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The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  298 ratings  ·  60 reviews
"The very name of 'Judas' raises among Christians an instinctive reaction of criticism and condemnation…The betrayal of Judas remains…a mystery."
--Pope Benedict XVI, October 2006





The Gospel According to Judas, by Benjamin Iscariot sheds new light on the the mystery of Judas--including his motives for the betrayal and what happened to him after the crucifixion--by retelling
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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2007)
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Louis
I listened to the book on CD version of this title. At first, it took some getting used to the particular accent of Desmond Tutu, the narrator. But I would say that after a minute or two I had adjusted to his cadences and diction. In fact, by the end of this book, I would say that he was the perfect narrator. He brought life to the story and the characters.

I was raised in a Christian tradition and am familiar with the Bible's content and teaching. It was fascinating to see this take on both Chr
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Terynce
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Monty
I was extremely disappointed in this two hour book on tape. Most of the book quoted from the other gospels. The only new information I was able to gleen from this work of fiction is that Judas had conspired with a scribe to whisk Jesus to a safe place because Judas didn't want Jesus to get killed. But the scribe was working for the Romans and betrayed Judas. Also, Judas did not believe that Jesus was the messiah but honored him as being a man of God. After Jesus was crucified, Judas was shunned ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Shortly after I bought "My Name is Judas" by C.K. Stead, I saw this reviewed, and added it to my Waiting-to-Read list. So when I saw it at a book stall recently I grabbed it. It's totally different to Stead's novel.

While this is also fictionalised, it's written in the same form as the four gospels in the Bible. That's very clever. Archer has cross-referenced it in the same style that they are done as well, so it has the same appearance throughout as a Biblical text. I can't say that made it any
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Devero
Questo non è propriamente un romano, ma nemmeno un saggio. Si tratta, come dicono gli autori, di un tentativo di scrittura per cercare di ricostruire come sarebbe stato un Vangelo scritto dall’Iscariota. Le basi sono i testi canonici dei quattro Evangelisti, nonché ciò che sappiamo da altri autori di quell’epoca tra cui Flavio Giuseppe. Giuda è descritto come profondamente tradizionalista e le sue azioni motivate in base a ciò. Si segue l’ipotesi che il suo suicidio descritto da Matteo non sia a ...more
Susie
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Kris
An interesting treatment of the idea that perhaps Judas was not the betrayer that history portrays him as. The concept is that, as Jesus and the apostles approached Jerusalem, Judas feared for Christ's safety and made plans with a Jewish official to have Jesus spirited out of the city; however, the official was actually part of the group of Jewish leaders who were planning Jesus' death. Judas was used as a scapegoat and was identified to Jesus' followers as the man who had given him up to author ...more
Lars Jensen
Bestsellerforfatteren Jeffrey Archer har skrevet en fri gendigtning af Judasevangeliet i et troværdigt leje i samarbejde med den katolske teolog, Francis Maloney.
Judas får her lov til at forklare sig. Han mente, at Jesus var en stor profet men ikke Messias. Judas blev ført bag lyset af en skriftklog, så det kom til at se ud som om Judas havde forrådt Jesus. Hans plan var at frelse Jesus, så han kunne have fortsat sit profetvirke.
Historien er nedskrevet af Judas' fiktive søn Benjamin Iskariot. Ju
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Edie Light
I listened to the audio version read by Desmond Tutu. Because I saw him speak in person and truly felt the power of God with him, I was interested to see what me may read. I enjoyed the book very much. I think it's always interesting to get another take on what could have happened up to the crucifixion. Bearing in mind the scriptures have been revised numerous times by man, who is to say the current New Testament account is accurate? It would be an interesting discussion.
Jen
Oct 18, 2013 Jen marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
I made it chapter 12, the turning to Jerusalem, before I had to give the CDs back to the library. I may get it back one day; I like the measured cadence of the archbishop's reading, and I don't know that I would really want to go through this book in print, which is rare for me.
While it's kind of interesting, I find it irksome that one of the main selling points of the book is that it's so good at "maintaining an authenticity that would be credible to a first-century Christian or Jew." Well, du
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Martha Zachlin
I listened to this book on CD. It was read by Nelson Mandella. It was very interesting. Parts parallelled the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Judas really believed that Jesus was the Messiah at first. However he thought that meant that Jesus was going to claim the throne in Jerusalem and drive out the Romans. When Jesus said he was going to die, Judas was horrified. He thought is he told the Jewish authorities where Jesus was they would make Jesus go back to Gallilee and he would not b ...more
Theresa
Maybe 2.5 stars. "Fictionalized" retelling of the Gospel story supposedly based on some research. It presents Judas as less diabolical and contends that he did not kill himself after being duped into the betrayal of Jesus.
Fred Kohn
Ugh!! I've known about this book for some time but didn't consider reading it until I saw that Desmond Tutu narrated the audio version. Well, if it's good enough for Desmond Tutu, it should be good enough for me, right? Wrong! I was quite disappointed. Basically just a hodgepodge of fragments grabbed from the various canonical gospels without particular rhyme or reason and the character of Judas transformed from an evil betrayer to a well-meaning but not very smart dupe of the Sadducees. The onl ...more
Raegan Rocco
This was an excellent little book...a morsel to encourage contemplating how mankind so easily needs to find someone to "blame" when bad things happen. I've always felt Judas has been such a misunderstood man. He was a devout Jew....I do believe that he was possibly set up to take the fall as the guy that gave Christ to be crufified...was this really the case? After reading a number of non-fiction books about this issue, this little book gave me a refreshing look at a possible scenario that devel ...more
Artguy
What I am left wanting to know is... just how much of this is based on actual ancient texts and how much is total supposition? The authors are completely vague on this point. I know there have been other "Gospel of Judas" books published with similar claims that they are gleaned from ancient texts. So what is the truth? This one caught my eye because they had Archbishop Desmond Tutu read it, which seems to be a huge testament to its validity. Surprisingly, it spends a lot of time discussing why ...more
Deborah Foulkes
I have a huge interest in anything biblical and Judas for me has always been intriguing, due to my own personal beliefs. This Gospel, though fictional, strangely adds an element of truth to the story of Jesus. You feel that you can understand him and Judas on a more human level rather than a patriarchal figurehead that cannot be touched. I am not a big fan of Jeffery Archer, but his input in this has surprised me.
I strongly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the topic and also for
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Kathryn
This literary extension to the gospels tells the story of the life of Jesus from his disciple Judas Iscariot's perspective (as retold by Judas' son). The book shares the growth in faith of one disciple, his mistaken belief that Jesus is the earthly Messiah. It is hoped that this man would lead the Jews in an overthrowing of the Roman occupation. The book surmises reasons for Judas' actions at the end of Jesus' life that will get the critical Christian thinking... I heard this as an audio book wi ...more
Ted
This is not exactly what I expected, but was still interesting. The first half of the book just basically copies and pastes stories from the gospels, with a very slight point of view. The 2nd half posits a different theory about Judas that I did actually find pretty compelling. Judas becomes a Lucifer-like figure, whose love for Jesus overpowers all else, and the "betrayal" is actually a set-up by a scribe, with Judas thinking it could save Jesus' life. The audiobook was read by Desmond Tutu, wh ...more
Petra
This doesn't sound like a story told by the son but as a retelling of the gospels. Judas is referred to as "Judas", never "my father" or any other form of closeness. The audio is being read by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an interesting choice of narrator, but the reading is very dry.

