The Gospels of Judas: The Definitive Collection of Gospels and Legends about the Infamous Apostle of Jesus  -     By: Marvin Meyer
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The Gospels of Judas: The Definitive Collection of Gospels and Legends about the Infamous Apostle of Jesus

HarperOne / 2007 / Hardcover

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Condemned as heresy and hidden in a cave for centuries, the Gospel of Judas shocked the modern Christian community with its portrayal of Judas as a hero instead of a villain. Accompanied by commentary explaining its history, this lucid translation from the Coptic raises thought-provoking questions about how the early church saw Jesus and his message. 192 pages, hardcover from HarperCollins.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0061348309
ISBN-13: 9780061348303
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Judas Iscariot has been demonized as the quintessential traitor, the disciple who betrayed his master for the infamous thirty pieces of silver. But the recent sensational discovery and publication of the long lost Gospel of Judas, with its remarkable portrayal of Judas Iscariot as the disciple closest to Jesus, raises serious new questions. Was Judas the only member of the Twelve who truly understood Jesus? Did Jesus secretly collaborate with Judas to set in motion the series of events that would redeem all of humankind? In search of answers, Marvin Meyer, one of the world's leading experts on the Gospel of Judas presents a collection of the earliest accounts of Judas, which together paint a fuller portrait of this most enigmatic disciple.

This book presents the essential texts that deal with the figure of Judas, including New Testament writings, Gnostic documents, and other early and later Christian literature. These are the earliest known testimonies about Judas and include selections from the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, the Acts of the Apostles, and relevant passages from Paul. The centerpiece of the book is the Gospel of Judas, followed by excerpts from three other Gnostic texts—the Dialogue of the Savior, the Concept of Our Great Power, and the "Round Dance of the Cross"—which may shed new light on the figure of Judas. A series of additional writings on Judas produced over the centuries provide glimpses of the vilification of Judas and the emergence of anti-Semitic themes.

Meyer offers evidence of traitors before Judas—the Genesis story of Joseph's brothers who sold him into slavery, the duplicitous friend of the poet in Psalm 41, and Melanthius the goatherd in Homer's Odyssey—all of which raise the question of whether the story of Judas Iscariot could be simply a piece of religious fiction derived from earlier stories.

Judas provides a rich collection of original sources that tell the story of Christianity's most infamous figure, offering the fullest understanding of Judas Iscariot's undeniable importance in the climax of Jesus's life.

Author Bio

Marvin Meyer is one of the foremost scholars on early Christianity and texts about Jesus outside the New Testament. He is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California. Among his recent books are The Gospel of Judas, The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus, The Gospels of Mary, The Gospel of Thomas, and The Nag Hammadi Scriptures.

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    I enjoyed reading the Gospels of Judas because it answered some questions that me and my sister had concerns about. It is hard for me to read a book in it's enitety, but this kept be interested. Marvin Meyer did a good job explaining what could have happened to Judas.
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