April De Conick on the Gospel of Judas and More

April De Conick on the Gospel of Judas and More December 13, 2012

April De Conick shared the above video on her blog, in which she discusses her research with the president of Rice University.

If you listen to only a snippet, I’d recommend the one where she talks about the advice she received from Jarl Fossum about searching for the origins and early history of a tradition through later sources. It runs from 8:38-9:03. And then please do discuss it!

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  • Craig Wright

    I would have liked to have heard if Prof. De Conick had interacted with National Geographic in regards to their differing views of Judas.

    • You can learn more about that by reading some of the things April has published on the topic, and on the National Geographic web site, among other places.

  • Gary

    on the post, third law “For every theologian there is an equal and opposite theologian”…proof…


    “Going back to the Gospel of Judas, Professor Pagels, where do you stand on the interpretation of Judas? We have April DeConick’s Thirteenth Apostle that sees Judas as a sort of incarnation of the thirteenth aeon or stellar lord; and then you have the softer interpretation that sees Judas as a priestly hero, or as John Turner calls him, “a fool of fate.” Where do you stand on Judas?

    Well, I think that April DeConick and John Turner’s view that Judas is a completely benighted sort of devil figure is a huge exaggeration. The text is more complicated than that. What it suggests to me-and I’ve written about it, actually-is that Judas is the representative of the human race, which cannot be saved in its natural state, the state in which we’re born as children of Adam.”….

  • Gary

    What struck me about Pagels book on Judas that made sense…I think more important that Judas himself (since it was obviously not written by Judas, but some guy that didn’t want his family fed to the lions).

    “Tertullian writes in the second century-an African writer, from North Africa-and he says, well, some people think martyrdom isn’t a good thing. They think it’s cruel that God wants us to die. Jesus said, ‘If they pursue you in one town, flee to the next’. I mean, that’s in the gospel, so why should people die as martyrs if they can avoid it? And other people say, well, Jesus died for your sins so that you wouldn’t have to die. I mean, God doesn’t want you to die. Tertullian says, no, martyrdom’s good for you. It’s like exercise. A good bracing martyrdom in the arena makes you strong. And besides, God loves it and nothing is more beautiful to God than the death of his saints. And you think, “What kind of God would find the death of his saints a beautiful thing?” So what you find out is, some people were saying, “No, it’s not at all what God wants. It’s completely wrong.” And if it weren’t for the Gospel of Judas and a couple of other writings from Nag Hammadi, you wouldn’t have any evidence of texts that express a very different point of view on martyrdom.”