The Secrets of Judas
The discovery of a previously lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot has electrified the Christian community, portraying this despised man as someone who saw his role in the Passion of Christ as integral to a larger plan, and bringing new clarity to the old story. If Judas had not betrayed Jesus, Jesus would not have been handed over to the authorities, crucified, buried, and rais...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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