Dating gospel judas


31-May-2017 10:56

Paleography—the discipline of analyzing, deciphering, and dating ancient manuscripts—is little known outside of specialized circles.

Traditionally, scholars especially use handwriting analysis to date manuscripts.

Handwriting changes over time, and ancient Greek papyri, of which there are hundreds of thousands still in existence, give us plenty of illustrations of these changes.

Actual dated papyri give us concrete evidence for when a particular style of writing was used.

by Matt Slick The Gospel of Judas was developed by a Gnostic sect in the second century A.

D and was originally written in Greek around 130-170.

Depending on the age of the artifact, the range can vary widely.

The recent revelations by Joseph Barabe indicate a date of “approximately A. 280,” but this seems to be more precise than the technology would suggest.

Is ink testing and comparison, in your opinion, an adequate method of determining the validity of an ancient text?

It is important to distinguish two concepts regarding its authenticity.



The codex has been dated by Carbon 14 dating and by paleographic techniques, and found to date from approximately A. D. 300. The Gospel of Judas itself of course must have been written well before this to have been mentioned by Irenaeus in A. D. 180. New Testament scholars H. C. Puech and B. Blatz, writing without.… continue reading »


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