On this day, Wednesday of Holy Week, we hear of the betrayal of Jesus.
"One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?' They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over."
Since the discovery in the 1970s of surviving fragments of the Gospel of Judas, various scholars have translated and analyzed the ancient document.
Click here for The Gospel of Judas, by Rodolphe Kasser and Gregor Wurst, National Geographic Books, 2006. The translation of the Gospel of Judas begins on p. 17. http://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Judas-Second-Rodolphe-Kasser/dp/142620048X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1303224564&sr=1-1>This is the book's Amazon page.
Click here for Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity, by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King, Viking Penguin, 2007. This is the book's Amazon page. (There is no Search Inside feature, but the Editorial Reviews and the Customer Reviews are interesting.)
Click here for The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed, by Bart D. Ehrman, Oxford University Press, 2006. This is the book's Amazon page. (Interesting Customer Reviews.)
Click here for the Liturgy of the Hours for today.