The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says

Overview

In 2006 National Geographic released the first English translation of the Gospel of Judas, a second-century text discovered in Egypt in the 1970s. The translation caused a sensation because it seemed to overturn the popular image of Judas the betrayer and instead presented a benevolent Judas who was a friend of Jesus.

In the Thirteenth Apostle April DeConick offers a new translation of the Gospel of Judas which seriously questions the National ...

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Overview

In 2006 National Geographic released the first English translation of the Gospel of Judas, a second-century text discovered in Egypt in the 1970s. The translation caused a sensation because it seemed to overturn the popular image of Judas the betrayer and instead presented a benevolent Judas who was a friend of Jesus.

In the Thirteenth Apostle April DeConick offers a new translation of the Gospel of Judas which seriously questions the National Geographic interpretation of a good Judas.

The first book to challenge the National Geographic version of the Gospel of Judas. The Thirteenth Apostle has inspired fresh debate around this most infamous of biblical figures.

This fully revised and updated paperback edition includes two new chapters, 'Judas the Star' and 'The Magical Judas', and a substantial new preface which reflects upon the controversial critical and popular reception of The Thirteenth Apostle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826499646
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

April D. DeConick is the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University (Houston, Texas). She specializes in early Christian history and theology, noncanonical Gospels, and gnostic and mystical traditions. Her books include Seek to See Him: Ascent and Vision Mysticism in the Gospel of Thomas (1996); Voices of the Mystics: Early Christian Discourse in the Gospels of John and Thomas and Other Ancient Christian Literature (Sheffield Academic, 2001); Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas: A History of the Gospel and Its Growth (T. &T. Clark, 2005); and The Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation, with Commentary and New English Translation of the Complete Gospel (T. &T. Clark, 2006) and The Thirteenth Apostle: what the Gospel of Judas really says (Continuum, 2007). She has also edited the collection of papers, Paradise Now: Essays on Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism (SBL, 2006).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Timeline xiv

Preface to the Revised Edition xvii

Preface to the First Edition xviii

Part 1 An Unfamiliar Story

Chapter 1 The Silenced Voice 3

Chapter 2 A Gnostic Catechism 26

Part 2 Translation Matters

Chapter 3 A Mistaken Gospel 49

Chapter 4 The Gospel of Judas in English Translation 67

Part 3 Good Old Judas?

Chapter 5 Judas the Confessor 100

Chapter 6 Judas the Demon 117

Chapter 7 Judas the Sacrificer 134

Chapter 8 Judas the Star 149

Chapter 9 The Magical Judas 172

Chapter 10 An Ancient Gnostic Parody 191

Epilogue 199

Appendix 1 Further Reading 206

Appendix 2 A Synopsis of Sethian Gnostic Literature 218

Appendix 3 Testimony from the Church Fathers on the Gospel of Judas 225

Appendix 4 Q&A with April DeConick 229

Notes 234

Index of Authors 250

Index of References 252

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

    Another translator tries her hand at the Gospel of Judas----

    I found this writer to be very determined to make her case against the National Geographic experts who had a very different interpretation of the Gospel of Judas, but I was certainly not convinced that her view is correct.
    When I e-mailed her at her university with one simple question about her translation of one word in the Gospel, months later I have no response. I had seen her on The Naked Archaeologist TV show and was intrigued to check out the book.

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