Book: Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice
Chapter: 9. Beyond Righteousness and Transgression: Reading the Gospel of Truth and the Gospel of Judas from an Acosmic Perspective
Jögen Magnusson opens his case with a summary of the scholarly controversies surrounding the concept of “Gnosticism” in the wake of the discovery of the Nag Hammadi codices in 1945. He then proceeds to compare the understanding of Gnostic mythology in a recent addition to the data set, the so-called Gospel of Judas (first made publicly accessible in 2006), as well as in one of the most studied texts in the Nag Hammadi corpus, the so-called Gospel of Truth. Magnusson identifies important points of dissent in the two treatises that provide different, yet distinctively Gnostic views regarding the sacrificial death of Jesus.