Friday, April 07, 2006

Product Placement

Predictably, the "Gospel of Judas" received a lot of television coverage last night, including a puff-piece on ABC's "Primetime," which was little more than a promotional trailer for the upcoming National Geographic television special.

What nearly all the accounts made little mention of, of course, is the fact that this document, even if authentically ancient (which there's no reason to doubt), dates to more than 100 years after the life of Christ, and decades after the biblical gospels. You'd think a fact like that would at least deserve a few seconds.

And of course, they all interviewed Bart Ehrman and Elaine Pagels again (and watch--they'll turn up in every story on these documents), both of whom make money selling books touting these later gospels as meaningful.

Nonetheless, Al Mohler has an excellent article today on the whole controversy.

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