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The Secrets of Judas

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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

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Published May 9th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 7th 2006)
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Erik Graff
Sep 17, 2016 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gospel of Judas fans
Shelves: religion
This slight book was published prior to the publication of The Gospel of Judas by The National Geographic Society. Most of it is devoted to a rather confusing attempt to detail what was known at the time of the document's provenance, transmission and contents. That wasn't much and the sketchy accounts available at the time were often contradictory.

A shorter, more interesting, essay introduces the text, it detailing how, historically speaking, Judas has not always been viewed as negatively as tr
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David
Sep 17, 2011 David added it
A Gnostic-Christian text rediscoved, 20 Jan 2007
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
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Frank
Apr 26, 2012 Frank rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is interesting and has a lot of information in it but not about the Gospel of Judas. In other words I don't feel he accomplished what his title promised. He puts a lot of history in the book, maybe half, of the intrigue and finding and profiteering of the document as well as other old documents within the package being offered. But no real details of what is in the "gospel" itself. He spends a lot of time on what the evangelists were doing when they wrote their gospels and including how ...more
Dorothy
Sep 01, 2009 Dorothy rated it liked it
Dr. James M. Robinson, noted Coptic scholar and editor of The Nag Hammadi Library, has written an interesting history of the discovery of The Gospel of Judas and the convoluted dealings of various antiquities dealers and scholars in handling it, sometimes mishandling it, and eventually bringing it to the attention of the public.

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
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Davidmcdonnell
The author, James M. Robinson, is primarily know as one of the specialists responsible for translating the Nag Hammadi gospels, a collection of early Christian texts discovered near the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945. Among these gospels are the gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalen, as well as others attributed to John, Paul, and other disciples not found in the New Testament. Apparently the early Church decided to include the gospels now know as the New Testament, but chose to leave man ...more
Abel C
Mar 21, 2008 Abel C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A better title for this book would have been Chasing the Secrets of Judas, as it is less a revelation of the contents of the recently translated "Gospel of Judas" than an account of the tricky politics and scandalous business that a modern-day treasure hunt entails. Robinson rides in the wake of The Da Vinci Code mania, eschewing the sensationalism surrounding both it and the translation of the "Gospel of Judas," though unapologetically benefiting from both. If you can get past that -as well as ...more
Katherine
Jul 31, 2011 Katherine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
No surprises in the content of the gospel, and none in the numerable theories regarding Judas' real purpose, but the actual acquisition of the gospel once again shows human beings at their greedy worst: "Over the decades [since its initial discovery], the manuscript had been handled with less than sympathetic care: some single pages may be loose on the antiquities market (one half page turned up in Feb. 2006, in New York City); the text is now in over a thousand pieces and fragments, and is beli ...more
Michele Lee
Review by Jason Lush

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
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Mike  Davis
Written prior to the National Geographic publication of the translated text of "The Gospel of Judas," this book outlines the questions still surrounding the mystery of Judas, and covers in exhaustive detail the acquisition and significance of this singular Coptic codex. It does not paint a rosy picture of the process during which significant deterioration took place. It also does not deal with the actual translated contents of the codex. It is nevertheless a valuable look at the discovery of yet ...more
Miles Fowler
The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and His Lost Gospel.

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
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Kristopher Swinson
In short, Irenaeus was right, so this is a waste of time other than insight into higher criticism’s fallacies and the eagerness with which heresies arise in attempts to lionize factual villains. Downright derogatory for its zeal to convert to any alternative model which can be proposed, and rife with the accolades of man as well as their quarrels. The belated statement on 176-177 is actually at variance with how he spent the first half of this book: “The Gospel of Judas is a second-century apocr ...more
Michelle victoria
Oct 08, 2007 Michelle victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satu buku yang sangat sulit untuk dimengerti... hampir mampus gw buat nyoba memahami isi ni buku... sampe sekarangpun gw blom selesai bacanya padahal dari natal 2006 kemaren:p

ni buku berhasil ngebuat gw pusing tujuh keliling, berhasil ngebolak-balik perasaan gw dari percaya sampe ngga percaya, dari ngga percaya sampe percaya lagi dst...

