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BYU Studies Quarterly

BYU Studies Quarterly

Abstract

Due to the popularity of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code and the volume of media attention directed at the Gospel of Judas, both of which suggest searching for hidden meanings in religious traditions and alternative ways of viewing Bible texts and mainstream Christianity, BYU Studies addresses the Gospel of Judas through a series of articles. Richard Neitzel Holzapfel introduces the issue by explaining the Latter-day Saint perspective: some scholars question the New Testament narrative and wonder what other ancient, lost documents were left out, but Latter-day Saints view the Gospel of Judas as a text written by apostate Gnostics because it overlooks Christ's Atonement as the means of salvation. Still, the discovery and translation of the text of the Gospel of Judas portends the happy possibility of more ancient documents being discovered and discussed in the future.

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