LNH: Eggplant the Easter Miracle Komodo Dragon #1 to (??)

Tom Russell milos_parker at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 16 14:23:33 PDT 2006

martinphipps2 at yahoo.com wrote:
> Tom Russell:
> > Easter is really a more exciting story.  Much as I
> > disliked Mel Gibson's PASSION, he had the right idea starting in
> > Gethsemane.  That's a powerful scene.  A great set-piece.  Then you've
> > got the betrayal of Judas.
> Ah, yes, but according to "Judas" himself (ie from the Gospel According
> to Judas, recently recovered and translated in Egypt), he didn't betray
> Jesus: he was doing exactly what Jesus wanted him to do.  Then there's
> the Gospel According to (Doubting) Thomas which (not surprisingly)
> doesn't make any mention of Jesus being resurrected.  As far as I know,
> both of these "non-canonical" gospels are considered authentic, dating
> back as early as 130-170 AD (Judas) and 140-200 AD (Thomas).

THOMAS was a sayings gospel, if I'm not mistaken: kind of a "Barlett's
Guide to Jesus", not a gospel in the traditional, narrative senes of
the word.

> Interestingly, this means that six out of the twelve apostles were
> heard from (or at least had gospels attributed to them).

Actually, of the four Vulgate gospels, only two were attributed to
apostles: Matthew and Mark.  The third synoptic, Luke, is attributed to
one of Paul's disciples, and both LUKE and the ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
were probably written by the same person (stylistically, they're very
similiar), which lends some credibility to its authorship.

John, which is not a synoptic gospel, is not attributed to one of the
apostles, nor to St. John the Divine (the REVELATIONS dude).  It's the
most poetic of the Vulgate gospels, and also has the fewest number of

There are many, many gospels that have turned up over time, including
the Infancy Gospels, which give various interpetations of JESUS: THE
LOST YEARS.  See!  What happens between the ages of twelve and thirty!
Witness! Jesus creating birds out of stone!  Be astounded! as young J.
C. retaliates against bullies!

> Martin... knows this post is off-topic... but so is Tom's :)


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