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Judas: Images of the Lost Disciple

Judas: Images of the Lost Disciple

by Kim Paffenroth
     
 

Judas: Images of the Lost Disciple traces the development of the stories about the most famous traitor in the history of Western Civilization. Its purpose is not to find the Judas of history, but rather to provide readers with a map that shows the similarities and connections between generations of Judas's story. Judas has been portrayed as an effete

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Judas: Images of the Lost Disciple traces the development of the stories about the most famous traitor in the history of Western Civilization. Its purpose is not to find the Judas of history, but rather to provide readers with a map that shows the similarities and connections between generations of Judas's story. Judas has been portrayed as an effete intellectual, a jealous lover, a greedy scoundrel, a misguided patriot, a doomed hero, a man destroyed by despair, or God's special, misunderstood messenger and agent. Judas means as many different things to us as does Jesus or God. The enigma of Judas's story in the Gospels left later literature and legend with a creative challenge they richly answered, and which is presented here: to write the real story of the worst villain of all time.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Judas is a name that lives in infamy: very few have not at least heard his name as a byword for betrayal, and our other images (suicide, or perhaps Dante's vision of his eternal punishment) are scarcely more pleasant. Scholar Paffenroth's work, while not a rehabilitation, adds considerably to this store of images. Effectively a comparative literary study, it tours us gracefully through historical fiction, poetry, drama, belles-lettres, and theology, revealing Judas as a mirror of the anxieties of every age. Highly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664224240
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Kim Paffenroth is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He is the author of The Story of Jesus according to L and the coeditor of Augustine and Liberal Education.

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