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The Gospel of Judas, Second Edition (original 2006; edition 2008)

by Rodolphe Kasser (Editor), Marvin Meyer (Editor), Gregor Wurst (Editor), Francois Gaudard (Contributor)

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Title:The Gospel of Judas, Second Edition
Authors:Rodolphe Kasser
Other authors:Marvin Meyer (Editor), Gregor Wurst (Editor), Francois Gaudard (Contributor)
Info:National Geographic (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 224 pages
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The Gospel of Judas by Rodolphe Kasser (Editor) (2006)

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It's only fair to read his side of the story, isn't it? After all, he did exactly as he was supposed to do, but obviously he'd have a different take. Parts are missing, which isn't surprising, and it's certainly controversial. Nevertheless, one should at least read it before rending any judgement on the man. ( )
  Michael_Rose | Mar 15, 2018 |
A translation of the "Gospel of Judas" manuscript, with notable contextual essays by Kasser, Ehrman, Wurst, and Meyer. Like the companion volume this one seemed a bit rushed into print, but Kasser's essay in particular provides a succinct account of the manuscript's handling and mishandling over time. ( )
  JBD1 | Dec 30, 2016 |
A collection of papers, including the translated gospel known as the Gospel of Judas. Following the translation, biblical scholars discuss what we learned from the gospel, and how it fits into the group of religious practices lumped together under the term 'gnostic'. These writers posit that The Gospel of Judas is a work of the Sethian gnostics, and explain the basics of this particular believe system. Judas here is seen as a heroic figure, one who released Jesus from his earthly prison to return to his home among the divine. The book is well written, with only a minimum of jargon, so it is accessible by lay readers who don't have a graduate degree in theology. The chapter that discusses the finding of the gospel, and the subsequent abuse it went through that rendered it much less readable, is an interesting look at the practice of antiquarians, but adds little to the theological discussion; still, in this context, it is interesting to see how they are attempting to preserve what is left of this ancient document, and where they believe it came from. Other papers discuss the theology of the gospel, and contrast it to the theological views that came to be termed orthodox. This gospel was not a totally unknown entity prior to its discovery, having been mentioned in the works of Irenaeus, but now the authors compare what Irenaeus said in his work Against Heresies and the actual document. At least one of the authors concludes that this document is likely the same document Irenaeus was speaking against; this has helped them put a second century date on the writing, though the papyrus itself dates from sometime around the fourth century. Overall, an interesting work, and a relatively easy read. ( )
1 vote Devil_llama | Jul 24, 2016 |
Jury definitely still out on this one ..... ( )
  GinnyBelveal | Dec 8, 2013 |
The Gospel of Judas, by its very name, sounds dangerous and heretical. What could the arch-traitor of history teach us?

Well, there isn't too much. To be fair, the text was in horrible condition when it was finally in the hands of researchers, and it took an astonishing effort to put the thing back together. There are still many gaps in the text, and a lot is speculation. But what remains is tantalizing, and makes you want more.

The book, some 50 incomplete verses in 40 pages provide a brief portrait of Gnosticism. Here's how the story goes: Judas, the one of the twelve disciples, was ordered by Jesus to 'betray' and kill him. Christ tells him some of the secrets of Holy and Secret Wisdom, mainly that:

1) the creator of the earth is not good, and not all-powerful.
2) That all creation is imperfect and inherently leading to suffering
3) Through death we might be separated from the imperfect physical bodies and move to a more perfect spiritual existence

Sounds a lot like some Eastern philosophies rather than the Christianity we know. No wonder books like these were suppressed! Such teaching is anti-authority, and criticizes institutions and churches for perverting Christianity.

The essays are a very useful addition and should not be passed over.

An fascinating start, but more study is needed. ( )
1 vote HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kasser, RodolpheEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Judas Gospel Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Meyer, Marvin W.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Wurst, GregorEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ehrman, Bart D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaudard, FrançoisTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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When the bound papyrus pages of this lost gospel finally reached scholars who could unlock its meaning, they were astounded. Here was a gospel that had not been seen since the early days of Christianity, and which few experts had even thought existed--a gospel told from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, history's ultimate traitor. And far from being a villain, the Judas that emerges in its pages is a hero. In this radical reinterpretation, Jesus asks Judas to betray him. In contrast to the New Testament Gospels, Judas Iscariot is presented as a role model for all those who wish to be disciples of Jesus. He is the one apostle who truly understands Jesus. This volume is the first publication of the remarkable gospel since it was condemned as heresy by early Church leaders, most notably by St. Irenaeus, in 180.--From publisher description.… (more)

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