It’s all the rage!

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?

4 Replies to “It’s all the rage!”

  1. I am thinking about adding a permanent section to BookNews, like I had this week:
    From the “Yes we carry it” media event department.

    What do you think? Will I be able to fill it? I’m afraid I would :(

    James

  2. The backstory behind this find is itself quite interesting, and I’ve been following it for a while. There are three other texts in the same codex with the ps.Gospel of Judas; and three other codices sold by the same dealer, containing a Greek mathematical treatise, a Greek version of Exodus, and a Sahidic version of Paul’s Letters. All passed through the hands of dealer Bruce Ferrini, who seems to have dismembered them.

  3. Right, Roger, except it’s not even “seems to have dismembered them” as it turns out. The codex was certainly dismembered and those works you ention were all a part of it. Others have mentioned that further codices may have been in the same cache. They’ll all be up to the same treatment in time: roughly handled so that edges/pages are lost, then dismembered and sold to the highest bidder.

    The whole thing is disgusting. People I’ve known who were “collectors” have been invariably selfish and ignorant. This is just more of the same.

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