ni buku sama sekali bukan buat temen disaat lo lagi ngopi2 atau saat lo mau tidur..!! :)
Greg
May 04, 2009 Greg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry Bub, but this book was lousy! It wasn't even about anything! This is just a bunch of conjecture about a text the author had very little knowledge about at the time of the writing. This was published to capitalize on the sensationalism around the topic (of which the author himself is critical!). Not to mention, he uses way too many exclamation points, similar in nature to the one I just used. Don't waste your time.
Terry
Aug 23, 2016 Terry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Interesting from a pure informational vantage point. A shame the author felt it so necessary to point out rather pointedly, and repeatedly, every time he personally had done some research or uncovered some data, etc. Yes. We get it. You're the expert. Get on with it. Your name is on the book already. You're prerogative I guess but
Linda
Jul 08, 2016 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick read, but disappointing. I thought I was going to find out what the translation of the Gospel of Judas was. Instead it was about the buying and selling of the book and a rehashing about whether Judas is the worst person in history or the most in on the inner circle. Try another book if that is what your looking for because this one doesn't really give you anything.
Vanessa
Aug 24, 2010 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First part is an unconvincing opinion of how history could be misunderstanding meaning behind the role that Judas played as the betrayer of Jesus Christ. Then the bulk of the book is about the nag hamadi and other papyrus documents found in history, owners and bidding for the gospel of Judas, and the politics that play in to this. Kind of interesting, but not what I was expecting from the book.
LindaJ^
May 07, 2013 LindaJ^ rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to this book, thinking I was going to hear what was in the Gospel of Judas. Wrong. While this book provides some interesting information about how the Gospel of Judas came to light and who was preparing the translation, it's tone is that of a scorned scholar. The author spends more time establishing his bona fides than on the "secrets of Judas."
Christine
Apr 05, 2008 Christine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Disappointing. I expected more analysis of the actual document, especially by the editor of the Nag Hammadi Library, but got very little. The first half of the book seemed dedicated to pointing fingers over the shoddy treatment of the text by sellers. It was so argumentative that I lost some interest in what the author was saying.
Nathan
Oct 14, 2008 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was clearly written by a non-LDS author. Lots of philosophy's of men mingled with scripture. Most of his assertions were related to interesting, but irrelevant historical facts about the papyrus itself, and not insights into the life of Judas. Dissapointing overall.
P Freeman
Not to much about Judas, it's more about what scholars have to go through to get some manuscripts. If you are an aspiring scholar or archaeologist then this might be exciting for you. If you want to learn about Judas just read the first couple of chapters.
John
Jul 20, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1history, box14
The stor of the Lost Gospel and a new interpretation of this disciple
Anna Porter
Aug 20, 2008 Anna Porter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: Julie Della Penna
Shelves: read-2008
The topic of the book is fascinating, but would probably be better served as a history channel documentary or an afternoon lecture series.

Angel_sanctuary
May 25, 2008 Angel_sanctuary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ternyata buku ini hanya menceritakan perjalanan seorang kolektor mengejar kitab Judas. Saya kira membahas isi dari kitab ituh.
Ah saya kuciwa.....
Vivian
Mar 10, 2015 Vivian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Repetitive
Michel
Sep 09, 2008 Michel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eleole
Little new material, little info on the gospel.
Obviously written in a hurry (repetitions, disorganized, unpolished style).
Jason
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Jan 25, 2008
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James McConkey Robinson (born June 30, 1924) is Professor Emeritus of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. He is a member of the Jesus Seminar and arguably the most prominent Q and Nag Hammadi library scholar of the 20th century. He is also a major contributor to The International Q Project, acting as an editor for most of their publications. Particularly, he laid the gr ...more
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