Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of by Elaine

By Elaine

The top, bestselling specialists at the Gnostic Gospels weigh in at the that means of the debatable newly came upon Gospel of Judas

whilst the Gospel of Judas was once released through the nationwide Geographic Society in April 2006, it got remarkable media recognition and used to be instantly heralded as an important biblical discovery that rocked the area of students and laypeople alike. Elaine Pagels and Karen King are the 1st to mirror in this newfound textual content and its ramifications for telling the tale of early Christianity. In Reading Judas, the 2 celebrated students illustrate how the newly found textual content offers a window onto realizing how Jesus’ fans understood his dying, why Judas betrayed Jesus, and why God allowed it.

such a lot modern readers will locate passages within the old Gospel of Judas tough to understand outdoors of its context within the historical global. Reading Judas illuminates the highbrow assumptions in the back of Jesus’ instructing to Judas and indicates how clash one of the disciples used to be a device usually utilized by early Christian authors to discover issues of doubt and confrontation. provided with the attractiveness, perception, and accessibility that has made Pagels and King the prime voices during this box, it is a ebook for lecturers and renowned viewers either. Pagels’s 5 prior books, together with The big apple Times bestseller Beyond Belief, and King’s The Gospel of Mary of Magdala turn out that there's a significant viewers longing for this type of proficient and interesting writing.

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So when he came, he went up to (Jesus) at once and said, Judas: Betrayer or Favored Disciple? ” and kissed him. Then they laid hands on him and arrested him (Mark 14:44–46). The author of the Gospel of Matthew must have been powerfully impressed with the Gospel of Mark, since he took it up, changing only a few details, expanded it with other sayings attributed to Jesus, and added some stories not known elsewhere, to make a new version. When we look at the additions and changes he made, we can see that the authority that mattered above all to the writer we call Matthew was that of his Scriptures, namely, the Hebrew Bible.

What could it mean to proclaim that Jesus not only was but still is God’s anointed king when the gospel admits that he fell, helpless, into Roman hands to be tortured and killed, abandoned by everyone, and even, as Jesus himself cried out as he died, abandoned by God (Mark 15:34)? How could the story the author tells possibly be what his opening words led the hearer to expect—“the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1)? 13 What the Gospel of Mark offers here is much more than simple narrative history: The author calls it “gospel”—preaching—set forth in the form of interpretive narrative in order to convey spiritual meaning.

Each gospel, then, retells Jesus’s death as a way to emphasize the theological points the author wants to make: For the Gospel of Mark, that it was necessary for God’s messiah to suffer and die in order to usher in the kingdom of God and the final end of all Judas: Betrayer or Favored Disciple? 31 things. The Gospel of Matthew argues that everything that happened was part of God’s plan, even when Judas acted out of that most human of faults—greed. For the Gospel of Luke, that Jesus is depicted as utterly in control, even of Satan himself, who enters Judas in order to bring God’s plan to completion.

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