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The most famous traitor in history to be rehabilitated?

April 7 2006

Scientists who are engaged in the study of the manuscript with the text of the so-called "Gospel of Judas", believe that the ancient scrolls of about 1700 years.

In Egypt, near the town of El-Minya in 1970 was found this papyrus. Test was conducted and the experts confirmed the authenticity of the manuscript, which belongs to the ancient Christian apocryphal literature. Manuscript specialists of different disciplines have studied different methods: they spent the radiocarbon and spectral analysis, investigated the ink and handwriting.

But this does not mean authenticity of the text. Scientists believe that the text was translated into Coptic earlier document, which was written in ancient Greek.

The author claims that Judas was not a traitor. In it differently than in the four canonical Gospels, interpreted the image of Judas - he betrays Jesus not out of greed or malice, and allegedly at the behest and direction of Christ, helping teachers to sacrifice to atone for human sins.

The author of the text remains anonymous. Scientists believe that the original Greek text of the Gospel was written by a group of early Christian Gnostics, somewhere up to 180 AD.

Now scientists are preparing translations of the "Gospel" in 18 languages, including Russian.

Ancient document after the research will be submitted to the Coptic Museum in Cairo (Egypt). Reports

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