The Gospel of Judas Part 2

This section will cover the disciples getting angry at Jesus & Jesus speaking to Judas privately. This part will have some of the better stuff that this ‘gospel’ has to offer.

The text then proceeds to tell us that the disciples heard all of the above mysteries, they get angry, infuriated & start blaspheming against Jesus in their hearts. When Jesus noticed, he said to them, “Why has this agitation led you to anger?” And said, “Your God who is within you has provoked you to anger in your souls, bros. Any one of you who is strong enough among human beings bring out the perfect human & stand before my face!” Some of the words are tentative in the text. But here Jesus denotes that the anger rising in their hearts is being provoked by their ‘gods’ within them. Jesus is challenging them to allow the real/true person (the spiritual person) to come to the forefront to express itself & stand before Jesus. The disciples all said they had the strength but their spirits didn’t, or couldn’t, dare stand before Jesus except for Judas Iscariot. Only Judas was able to stand before Jesus but couldn’t look him in the eyes. Judas turned away from Jesus’ face. Judas does this out of respect for Jesus & modesty. On the averting of the eyes, it’s referenced in the Gospel of Thomas 46. It’s said there that people should show a similar form of respect & modesty by the lowering of the eyes before John the Baptist. It’s also done to leaders of nations today.

Judas then proceeds to tell Jesus, “I know who you are & where you come from.” You are from the immortal realm of Barbelo. (I’ll get to that in a sec.) And I am not worthy to even utter the name of the one who sent you.” Now Judas Iscariot himself realizes who Jesus is & gives a true confession of who Jesus is. To say, out loud, that Jesus is from the immortal realm (or aeon) of Barbelo is to say, in Sethian terms, that Jesus is from the divine realm of the heavens & IS the son of God. In Sethian texts, Barbelo is the “divine mother of all,” who is often said to be the forethought (pronoia) of the Father, the Infinite One. The name of Barbelo seems to be based on a form of the Tetragrammaton. For those of you out of the loop, the Tetragrammaton is the Hebrew name of God God. The name of God is transliterated in 4 letters as YHWH or JHVH & articulated as either Yahweh or Jehovah. It’s only used, really, in the Jewish faith. For examples of Barbelo in Sethian texts, check out the Secret Book of John II:4-5; the Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit (also known as the Egyptian Gospel); Nag Hammadi Codex III 42, 62, 69; Zostrianos 14, 124, 129; Allogenes the Stranger 51, 53, 56; Three Forms of First Thought 38. The one who sent Jesus is the ineffable God. The ineffability of the divine is also emphasized in other Sethian texts like the Secret Book of John, the Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit, & Allogenes the Stranger. In the Gospel of Thomas 13, Thomas similarly says to Jesus, “Master, my mouth is utterly unable to what you are like!”

Here’s where we get to the good part of part 2! Yay! Thanks for sticking it out this far! Jesus & Judas go somewhere private & talk to each other!

The text then says Jesus knew by what Judas had said that Judas was reflecting on something that was exalted. Then Jesus told Judas, “Step away from the others & I’ll show you the mysteries of the kingdom. It is possible for you to reach it, but you will grieve a great deal. Someone else will replace you as a disciples in order 12 may come to completion with their god.” Check out Acts 1:15-26. Matthias replaced Judas as a disciple to make 12 again. Throughout history 12 (or 13, if you count Jesus) has been a significant number. Or their multiples (6, 12, 18, etc.).

Judas then asks Jesus, “When will you tell me? When/How will the great day of light dawn for this generation?” (I haven’t been able to find out what “the great day of light” is.) After Judas says this, Jesus leaves. So pretty much, Judas asks questions about the promised revelation from Jesus & the ultimate glorification of that generation, Jesus just dips out. Abruptly leaves! The next morning, Jesus met with his  disciples after talking with Judas. The disciples asked, “Where did you go, Master? What did do when you left us?” Jesus says, “I went to another great & holy generation.” Jesus maintains that he went beyond this world to another realm. Apparently the spiritual realm of that generation.

The disciples then said to Jesus, “Master, what’s the great generation that is superior to us? Holier than us? That is not in these realms?” These particular realms, or aeons, are the ones here below, that are mere copies, or reflections, of the realms, or aeons, above. The Platonic character of this theme is clear. But Platonic concept of the realm of ideas & reflection of ideas in our world is interpreted in a gnostic manner in this text & others. Especially Sethian texts.

When the disciples heard this, they became troubled in their spirits. They couldn’t say a word. Another day Jesus came to them. They said, “Teacher, we’ve seen you in a vision. For we’ve had great dreams at night.” Some parts of this passage are/can be restored, tentatively, as: “for we’ve had great dreams of the night on which they’ve come to arrest you.” In which case, the disciples may be referring to premonitions of the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus said, “Why have you gone into hiding?” If the restorative part is correct, this comment may be a reference to the disciples running away, like cowards, to hide  when Jesus is arrested. Check out Matthew 14:50-52.

 

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