Excerpts: The Gospel of Judas

Conversations between Jesus and Judas from the newly-translated 'Gospel of Judas'

BY: Edited by Rodolphe Kasser, Marvin Meyer, and Gregor Wurst

 

Judas Asks About His Own Fate

Judas said, “Master, could it be that my seed is under the control of the rulers?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Come, that I [—two lines missing—], but that you will grieve much when you see the kingdom and all its generation.”

 

When he heard this, Judas said to him, “What good is it that I have received it? For you have set me apart for that generation.” Jesus answered and said, “You will become the thirteenth, and you will be cursed by the other generations—and you will come to rule over them. In the last days they will curse your ascent [47] to the holy [generation].”

 

Jesus Speaks of Those Who Are Baptized, and Judas's Betrayal

Judas said to Jesus, “Look, what will those who have been baptized in your name do?”

 

Jesus said, “Truly I say [to you], this baptism [56] […] my name [—about nine lines missing—] to me. Truly [I] say to you, Judas, [those who] offer sacrifices to Saklas […] God [—three lines missing—] everything that is evil.

 

“But you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me.

Already your horn has been raised,

your wrath has been kindled,

your star has shown brightly,

and your heart has […]. [57]

 

“Truly […] your last […] become [—about two and a half lines missing—], grieve [—about two lines missing—] the ruler, since he will be destroyed. And then the image of the great generation of Adam will be exalted, for prior to heaven, earth, and the angels, that generation, which is from the eternal realms, exists. Look, you have been told everything. Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it and the stars surrounding it. The star that leads the way is your star.”

 

Judas lifted up his eyes and saw the luminous cloud, and he entered it. Those standing on the ground heard a voice coming from the cloud, saying, [58] […] great generation […] … image […] [—about five lines missing—].

 

Conclusion: Judas Betrays Jesus

[…] Their high priests murmured because [he] had gone into the guest room for his prayer. But some scribes were there watching carefully in order to arrest him during the prayer, for they were afraid of the people, since he was regarded by all as a prophet.

 

They approached Judas and said to him, “What are you doing here? You are Jesus’ disciple.”

 

Judas answered them as they wished. And he received some money and handed him over to them.

 

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