The discovery of a lost Third Century AD document entitled "The Gospel of Judas" has created a furore. The question is now being asked whether Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus, was a villain or was he a hero who best understood who Jesus really was among the close circle of the twelve apostles of our Lord, as alleged by this Gospel. The Gospel of Judas was known to the church father or leader, Irenaeus of Lyons in 180 AD. Reflecting the view of the early church, Ireaneus stated that this Gospel was heretical. But recent discussion following the release of the text and translation of this document has reopened discussion on Judasís role at the crucifixion of Jesus. Furthermore, the teaching represented in this document strikes at the heart of the Good News that Jesus died on the Cross to save man from condemnation.
We would like to announce two events that will clear the air concerning how Christians should look at the evidence presented. Is there really a "crisis of faith" and a need to re-interpret radically the event of the Crucifixion of Jesus the Messiah?
You are cordially invited to ...
A Lunch-Time Talk
on Friday, April 28, 2006. from 12.45-1.25pm at Biblical Graduate School of Theology, No.31 Tanjong Pagar Road, 4th Floor, Our Teaching Faculty will address the question: "The Gospel of Judas - A Response"
A Public Seminar
on Saturday, May 13, 2006, from 4.00-6.00pm at No.4 Bishan Street 13, The BGST Faculty will speak on "The Gospel of Judas and Early Christianity".
Admission is free for both events.
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