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The Gospel of Judas

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

In My Opinion

This book was a Christmas present from my wife in 2006. I have read it twice and refer back to it on occasion.

As a fan of Ehrman and Meyer, I was delighted to see both embedded in this singular work. While as a conservative believer, I often find myself at odds wit...
This book was a Christmas present from my wife in 2006. I have read it twice and refer back to it on occasion.

As a fan of Ehrman and Meyer, I was delighted to see both embedded in this singular work. While as a conservative believer, I often find myself at odds with both writers, I really enjoy their intellectual approach to critical thinking and the resulting theories. I wish I was a smidgeon as knowledgeable as these two.

This book is akin to reading a tome where Hannibal Lecter turns out to be an undercover officer for the FBI. Quite a different turn of events. The Gospel of Judas is of the same ilk. While the traditional Judas is the betrayer of Jesus, this Judas is in on the inside loop from the beginning. And while this disturbs many, a close reading of the canonical NT reveals to me the same story. I have since early days, considered Judas's role as one of necessity and pre-formed prior to the arrest.

Many today dismiss the so-called Gnostic gospels as being a small fringe in the early church. Before we denote this fringe title to them we must bear in mind that a large percentage of modern archeological finds are of the Gnostic theme. Thereby it is quite possible they were more wide-spread than the Orthodox Church would have us believe. This is not to say they are right or wrong. It is just another one of those messy facts that we should include in our thinking.

Additional excellent reading is:

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (Plus),

The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon,

Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them),

Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture's Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ,

God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer

Greater Than You Think: A Theologian Answers the Atheists About God.

I hope you find this review helpful.

Michael L. Gooch

posted by M_L_Gooch_SPHR on July 3, 2009

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4 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Ridiculous fabrication

After reading this book I have found that it is, in its entirety, not true. It is allegedly a 'Hidden Gospel of the Holy Bible'. But to put it blankly, how can it be book of the Bible, when in Revelation it clearly says it is the last book and there are to be NO others...
After reading this book I have found that it is, in its entirety, not true. It is allegedly a 'Hidden Gospel of the Holy Bible'. But to put it blankly, how can it be book of the Bible, when in Revelation it clearly says it is the last book and there are to be NO others added or anything taken away from it. The Bible is the true account of God and his Son Jesus, there is no other. For the Bible was written by God himself, not by man.

posted by Anonymous on April 12, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    Ridiculous fabrication

    After reading this book I have found that it is, in its entirety, not true. It is allegedly a 'Hidden Gospel of the Holy Bible'. But to put it blankly, how can it be book of the Bible, when in Revelation it clearly says it is the last book and there are to be NO others added or anything taken away from it. The Bible is the true account of God and his Son Jesus, there is no other. For the Bible was written by God himself, not by man.

    4 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    I would rate it 0-Baloney

    Men would rather believe a lie than God. People prefer to be descendents of monkeys than to believe that God created man. Read the bible and ask God to make you understand and forget about believing what somebody else says.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    Gods true believer

    Jesus does not have to ask no one to betray him its not even in the bible were Jesus ask him that, all things are preordained so it was just meant to be. Judas was not a villan nor a hero he was just an instrument in Gods plan. so what was the meaning of him hanging himself upside down if he was doing the Fathers work come on people lets not fall for every word and document, and thats Gods word

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    Let us not be so easily fooled

    This book cannot be taken seriously. If it were left out of the Bible, it was left out for a divine reason. The Bible tells us in Revelation that there were no books left out. If the Bible is God's word, this is the truth. Furthermore, if you feel like the bible was constructed and edited based purely on the decisions of man, then you must have a poor idea of the Power and Omnipotence of God. Of course if He were making a book to tell us about Himself and instruct us in our lives he would have complete control over ever single word down to the very last charecter in the book! Christians do not be fooled, read the book if you want to but read carefully. And keep in mind that if you accept that this book is legitimate and ought to have been in the Bible, then you do not believe in the God described in that Bible, and you really have no idea what God you are serving.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    Fabrication

    This 'Gospel of Judas' wasn't just 'discovered' somewhere in a cave, it's a work of fiction entirely. Read it with a grain of salt because it desperately needs it. The early Church fathers aren't the ones who decided what books to include in the Bible and which ones to omit---no, it was the Holy Spirit through these men that ultimately decided that course. This is the way of God.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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