I'm glad this was a very short book. There is no story here and the retelling of the story of Jesus and Judas is dull and uninspiring. Only the final chapter is different from the Gospels. And it is nothing to get exci
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Cyndi
This was supposed to be written from the perspective of Judas' son, Benjamin trying to defend the honor of his father. I enjoyed the re-telling of Jesus' miracles but when it got to where Judas was doubting Jesus based upon prophecies he obviously did not understand I felt irritated. Judas is concerned with the physical elements and misses out on the spiritual promptings, lacking faith that closes off the miracles for him. The writing was not great but the novella does not require a lot of time.
Carol Waters
No Judas, no Christianity. It's that simple. If Christ wasn't resurrected, the whole thing falls apart. The important thing to rememeber is that Judas believed that he did the right thing, absoultely believed it, in this little lesson book. If Jesus made it to 80 and died of old age, would the faith have developed as it did? "Um, that part that was prophisized about my dying for your sins? Never mind......" Jesus was not always a good Jew, judas held him accountable for that, and the rest is wha ...more
Radhika
Jul 09, 2008 Radhika rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
I had expected a rollicking story ala Archer but this one was a disappointment. It is written in the style of a gospel and quotes the known gospels a lot but the story isn't really all that ground shaking or attention grabbing though perhaps it could have been if the author had not tried to stick to this format or had the help of a biblical specialist. As it is, the story seemed mundane and watered down and almost clinical. The one star reflects not a bad book but one which seems irrelevant.
Melanie
Theology/history vetted by Francis J. Moloney, a Catholic priest, and audio version read by Archbishop Desmond Tutu- an interesting confluence of collaborations. The life and death of Jesus through the eyes of Judas, a sincere Jew who had longed for the Messiah to deliver his people but lost faith in the Nazarene. Judas is used by the Pharisees to obtain Jesus' condemnation; disillusioned, he leaves Jerusalem after the crucifixion and joins the Essenes.





Coleen
3/18/10 - Not terribly impressed with this one. The writing is relatively flat & the majority of Judas' "story" is just a recount of the events told in the other gospels. As a refresher of Jesus' life, this may fit the bill, but there's nothing spectacular about the writing. The ending offers another possible interpretation of Judas post-crucifixion, which may or may not be plausible, but that in itself wasn't enough to make this book memorable for me.
Kani
I listened to this book and loved that it was Archbishop Desmond Tutu who was the reader. Seemed to give the story more authenticity; which was also supplied by the co-author's scholarly rather than literary background. The story filled in some blanks for me and gave a sequence to the events I grew up with in story and song. Excellent premise, well researched and suspensefully written!
Dionna Johnson
Wow a totally different view and story on Judas Iscariot. Very interesting.
Rachel
Just about anybody Christian, or raised Christian, should probably read this exhaustively researched piece of fiction. It's just unfortunate, I think, that a work of fiction had to do clarify a truth that the Church should not have twisted to begin with. It does not make any sense what-so-ever, that any Apostle of Christ would have been his known enemy.
Casta
I "read" the Audio CD version of this book, and enjoyed it. It was narrated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which lent an interesting air to the entire work. I enjoyed the book, and found it to present an intriguing (and plausible, which was among the authors' goals) story that both adds to and enhances Biblical history.
Paul
Jun 14, 2010 Paul rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Curious Catholics not easily offended
Recommended to Paul by: No one
This self-proclaimed 'story' is a short alternative 'gospel' of the teachings and death of Jesus Christ, written as if told by Judas Iscariot to his alleged son Benjamin. In the end, the story focuses on Judas' participation in the betrayal leading to Jesus' death, with the claim that Judas was innocent of any bad intent.
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married
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