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      WATCH THE JESUS FILM IN
YOUR OWN LANGUAGE
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On this site, we welcome you to the Jesus
film.  There are 5 languages presently on
this site that you can view the Jesus film.
These 5 languages were selected from the
Nimba County communities from Liberia,
West Africa. In this film, you will see Jesus
and the entire community speaking the 
particular language group you have chosen
to view. This is one of the most profound
ways of contextualizing the Christian
Ministry.  It is like the Pentecostal reality,
where everyone heard the ministry of Jesus
in his or her own language. Once you watch
this film, your understanding of the Gospel
will never be the same.  

Those of you who will not see your language
among these 5 languages, just click on Jesus
film below the credit line and you will be able
to find the language you are looking for.

We thank the Jesus Film Project people for
making this contextual form of evangelism
available to us.
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   Mãhwè, click here
:   Jesus film  

   
Dan Wo, click here:  Jesus film
Maninka/Konyanka:Click below: Jesus film

    Kpelle, click here: Jesus film

   Tchien-Krahn, Click here:
Jesus film




  These versions are in the Mah, Dan, Maninka/Konyanka Kpelle, and Tchien-Krahn languages of Nimba County, Liberia,
West Africa.  

To hear the  Jessus film in whatever
language you prefer. Please click here
:

 Jesus Film Project.






                            Credit
  This film is produced by the Jesus Film
   Project.  click here:
 Jesus film Project.
   
You can watch this film in your own
   native language.  To send donation,
   Please click here-
-Jesus film project.

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   THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS, WHAT IS IT?




   Dr. Nya Kwiawon Taryor, Sr.,

     There are biblical, theological and even some
ecclesiastical debates going on about this new discovery, The Gospel of Judas.  In short, this gospel claims that Judas betrayed Jesus, not because he wanted to do evil to Jesus, no.  He did so because
Jesus told him to do so.  Jesus wanted Judas to betray him (Jesus) because in order to go to heaven (Barbelo), one must get rid of the corruptable body through death; and secondly, Jesus came to die for mankind.  
If that is what Jesus came to do, someone must be responsible to put him to the cross in order to be killed so that his soul will be freed from the prison house of the body.  Judas was given the honor by
Jesus to carry out the task.  

Judas, according  to this gospel, was the beloved disciple of Jesus Christ.  He knew more about Jesus than the rest of the other disciples.  He spent more time with Jesus alone than any of the other disciples.  
He was very close to Jesus and Jesus revealed to him 
the Divine plans.  It is he alone who was expected to 
go to heaven (Barbelo) with Jesus. The other disciples were dumb and hard of hearing or even understanding what Jesus was talking about. Judas
was the only disciple with the true insight to the truth. 


We are looking at the Gnostic gospel as compared
to the Canonical gospels. 

Moreover, this is a very recent 
archaeological finding that brings a new perspective to biblical scholarship.  This idea of Judas being a good man in contrast to Judas being an evil man is a dramatic paradigm shift from our understanding of who this disciple was. The Gospel of Judas lays claims to views that were never heard of. This is a new idea that challenges our prevailing beliefs and understanding of who
this man, Judas, was.  This is not a 
"Joe blow" issue, this is a sound theological debate that helps us to focus on a new
way to view the Canonical Gospel 
in contrast to Gnosticism
of the second century.  For those who 
have no apetite or the scholarship for this kind of investigation, and conversation, I will advise that your read Wikipedia for a layman's understanding on the Gospel of JudasClick here.

This gospel of Judas debunks our understanding and our views of the message of the New Testament.  After reading this book, our understanding of the New Testament is no longer the same.  Most people have always thought that Judas was the most wicked man on earth because he betrayed Jesus for pieces of silver.  Now, we learn that actually, he betrayed Jesus because Jesus told him to do so and that he was doing the will of God.  Does this not make you think seriously about the message of the New Testament?  Does this not challenge your belief system?  If you are not moved by this finding, then nothing about the New Testament will move you. We are told in this gospel that in fact, it is Judas that will enter the real heaven, called "Barbelo" where Jesus came from and where
he is going after his death and resurrection.  Here is a
passage from 
the Gospel of Judas.  P. 98.

