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Editor says, what if Judas Iscariot really was the brother of Jesus? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Religion thread.
In 1937,on this day a Secret Gospel authored by the brother of King Jesus was discovered in the Transjordan.
DogmaThe apocrypha described a prophetic warning at the outset of the Jewish War in 66 CE. The narratives then documents how the third "Bishop" (Vice Regent) Prince Judas Iscariot led a depleted, scattered community of followers out of mortal danger.
Their destination was Pella in Transjordania where they re-established a Gentile-Pauline Church. This forced relocation explained the loss of central importance of the Jerusalem Church which now moved the Christian centre of gravity to Rome.
The discovery meant that those same authorities in the Vatican were now presented with difficult questions about the historical accuracy of an archetypical traitor. Of course the rehabilitation of Judas was an explosive issue much larger than the legacy of one disciple. And Rome's Axis partner faced a direct challenge to the false Nazi assertion that worldwide Jewry was an unexpungeable evil tracing its history back to Judas' betrayal of Jesus.
Editor says, in this post we examine some ideas proposed by the British Jewish Scholar Hyam Maccoby (1924-2004) in his excellent book "Judas Iscariot and the Myth of Jewish Evil" (1992). Wikipedia reports ~ Maccoby also wrote extensively on the phenomenon of ancient and modern Anti-Semitism. He considered the Gospel traditions blaming the Jews for the death of Jesus and especially the legend of Judas Iscariot (which he believed to be a product of the Gentile Pauline Church) as the roots of Christian antisemitism. The photo is of Luca Lionello playing Judas in the Passion of the Christ (2004).
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