Failed Entry of a New Apocryphal Gospel into the Fight Against the Christian Church (Entrée Ratée D'Un Nouvel Évangile Apocryphe Dans Le Combat Contre L'Eglise Chrétienne)

6 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2007

Date Written: July 2007

Abstract

For the 2006 Easter (the date has a clear meaning) the National Geographic published an unknown manuscript, aimed to make the Christianity tremble from its foundations. The event benefited from the usual advertisement à l'américaine, in order to hit to the highest possible degree the Church and its believers. Nevertheless, the only crisis resulting from this initiative is probably a financial one, for those who bought and restored the manuscript.

Discovered in the early 80's, the document remained for long time the property of a obscure dealer of antiquities from Cairo, who never cared about the content of the manuscript and interested exclusively by the amount of money he could get by selling it. Stolen and then returned to its owner, brought in Switzerland and then in USA, protected only by a page of an old newspaper, the Codex was seriously damaged during the 20 years before its official publication. When eventually in the hands of the scientist, the manuscript was a muddle of small fragments that took four years to be put together and reconstituted. An incredible adventure, a huge and delicate work for restoration, all that for an outcome with modest scientific interest and without any effect on Christians.

Note: Downloadable document is in French.

Keywords: evangile, Judas, eglise chretienne, gnosticism

Suggested Citation

Zaman, Constantin and Zaman-Morariu, Bogdan, Failed Entry of a New Apocryphal Gospel into the Fight Against the Christian Church (Entrée Ratée D'Un Nouvel Évangile Apocryphe Dans Le Combat Contre L'Eglise Chrétienne) (July 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=983470 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.983470

Constantin Zaman (Contact Author)

CES Paris 1 ( email )

106-112 Boulevard de l'hopital
106-112 Boulevard de l'Hôpital
Paris Cedex 13, 75647
France

Bogdan Zaman-Morariu

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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