Not to be confused with the historic Gospel of Judas(2006, National Geographic), this is a novella by "Benjamin Iscariot"-a fictionalized son of Judas who is eager to rehabilitate his father's reputation. This collaboration between novelist Archer and Roman Catholic theologian Moloney changes a few things from the traditional story, e.g., refuting the notion that Judas committed suicide and attributing his betrayal of Jesus to the altruistic motive of trying to save his master's life. But surprisingly, this fictionalized gospel doesn't have enough fiction; it hews so closely to the chronology and cadence of the New Testament that character development suffers. And although the gospel adds some meticulously researched historical background, helping readers understand the context of first-century Judaism, other features that are prominent in the New Testament record-particularly miracles, healings, and the resurrection-are almost nonexistent. Desmond Tutu's voice is marvelous in the narration, his lilting South African cadence breathing life into a disappointingly staid text. The final disc includes a brief video interview with Tutu and several minutes of footage of him in the recording studio. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover. (Apr.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Gospel According to Judas, by Benjamin Iscariotby Jeffrey Archer, Francis J. Moloney
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 the story of Jesus through the eyes of Judas, using the canonical texts as its basic point of reference. Ostensibly written by Judas’s son, Benjamin, and following the narrative style of the Gospels, this re-creation is provocative, compelling, and controversial.
The Gospel According to Judas, by Benjamin Iscariot is the result of an intense collaboration between a storyteller and a scholar: Jeffrey Archer and Francis J. Moloney. Their brilliant work--bold and simple--is a compelling story for twenty-first-century readers, while maintaining an authenticity that would be credible to a first-century Christian or Jew.
Praise for The Gospel According to Judas:
"Riveting and plausible."
--Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Praise for Jeffrey Archer
"One of the top ten storytellers in the world."
--Los Angeles Times
"There isn't a better storyteller alive."
"Archer is a master entertainer."
"Cunning plots, silken style . . . Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader."
--The New York Times
"A storyteller in the class of Alexander Dumas. . . Unsurpassed skill…making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next."
--The Washington Post
"Archer plots with skill and keeps you turning the pages."
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Meet the Author
Jeffrey Archer is an internationally bestselling writer whose books have sold more than 125 million copies worldwide. Prof. Francis J. Moloney is a widely respected scholar, educator, and priest, and the author of 36 books both scholarly and popular, many of which are about the gospel.
- London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester
- Date of Birth:
- April 15, 1940
- Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute
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I enjoyed the perspective provided by the authors. It doesn't alter, in my mind, Judas' reputation.
I found this book to be written very well, in that it is put together like it is an actual Gospel and does use Gospel passages throughout it. It seems to be a deeper look into the mind of Judas. I found myself coming away with deeper faith and a new outlook of Judas. If you have ever questioned your beliefs about Judas or have an open mind, you will find this to be an excellent read.