The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says

The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says

by April D. DeConick
     
 

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826499646
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
02/19/2008
Edition description:
Older Edition
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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