The Gospel of Judas: Fact or Fiction?

Two Mondays, November 27 and December 4, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | The Byzantine Fresco Chapel, 4001 Yupon (one block south of the Rothko Chapel)

Matthias Henze, the Watt J. and Lilly G. Jackson Associate Professor in Biblical Studies at Rice University, will discuss the recently translated and released Gnostic Gospel of Judas, which offers an alternative interpretation of the relationship between Jesus and Judas Iscariot.

November 27: Nag Hammadi: Early Christian Controversies and the Invention of Heresy
In December 1945 along the Nile River near the modern day town of Nag Hammadi, an Egyptian farmer discovered thirteen ancient Coptic codices containing some fifty texts. The most celebrated of these is the Gospel of Thomas, a hitherto unknown Gospel that has played a crucial role in the newly emerging view of nascent Christianity.

December 4: The Gospel of Judas: In Praise of Betrayal
Lost for 1,600 years, the controversial Gospel of Judas was rediscovered in 1970 in a desert cave in Egypt and published only in 2006. The Gospel tells the story of Jesus from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, who is here depicted not as a traitor but as a hero.

Learn more about the discovery of the Gospel of Judas and view the codex which contains it on the interactive National Geographic website.

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Going Baroque
Two Thursdays, January 11 and 18, 7:30–9:00 p.m. | Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar. Parking information distributed to subscribers.


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