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Gospel of Judas
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A pseudonymous and noncanonical work likely dating to the second century ad. Found in the fragmentary Codex Tchacos, which was discovered in 1970 in Egypt. The fragmentary document claims to contain a dialogue between Jesus and Judas Iscariot; this dialogue includes teachings suggestive of the Sethian strand of Gnosticism. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period and was deemed heretical by early church fathers Irenaeus and Epiphanius (Adversus Haereses 1.31.1; Panarion 38).
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Gospel of Judas
Gospel of Judas A pseudonymous and noncanonical work likely dating to the second century ad. Found in the fragmentary Codex Tchacos, which was discovered in 1970 in Egypt. The fragmentary document claims to contain a dialogue between Jesus and Judas Iscariot; this dialogue includes teachings suggestive
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Judas, Gospel Of
Judas, Gospel ofA lost (Cainite?) apocryphon of the mid-2nd century attested by Irenaeus and Epiphanius. Irenaeus (Adv. haer. 1.31.1) describes the work as transmitted by certain gnostic groups who valued its secret teaching as coming from the singular witness of “the betrayer Judas,” who “alone recognized
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Judas, Gospel of (Writing)
Judas, Gospel of. *An apocryphal gospel described by Irenaeus (Adv. haer. i.28. 9) and mentioned in Epiphanius’ writings against heresies (Haer. xxxviii.1. 5). Ascribed to the Cainite Gnostic sect, it was probably written in the mid-second century A.D. No portion of the work survives. According
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
JUDAS ISCARIOT, GOSPEL OF (Writing)
JUDAS ISCARIOT, GOSPEL OFA “Gospel of Judas” is mentioned by Irenaeus (Adv. Haer., i.31), Epiphanius (Haer., xxxviii.1), Theodoret, etc., as current in the Gnostic sect of the Cainites, to whom Judas was a hero. It must have been in existence in the 2nd century, but no quotation is given from it (see
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition
2. Gospel of Judas
2. Gospel of JudasThe long-lost Gospel of Judas is the most recent apocryphal Gospel to have been rediscovered. Found in 1978, the codex containing it had an eventful journey over the next few decades, being stolen and damaged, sitting in a bank vault for many years, and passing from one antiquities
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
JUDAS, GOSPEL OF
JUDAS, GOSPEL OF. IRENAEUS of Lyons (ca. 180) reported that the Gnostics produced a gospel they attributed to Judas (Adv. Haer. 1.31.1). Epiphanius of Salamis (d. 403) attributed this gospel to Cainites, a group taking their name from Cain (Gen 4:11–12). They extolled other disgraced figures in the OT,