The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayedby Bart D Ehrman
A leading historian of the early church and the best-selling author of Misquoting Jesus, Bart Ehrman offers the first comprehensive account of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas, revealing what this legendary lost gospel contains and why it is so important for our understanding of Christianity. Ehrman recounts the fascinating story of where and how this ancient… See more details below
A leading historian of the early church and the best-selling author of Misquoting Jesus, Bart Ehrman offers the first comprehensive account of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas, revealing what this legendary lost gospel contains and why it is so important for our understanding of Christianity. Ehrman recounts the fascinating story of where and how this ancient papyrus document was discovered, how it moved around among antiquities dealers in Egypt, the United States, and Switzerland, and how it came to be restored and translated. More important, Ehrman gives the reader a complete and clear account of what the book teaches and he shows how it relates to other Gospel textsboth those inside the New Testament and those outside of it, most notably, the Gnostic texts of early Christianity. Finally, he describes what we now can say about the historical Judas himself as well as his relationship with Jesus, suggesting that one needs to read between the lines of the early Gospels to see exactly what Judas did and why he did it. The Gospel of Judas presents an entirely new view of Jesus, his disciples, and the man who allegedly betrayed him. It raises many questions and Bart Ehrman provides illuminating and authoritative answers, in a book that will interest anyone curious about the New Testament, the life of Jesus, and the history of Christianity after his death.
"A must for those interested in the subject of early Christianity, this volume will also attract readers intrigued by all the hoopla arising from the discovery of the lost Gospel."
"In typically brilliant fashion, Ehrman tells the lively tale of the modern discovery of the Gospel of Judas and its significance for us today."
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Ehrman takes on the recently re-discovered lost Gospel of Judas and what the real meaning is for this find. The story of how this ancient text came to light is almost as interesting as the text itself. Ehrman gives a brief overview of that find- secret dealings, shady antiquities dealers (and buyers), selling an ancient text in the black market and the like. Makes you wonder if some of Indiana Jones isn't that far off from the truth regarding the world of antiquities. The main study however, is Ehrman's view on what the Gospel of Judas really means. Any reader needs to remember that this is not an attack on the church or that Ehrman thinks this should be in the Bible (or even that the events are true). What is more important is the Gnostic views it presents, and how this text can give a greater understanding of how some peoples views greatly differed from the "orthodox" church of the time. Ehrman himself is a very accessible writer and the style is clear and concise. A fun read.
The shopper needs to be aware that while Bart Ehrman is a top notch christian scholar and writer, his personal beliefs are that of atheism. If that confuses you, don't feel bad; you are not alone.