The publicity drum roll over the weekend would put a Roman cavalcade to shame. Judas, disciple and Biblical betrayer of Jesus, is on America's media screen like never before. The National Geographic cable channel is putting the big trumpet to news of the discovery and translation of a long-lost Gospel of Judas.
But if the marketing is over the top, the scholarly and theological issues raised by the ancient papyrus are very real. Conservatives, fresh from the "Da Vinci Code" battles, are fighting back. And the boundaries of the Bible are being questioned again.
Hear about the new spin on the old story of Judas, Jesus, history, and faith.
Karen King, Professor of New Testament Studies and the
History of Ancient Christianity at the Harvard Divinity SchoolBen Witherington, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky
Martin Meyer, Professor of Bible and Christian Studies and Co-Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Chapman University
This program aired on April 10, 2006.