Friday, April 21, 2006

Larry Hurtado on the Gospel of Judas

Here's another commentary on the so-called Gospel of Judas by a respected New Testament scholar, Professor Larry Hurtado of the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity.

Eventually, Mario Jean Roberty, a Swiss lawyer who is head of the Maecenas Foundation, which is also Swiss, bought the codex for a reported $1.5 million plus half the proceeds from the future marketing of its contents. In 2004, Roberty struck a deal with the National Geographic Society to finance scholarly conservation and publication. In other words, the various owners of the codex couldn't sell the artifact because legitimate potential buyers suspected it had been illegally obtained. And then Roberty cleverly hit upon the idea of making his money back by marketing the contents of the codex. More

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