Because Judas has correctly perceived Jesus' character, Jesus takes him aside, away from the ignorant others, to
teach him "the mysteries of the Kingdom." Judas alone will receive the secret knowledge necessary for salvation. And Jesus informs him that he will attain this salvation--even though he will grieve in the process. 
He will grieve because he will be rejected by 'the twelve,' who will elect someone to take his place. This is a reference to what happens in the New Testament book of Acts, when after Judas's death, the eleven disciples replaced him with Matthias so they can remain twelve in number (Acts. 1:16-26).  For the Gospel of Judas, this is a good thing--not for the twelve, but for Judas.  He is the one who can attain salvation, while the other apostles continue to be concerned about 'their god,' the creator god of the Old Testament whom both Jesus and Judas can transcend. 
p. 98.  

This is a critical theological challenge to the foundation of our faith. This is a serious stuff.    THIS IS A PARIDIGM SHIFT in theoogical and biblical reflection.

      SOME RECOMMENDED SOURCE:
         Click on the colored italicized, underlined lines.

Check the National Geographic Society    
                                   The Gospel of Judas

Here is another opinion about the Gospel of Judas from
   The New York Times

                 Look at some of the early Christian Writings
       The Nag Hammadi Library, the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.

      The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Complete Gospels:

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The document we are talking about, The Gospel of Judas, was said to have
been written in 280 AD.  Much later than Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.  Mark, the first gospel to have been written was written in (70) AD. Matthew was written between (80-90) AD. John's gospel was written about (90-100) AD as most scholars think. The date of Luke is still debateable because the writer of  Luke who was also the writer of the Book of Acts, was familiar with the 
writings of Matthew, Mark and the Q (for Quelle" German for "source") source. So his work was far later than Mark and Matthew. The book we are dealing with that came to us 280 years later must be considered very significant.  

  Even though the Gospel of Judas was of a later origin, the early church used it extensively.  There were many books that were used extensively during the
inter-testimental time, that were never included in the New Testament.  Those
books form the body of literatire we refer to as the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.  Those were the rejected books of the Bible that never entered the canonical books of the Bible.   Of course, the Roman Catholic Church uses the Apocrypha.   Beyond these, there are other gospels that were used extensively during the intertestamental period that never found they way into the Bible.  Some of them include: the Narrative Gospels [ Gospels of Q, Thomas, Greek Fragments of Thomas, Secret Book of James, Dialogue of the Savior, Gospel of Mary]. Infancy Gospels [Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Infancy Gospel of James, The Infancy Gospel of Jesus].   Fragmentary Gospels [Gospels of Peter, Secret Gospel of Mark, Egerton Gospel, Gospel of Oxyrhynchus 840, Gospel Oxyrhynchus 1224] the list goes on. The other important discoveries of lost books can be found in a book called, the  Nag Hammadi Library, edited by Dr, James M. Robinson, one of my professors at the Claremont School of Theology in California, when I was doing my doctorate program there. The materials of this book were discovered in Egypt. It has all the lost scriptures that were never entered into the Bible. The Gnostic gospels, along the years, have enabled us to gain a fuller appreciation of Christian literatures that were never a part of the canonical gospels. This is one of them. Another important book is the one written by Elaine Pagels. The title of the book is: The Gnostic Gospels. Much of her work depended on the sources provided by the Nag Hammadi Library.

I have said all this to say, this new discovery about Judas gives us a new
understanding of the relationship between Jesus and Judas and explains his role in fulfilling the purpose of the death of Jesus on the cross. We cannot take the literature lightly.  It is said that Judas himself did not write the book.
Other disciples or followers of Christ that were part of the  Essene community, some who were gnostic were responsible for the book. Much information from the Dead Sea Scrols and those from the Qumran and Essenes communities have helped and informed our understanding beyond biblical interpretations. We must keep abreast of the truth that we continue to glean from these discoveries.





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