Judas and the Gospel of Jesus : have we missed the truth about Christianity? /
Tom Wright.
Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Books, c2006.
155 p. ; 21 cm.
0801012945 (cloth), 9780801012945 (cloth)
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Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Books, c2006.
0801012945 (cloth)
9780801012945 (cloth)
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Not another new Gospel? -- Second-century gnosticism -- The Judas of faith and the Iscariot of history -- When is a Gospel not a Gospel? -- Lord of the world or escaper from the world? -- Spinning Judas : the new myth of Christian origins -- The challenge of "Judas" for today.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-12-01:
Biblical scholar Wright (bishop of Durham, Church of England; Jesus and the Victory of God) has written both a polemical book about the recently publicized Gospel of Judas and an apologetic book about his personal understanding of the New Testament. Much of the text deals with commonly held ideas of old-line Christianity, addressing far too little the actual Gospel of Judas, which contradicts Wright's own views-namely, that Judas did betray Jesus and was not his compatriot, as this noncanonical Gospel maintains. Wright recognizes that the Gospel of Judas is a Gnostic text and characterizes Gnosticism as opposed to the created world, open to secret wisdom, and in denial about the Resurrection of Jesus. Yet a quick look at the canonical Gospel of Mark will reveal that the disciples were told to keep messianic secrets and that they should deny this world; Mark ends with no mention of the Resurrection. Wright also is excessively critical of contemporary scholars who have done much solid research on Gnostic texts. Readers would do better with the books of Elaine Pagels, especially her Gnostic Gospels, as well as The Gospel of Judas itself, edited by Rodolphe Kasser and others and released in 2006. Not recommended.-James Overbeck, Atlanta-Fulton P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 9
Not Another New Gospel?p. 17
Second-Century Gnosticismp. 29
The Judas of Faith and the Iscariot of Historyp. 43
When Is a Gospel Not a Gospel?p. 63
Lord of the World or Escaper from the World?p. 85
Spinning Judas: The New Myth of Christian Originsp. 109
The Challenge of "Judas" for Todayp. 137
Notesp. 147
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