Thursday, April 13, 2006

The kiss           [biblical scholarship]



click HERE to access (in PDF format) a 7-page glimpse of The Gospel of Judas (in English translation from the Coptic original) -- a work being published in book form by The National Geographic Society

Jesus speaks of a great and boundless realm, wherein resides a great invisible

which no eye of an angel has ever seen,
no thought of the heart has ever comprehended,
and it was never called by any name.


[bridging pp. 3-4]

. . . recalling (in its way) the Heart Sutra [which latter, according to scholarly estimates, dates from the same era as the copying of this Gospel]

Adam Gopnik has a good critique of the book in the current issue of The New Yorker. I enjoyed perusing his thoughts, sitting on a bench in evening sunlight.

[exceprted per fair use doctrine. The present item comprises a terse review -- with focus on poetical content.]

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