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The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from Fiction

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With the discovery of the "Gospel of Judas" came an outpouring of hyperbolic language, both negative and positive. Alongside the overwhelming opinions of historians and scholars was the quiet bewilderment of people who simply weren't sure what to think -- confusion that wasn't helped by vast media attention. In "The Lost Gospel of Judas," Stanley Porter and Gordon Heath at ...more
Paperback, 135 pages
Published February 23rd 2007 by Eerdmans
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Richard
Apr 29, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing
This little book is a reply to the challenge posed by "The Gospel of Judas." This extra-canonical "gospel," a Gnostic document written in Coptic, probably dates from the fourth century, although it is possibly a translation of an earlier Greek writing. It purports to reinterpret in a more positive light the role played by Judas in the events surrounding the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

The authors do a good job putting The Gospel of Judas in context for the non-specialist but interested
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Werner
Aug 28, 2009 Werner rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who are curious about Gnosticism, but know little about it
For decades at least, popular culture has been periodically excited by discoveries of various ancient Gnostic writings, as sensationalized press and TV accounts eagerly proclaim that each of these discredits the very foundations of traditional Christianity; the Gospel of Judas is the most recent of these. The mythos is fueled by fiction and movies such as The Da Vinci Code and The Gnostic Secret, which hordes of readers imagine are fact-based. Many people are understandably confused by the whole ...more
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Dec 20, 2013 Graham rated it liked it
At times, it seemed like it was hurried in composition. The "gospel of Judas" was published, and people of various opinions wanted to get their voices in on the debate. It is of course written by two experts (*full disclosure: both former professors of mine) one in New Testament, one in Church History. Not really a hot topic anymore, but still a worthwhile read if you are into investigating the gnostic materials.
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Stanley E. Porter (PhD, University of Sheffield) is president, dean, and professor of New Testament, and Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Wolrdview at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. He has authored or edited dozens of books, including How We Got the New Testament and Fundamentals of New Testament Greek.
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