Judas Is No Traitor in Long-Lost Gospel
"He's the good guy in this portrayal...He's the only apostle who understands Jesus."
- Bart Ehrman, a religion professor
Washington - Judas Iscariot, long reviled as history's quintessential betrayer, was actually the best friend of Jesus and turned him over to authorities only because Jesus asked him to, according to the Gospel of Judas, a long-lost document revealed Thursday.
The manuscript, which scientists date to the year 300, is an account of conversations between Jesus and Judas in the last week of their lives - conversations in which Jesus is said to have shared religious secrets not known by the other disciples.