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The Judas Gospel

APRIL 2006
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Photo captions by Karen E. Lange


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In Tatters
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Lost for nearly 1,700 years, the Gospel of Judas came to light within an ancient, crumbling, leather-bound papyrus manuscript that was discovered in Middle Egypt during the 1970s and bought in 2000 by a Zürich antiquities dealer. Five years of conservation, transcription, and translation have revealed the gospel's radically different view of Judas Iscariot—usually understood to be a villain—and of Christ's teachings. Written by Christians called Gnostics decades after the canonical testimony of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, this gospel says that Jesus asked Judas to betray him; Jesus wanted to be killed so his soul could escape from the prison of his body. Other parts of the Judas gospel claim the world was not created by the true God, whose divine spark flickers within all human beings, but by a lesser deity—the vengeful God of the Old Testament. That is why, the gospel explains, creation is flawed and evil exists.


Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon D2X
Format: Digital
Lens: 60mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/9
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Midmorning
Lighting Techniques: Full-spectrum daylight light banks


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