been written by Judas himself, and was more likely the creation of a group of his followers.
(Translation (c) 2006, Scott Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Jose M. Garc�a Bautista)