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Scholarship not intended to divide people,
This review is from: Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (Hardcover)Jesus taught a message of acceptance so it should come as no surprise that Pagels and King present here:
1) inclusive concerns that cuts across the "liberal" versus "conservative" divide that is used to to steer readers away in advance from reading works from a presumably "other camp".
2) a Christian teaching that is neither strictly orthodox nor Gnostic, that does not depend on any argument for an earlier dating of the text, and which addresses issues that Christians faced in the 2nd century including persecution and martyrdom.
3) A work by two knowledgeable and gifted women at a time when discrimination by gender still persists, at times blatant, within not only society at large but within Christian denominations, churches and schools.
This book is divided into two parts:
1) A general presentation, "Reading Judas", on which Pagels and King collaborated.
2) King's translation of this gospel and her fine-grained comments on that translation.
Pagels and King help us to understand a time when there were genuine Christian concerns that the theme of sacrifice and appeals for martyrdom were being manipulated by many early church leaders.