On the current media frenzy:
The Gospel of Judas: Yet another pimple on the arse of Heresy. YaaaAAAAWWWwwwwn. Next!
Tabor’s Jesus Dynasty: Nepotism in the Near East?! Shocking, I say!
Seriously, though, the Gospel of Judas coverage was quite alot of hype for not much of a payoff, just as expected on my entirely cynical part. As usual, various talking heads wax superlative, and the result is a few pages that may, just may, represent the work condemned by the brilliant St. Irenaeus. Or they may be something else. And the rest of the codex has been sold separately, apparently in horrendous condition. The whole thing is a disgusting farce. But it was somewhat entertaining to my incredulous eye to see how historically and theologically illiterate a number of various reporters are. At least the Gospel of Judas pages are back in Egypt. The whole thing is scandalous. I feel unclean just having witnessed it.
On to The Jesus Dynasty, undoubtedly only the first of the many books of mainstream scholars cashing in on the Dan Brown abomination. Really, why does an ancient example of what appears to be perfectly common ancient nepotism (which wasn’t seen as a bad thing even in our own cultures until the last century, mind you) require glorification as a “dynasty”? I mean, really…. Could it be the “CHA-CHING!!!” factor?