The Gospel text is in Coptic, a language commonly used in ancient Egypt.We are fairly certain that it was written in the 3rd or 4th century AD.And he received some money and handed him over to them."The find will be seized on by critics as further evidence that the Church fathers suppressed variants of early Christianity such as Gnosticism because they offered a subversive version of Christ's message.The Gnostics, named after gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge, believed that Jesus had imparted "secret knowledge" to his disciples and that Judas was more capable of understanding it than the other disciples.an ancient manuscript that was found in Egypt, is being used to advance an agenda that calls into question the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Not surprisingly, the recent publication and translation of the ancient reveal something about the real Jesus of history? The manuscript was buried in the Egyptian sands for over 1,700 years, seemingly lost forever.The codex was discovered in Egypt in 1978, but its contents were not made public until 2006.
Codex Tchacos is named after Dimaratos Tchacos, father of Zrich-based antiquities dealer The codex contains not only the Gospel of Judas, but also a text titled James (otherwise known as the First Apocalypse of James), the Letter of Peter to Philip, and a fragment of a text that scholars are provisionally calling Book of Allogenes.
For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me."The Gospel of Judas omits any reference to the Garden of Gethsemane, the 30 pieces of silver, the crucifixion or the Resurrection.
Moreover, Judas not only suffers no anguish about betraying Jesus but even experiences a kind of transfiguration when he is led into a luminous cloud and hears a divine voice.
The National Geographic Society consulted with Mc Crone Associates as part of their international team to help authenticate the 1,700-year-old document and only known surviving copy of the Gospel of Judas.
Using microanalytical techniques, scientists at Mc Crone Associates determined the types and ages of the inks used to create this ancient document.