The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple & His Lost Gospel
As news about the discovery and translation of the lost Gospel of Judas explodes, the first book about the mysterious gospel--an authentic papyrus manuscript from the 4th century-- reveals what we...more
A shorter, more interesting, essay introduces the text, it detailing how, historically speaking, Judas has not always been viewed as negatively as tr ...more
By Ralph BlumenauThis review is from: Gospel of Judas, The (Hardcover)
The New Testament portrays Judas as the corrupt disciple who betrayed Christ, and this negative portrait of him, with additional hateful characteristics, has prevailed for centuries. Only in recent times has the figure of Judas been seen in the context of very ancient Hellenic cults in which gods have to be killed by a `sacred executioner' to be reborn, after which this sacred ...more
Robinson begins his book with a review of the ideas about Judas Iscariot as perpetrated in the New Testament and the dogma of early Christianity. He explores some of the ...more
Read it for the information about archeology and the people who study coptic writings, but not to learn any thing of Judas or the document "The Gospel of Judas".
Simply put, this is an informative and interesting book, but it has nothing to do with its sensational title. The man Judas is mentioned briefly, but the remainder is about the documents' procurement and the people involved with its translation and preservation.
Nothing...nothing of the document itself or any of its co ...more
The earliest of the canonical Christian writings (that is, those recognized by their inclusion in the New Testament) 14those that survive more or less intact 14are the epistles of Paul, written around the middle of the first century. Afterward, within a couple of decades, came the first of the four canonical Gospels, Mark, followed, a decade or so later 14possibly almost simultaneously, by Matthew and Luke who rewr ...more
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