Let’s file this under the “too little, too late” category. National Geographic has apologized for its television special on the Gospel of Judas. A new edition of the gospel with a “thoroughly updated translation” has now been put forth which, to cite Gnostic scholar Birger Pearson, acknowledges “the flawed scholarship of the original edition.” NG itself admits to putting out a “sensationalized reading.” Oops. Now if only we had done objective scholarship in the first place. Remind anyone of any other over-hyped claims about the ancient Christian world? Jesus Tomb? DaVinci Code? Why didn’t Elaine Pagels and Bart Ehrman step forward and call for more careful approaches? You can ead about the new Gospel of Judas edition and NG’s apology here.
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