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Interest in the Gospel of Judas was sparked in early 2006 with the National Geographic Society's preliminary translation of the newly discovered text, which appeared to show that Judas was Jesus's hero and friend, not his betrayer. Meyer (Chapman Univ.), a highly respected scholar of Gnosticism, presents yet another book on Judas. The advantages of this one include a fresh (if tentative) translation of the gospel, a comparison among conflicting references to Judas in the New Testament, references to traitors and the betrayed in the Hebrew Scriptures and other ancient texts, a long list of Gnostic texts mentioning Judas, and translations of other relevant documents. The bounty of material Meyer here excerpts-chiefly and in addition to the gospel, the Gnostic texts Dialogue of the Savior, The Concept of Our Great Power, and Round Dance of the Cross-shows readers that, indeed, early Christianity engaged a wide variety of ideas and stories. Recommended for all libraries.
—James A. Overbeck