There seems to be a lot of hype in the media over the recent translation of the Gnostic gospel Judas. I personally have not read the translations, but reports say that it paints Judas in a much more favorable light. In a nutshell, Jesus asks Judas to â€œget the ball rollingâ€ with the crucifixion.
I guess I never really saw Judas as a villain. Really, what he did was no better or worse than what Peter did. The whole point of the thing was that in the canonical gospels + Acts, he never asked for forgiveness.
Anyway, I never really though that Judas wanted to â€œoffâ€ Jesus. I always assumed he was hoping to provoke â€œthe revolution.â€ It makes sense to me. You come marching into town the week before and people are treating you like royalty. Then nothing happens. The Romans more or less ignore him until Judas stirs the pot. This is TOTAL speculation on my part, but I think Judas was hoping Jesus would finally start â€œkicking hinnie and taking names.â€
Judas for all his problems does bring about one of my favorite Bible moments. CSI Jerusalem (squishy noises and all).
What do you think?