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  •  I've perused (none)
    many gnostic gospels, most from nag hammadi discovered 1945, they seem to give many different facets lost to today's Christian.

    There was one by the disciple "Barnabas" separate from the nag set translated by Islamic scholars - highly interesting, but I can't decide whether it is an extremely elaborate hoax. I so much prefer the ending to the more common versions.

    Avoiding Theocracy at Home and Neo Cons Abroad

    by UniC on Sat Aug 27, 2005 at 09:59:43 AM PDT

    •  Forged (none)
         There's general scholarly agreement that the "Gospel of Barnabas" is a renaissance-era forgery.  It isn't Gnostic in any sense of the word, but is an attempt to create a Gospel that would be coherent with Islamic teachings (many Muslims believe that all the Christian gospels that currently exist are "corruptions" of an original ur-Gospel that no longer exists).
      •  yes (none)
        I acknowledged the possibility/probability of hoax. Too close to the Islamic version that he didn't die on the cross. But since we're dealing with 'magical' times, God making Judas appear as Jesus as punishment for the betrayal, then crucified in his place seems like a realistic telling.

        Like with most texts of uncertain lineage a grain of salt should be added. There are still some that argue for a 1st century date.
        I wont claim it as authentic, but wouldn't throw out the content because it seems pro Islamic, it's a good tale.
        For the same reason I wouldn't throw out Jonah being swallowed by a whale just because it is impossible, but prefer the allegorical whale was Syria and Jonah Judea.

        Avoiding Theocracy at Home and Neo Cons Abroad

        by UniC on Sat Aug 27, 2005 at 10:27:19 AM PDT

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