The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed Paperback – 16 Dec 2008
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Well judged and informative. (Church Times)
Bart Ehrman offers a sane and sensible introduction to a text that has been the subject of wild claims in the media...A clear account. (Rev David Blatherwick, Methodist Recorder)
Rigorous and informed. (Edward Norman, Literary Review)
Bart D Ehrman explains the status of this manuscript with cool-headed clarity. (Boyd Tonkin, The Independent)
[A] splendid book. (Church of England Newspaper)
About the Author
Bart D. Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One of the major public experts on early Christianity, Jesus, and the New Testament, he is very well known in his field and to a general audience through his books, including the New York Times bestseller Misquoting Jesus, Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene, Lost Christianities, Lost Scriptures, and Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code. He has appeared on N.B.C.'s Dateline, A&E, the History Channel, C.N.N., and a number of nationally syndicated N.P.R. programs, and has taped several highly popular lecture series for "The Teaching Company."
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Judas, Ehrman notes, is portrayed in various ways in the "Synoptic Gospels", the accounts of Jesus that are the standard fare of Christian teachings. They range from a man driven by greed to an instrument of Satan. "The Gospel of Judas", originally written at about the same time as those stock accounts, depicts somebody else altogether. Not written by Judas, the writer tells the story of a man specially favoured by the teacher. According to the text, Judas was the one among "the Twelve" who actually "got" the message. Instead of "betraying" the teacher, Judas is actually given the task of freeing him from the "man who clothes me". Jesus, then, is but a spirit occupying a human body. Judas thus becomes the first Christian.
The foundation of this shift of role lies in a religious philosophy known as "Gnosticism". Although much debate has raged around the term as well as its tenets, its underlying thesis is that the material world is inherently evil, created by corrupt gods. The god revered by the Jews and transferred to Christianity is a false deity.Read more ›
I haven't been disappointed with this book. In fact, there is a bonus book hidden inside of this one. In the course of considering Judas in light of this new gospel, Ehrman presents his speculations on Jesus as an apocalyptic Jew. This view of Jesus had made more sense to me of the life and death of Jesus and the beginnings of Christianity than any other book I have read. It also makes me want to read soon Ehrman's 2001 book "Jesus: Apocalytic Prophet of the New Millenium" in which he apparently presents in more detail a view of Jesus associated with Albert Schweitzer.
But if you, like I, are less concerned with the historical Jesus and more with Gnostic Christianity than this book may be somewhat disappointing. I expect too much, perhaps, from Ehrman. The breadth of this book does indeed put "The Gospel of Judas" into good general context within early Christianity. But Ehrman's interest does not seem to be primarily in Christian Gnosticism and so, for all his knowledge, he doesn't quite seem to want to inspire us about the value of the Christian Gnostic myths. Even with the "Gospel of Judas" essentlally in his hands, Ehrman is not a Hans Jonas. He'd rather use the opportunity to remind us of his understanding of Jesus as an apocalyptic Jew and of Gnostic Christianity as evidence of the diversity of early Christianity.Read more ›
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Tells you nothing about the Gospel of Judas. Doubting the veracity of the author. Reads like a rehab of his previous works.Published 10 months ago by william buchanan
Being very well--self--educated in Judeo-Christian antiquity, one question always bothered me regarding Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus. What was Judas' MMO. Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2011 by jake
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