The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and His Lost Gospel

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Religion - 272 pages
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The discovery of a previously lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot has electrified the Christian community. What Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell us about Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, is inconsistent and biased. Therefore, the revelation of an ancient gospel that portrays this despised man as someone who saw his role in the Passion of Christ as integral to a larger plan—a divine plan—brings new clarity to the old story. If Judas had not betrayed Jesus, Jesus would not have been handed over to the authorities, crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. Could it be that without Judas, the Easter miracle would never have happened?

In The Secrets of Judas, James M. Robinson, an expert historian of early Christianity, examines the Bible and other ancient texts and reveals what we can and cannot know about the life of the historical Judas, his role in Jesus's crucifixion, and whether the Christian church should reevaluate his intentions and possible innocence. Robinson tells the sensational story of the discovery of a gospel attributed to Judas, and shows how this affects Judas's newfound meaning for history and for the Christian faith.

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User Review  - LeaderElliott - LibraryThing

The 'Secrets of Judas' is of specialist interest to scholars who may be interested in the shady history of double dealing over a period of more than 20 years that eventually resulted in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

This work by a petulant scholar spends more than half the book going into gory, repetitive detail about the dirty dealings of the people who acquired and translated the Gospel of Judas (not him). The ... Read full review

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James M. Robinson, consultant for this collection, is widely known for his groundbreaking contribution as the permanent secretary of UNESCO's International Committee for the Nag Hammadi codices, and his many published works on Gnostic texts and the Sayings Gospel Q.

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