BYU panelists question value of Gospel of Judas
PROVO – The newly translated “Gospel of Judas” doesn’t contain the actual sayings of either Jesus or Judas, according to a panel of religious scholars who spoke at Brigham Young University on Saturday.
On that, they agreed.
There was slightly less agreement about how the document will, or should, be of interest to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
S. Kent Brown, Frank F. Judd, Gaye Strathearn and Thomas A. Wayment spoke as part of the university’s annual Easter Conference. Professor Richard Neitzel Holzapfel introduced his fellow professors, saying they are the school’s premier New Testament and Gnostic experts.
Holzapfel also said that, in his entire life, he has never seen such interest in an ancient text. People e-mail him and stop him in the grocery store, he said. Everyone, including his Jewish friends, wonder what LDS scholars will make of the Gospel of Judas.