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The Gospel of Judas

The Gospel of Judas

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This book provides a critical edition of a major non-canonical Gospel: the Gospel of Judas. It is based upon the manuscript published in 2007 by the National Geographic Society as well as the fragments of the same codex Tchacos that have since become available for study. The introduction by Bas van Os explores various aspects of this writing: its inclusion in the Codex Tchacos, the literary genre and the structure of the text, the "Gospel" narrative that frames the text, the polemical story, the relation between mythological representations from this text and those from "Sethian" traditions and Genesis material, the intended audience of the text, and its provenance. Johanna Brankaer provides a comprehensive commentary covering the whole of the text. It contains philological as well as substantive elements and unveils the intra-textual coherence as well as the affinities with other, Gnostic, apocryphal, patristic, and biblical traditions. Special attention is paid to the characterization of the disciples and Judas, to the much debated sacrificial theory behind the text and its rejection of the Eucharist (and Baptism) of the apostolic church, to expressions of (astral and eschatological) determinism, and to the Gnostic protology and cosmology.


Author: Johanna Brankaer, Bas Van Os
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 04/01/2019
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780199672622

About the Author

Johanna Brankaer is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Munster. She has degrees in Classics, Philosophy, Byzantine studies, Oriental studies, and Theology.

Bas van Os is Research Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

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