More on the Gospel of Judas:
I’m slightly mystified by the way conservative scholars and bloggers–like these–seem so pleased with April DeConick’s new take on the Gospel of Judas. Hers is really no more friendly (or unfriendly) to orthodox Christianity than the NG’s team, and she herself is no conservative. Both interpretations assume (or conclude, whichever) that it was written by someone hostile to orthodox/apostolic/proto-standard/whatever Christianity, and neither makes any claim that it has any bearing whatever on the historical events of Jesus’s life. The two explanations I can think of are that (i) conservatives were really freaked at the idea of a Good Judas, and (ii) The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend.