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Judas and the Gospel of Jesus: Have We Missed the Truth about Christianity? Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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NT Wright is one of our most prolific New Testament scholars. It seems just a few months ago the media broke the story about the discovery of the so-called Gospel of Judas. And here we have a major critique of the find and the claims surrounding it.
The gospel was in fact discovered three decades ago, but for various reasons, was only made public in April of 2006. The media made much of it, and it tied in nicely with the film release of the Da Vinci Code. Both were over-hyped and cast aspersions on the canonical gospels and the real Jesus. And both fed into conspiratorial claims about church cover-ups and the need to reinvent Christianity.
Here Wright takes on the hype and the search for an "alternative Jesus". He demonstrates that this new find offers very little to our understanding of Jesus, and shows how far apart Gnostic teaching is from biblical truth claims.
The document in question, a Gnostic gospel, is authentic, but from third or fourth century Egypt. Like other Gnostic writings, this Judas document presents an unbiblical dualism: this world is evil and needs to be escaped from, and a secret knowledge (gnosis) will help one to achieve that. Jesus and the early disciples, by contrast, taught that God's kingdom was breaking into this world. While this material world is in need of restoration, it is not evil in itself. Indeed, God created it, and will one day recreate it altogether.
In orthodox Christianity, the goal of salvation is the redemption of this world, along with the resurrection of our bodies.Read more ›
The occasion for Wright's salvo is the recent publication of "The Gospel of Judas," a second-century gnostic tract that surfaced about thirty years ago but was held back from publication as its various owners tried to maximize its financial payoff. Now that the gospel has finally seen the light of day, it has been the subject of several popular works and celebrated as providing important new insights into Jesus, Judas, and early Christianity.
The highlight of the gospel is the claim that - contrary to the New Testament - Judas was the apostle who understood Jesus best, and was in fact ordered by Jesus to turn Jesus over to the authorities. The purpose of this was to hasten Jesus's death so that his spirit could be liberated from the confines of his mortal and corruptible body. This is in line with the core gnostic belief that the world was created by an inferior, malevolent god or demiurge, and that salvation consists in liberating the spirit from its connection to matter.
Authors such as Elaine Pagels, Bart Ehrman, and Marvin Meyer have popularized the idea that the gnostic writings provide a legitimate alternative to the New Testament portrayal of Jesus and Christian origins.
"Nonsense," says Wright.Read more ›
National Geographic describes the importance of the document in this way: "The Gospel of Judas gives a different view of the relationship between Jesus and Judas, offering new insights into the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Unlike the accounts in the canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in which Judas is portrayed as a reviled traitor, this newly discovered Gospel portrays Judas as acting at Jesus' request when he hands Jesus over to the authorities." A classically dualistic, gnostic document, The Gospel of Judas presents a Jesus who is seeking to escape from the corruption of this physical world and asks Judas to betray Him so He can be free of this wickedness. Judas complies and shows himself to be a hero, rather than a villain. No longer the betrayer, He is a faithful friend to Jesus Christ.
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very good book however i was under the impression it included the gospel of judas, which it does not ... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kelly K. Patterson
Adds a possibility to the bible story of Jesus and His relationship between Him and Judas. Gets one to think.Published 22 months ago by Richard L. Clements
Recently I have been looking into Gnosticism quite intrusively in an attempt to find out what this first century heresy was really all about. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by F. Gwin
This was written back when the Gospel of Judas was making headlines and all of the books and TV shows about it were coming out. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by David T.
N.T. Wright has written a wonderful little book entitled Judas & the Gospel of Jesus that I might've wished I'd gotten my hands on sooner if it weren't for the fact that it came to... Read morePublished on December 9, 2011 by Joshua Lawson
A very short, yet informative, work about the "controversy" about the newly-discovered Judas "gospel". Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Amazon Customer
A couple of years ago the "Gospel of Judas" made headlines, the latest supposed "secret" or "suppressed" "gospel" that was going to change Christianity. Read morePublished on September 9, 2009 by OtherWorlds&Wisdom
Wright is so wrong I hardly know where to begin. Let's start with the four major problems with this book: (1) This is not really a book but an extended book report , (2) The book... Read morePublished on May 20, 2009 by Dr. James Gardner
Although it's been a little while since I read it, to the detriment of the present review, this offering from Wright still strikes me as eloquent, economical, heuristically... Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by Wesley L. Janssen