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Caveat Emptor - Eisegesis Paramount
, January 25, 2012
This review is from: Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (Hardcover)
I have to admit, I am only half way through this book but I feel convicted to write about it after reading many of the reviews on this site. I went searching for reviews of this book after reading half of it to see what others thought... so I know I am not alone. The problem I have with this book so far is primarily Pagels' use of scriptural references. I haven't checked them all, but many that I have checked are taken grossly out of context to fit her story. If you are a reader looking for great examples of eisegesis, this is your book. Sadly, everything new I stumble across in this book I have to question.
I have found one or two diamonds in the rough, however, that have made it all worth the reading. One, which may only be interesting to me, is the comparison of Matthew and Zachariah in regards to the thirty pieces of silver on pg. 18. It is a lot of reading for so few nuggets. Karen King is taking over for the second half of the book with her translation and commentary of the Gospel of Judas. I think I will take a break from this book, pick up another book I just got in (The Text of the New Testament: Its transmission, corruption, and restoration 3rd edition), and dive back in searching for pearls. I will definitely do my research before then since there appears to be some debate over translation and the general message of the text.
A note for the frugal: My wife bought this book at the Dollar Store. For a dollar, brand new, it is definitely worth buying... just remember "caveat emptor".
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