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December 03, 2007


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April DeConick's New York Times piece on the Gospel of Judas fiasco is excellent. I was particularly interested in what she said about the Dead Sea Scrolls:

"The situation reminds me of the deadlock that held scholarship back on the Dead Sea Scrolls decades ago. When manuscripts are hoarded by a few, it results in errors and monopoly interpretations that are very hard to overturn even after they are proved wrong."

From what I understand, the consequences of the Scrolls monopoly are indeed still continuing today, in an exhibit taking place in San Diego. See this article for an example of the kind of horrifying conflict this has led to:


So I would suggest that an important question is whether serious biblical scholars who, like April DeConick, seek to do their research in accordance with basic principles of scientific humanism rather than any specific religious agenda, will frankly condemn what is going on with the Dead Sea Scrolls in one museum exhibit after another. Or will we have another decade of silence, innuendo and embarrassed shrugging of shoulders?


I'm afraid that neither the NG is correct nor April.

Isa, SA was not crucified. A substitute was. That both parties have utilized their own historical wills and egos to mistranslate something as important as this is to be expected.

Put a muslim scholar on it and you'll understand the hadith of Yehuda much more clearly.


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