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2:52pm December 7, 2012

We learn that the ritual stake used for vampire executions is said to have been made of the branch from which Judas hung himself and that the 30 pieces of silver he received for his betrayal melted down into its tip. But why would the thing that killed Judas be seen as the holy of holies? The answer might be found in the Gospel of Judas.   

The Gospel of Judas - part I/II

The Gospel of Judas is a Gnostic gospel whose content consists of conversations between the Apostle Judas Iscariot and Jesus. It is believed to have been written by Gnostic followers of Jesus, rather than by Judas himself and probably dates from no earlier than the 2nd century.

In contrast to the canonical gospels or the Hebrew Gospel which paint Judas as a betrayer of Christ who delivered him up to the authorities for crucifixion, the Gospel of Judas portrays Judas’s actions as done in obedience to instructions given by Christ. The document also suggests that Christ planned the course of events which led to his death. This portrayal seems to conform to a notion current in some forms of Gnosticism, that the human form is a spiritual prison, that Judas thus served Christ by helping to release Christ’s soul from its physical constraints. This gospel asserts that the other apostles had not learned the true Gospel, which Jesus taught only to Judas Iscariot, the sole follower belonging to the “holy generation” among the disciples.

The Gospel contains ideas which contradicted those circulating in the early Christian church. The author argues that God is essentially a “luminous cloud of light” who exists in an imperishable realm. Adamas, the spiritual father of all humanity, was created in God’s image and dwelled in the imperishable realm. At the beginning of time, God created a group of angels and lower gods. Twelve angels were willed to come into being [to] rule over chaos and the [underworld].The angels of creation were tasked with creating a physical body for Adamas, which became known as the first man Adam. Gradually, humanity began to forget its divine origins and some of Adam’s descendants (Cain and Abel) became embroiled in the world’s first murder. Many humans came to think that the imperfect physical universe was the totality of creation, losing their knowledge of God and the imperishable realm. 

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