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on December 13, 2014
First things first: there is nothing revolutionary or scandalous in the ancient text called "The Gospel of Judas." If the Vatican has a copy in their archives, they are not sitting on it out of fear of the response. This text is unique in its focus on Judas, but in other ways has a great deal in common with other Gnostic texts written in the first few centuries of the Common Era.

That being the case, Bart Ehrman -- one of the leaders in his field -- does an excellent job of using the text as an entry into the world of the scholarship of ancient scriptures.

I came to the book from a background of having studied such texts (in translation) in both a public graduate school and a seminary, so I ended up skipping over a lot of the background material Ehrman includes for the lay person. It's all very well written and accessible; it was just old news to me.

The best part of the book was not, I think, his study of the Gospel of Judas itself, but his use of historical-literary criticism to dig more deeply into what we can reasonably deduce about Judas from the canonical books of the New Testament. It's not a lot -- but Ehrman does a lovely job in taking the reader step-by-step through how a specialist approaches such a question.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in New Testament criticism or who has a romantic or suspicious interest in "lost gospels." This book is an excellent primer on what we do and do not know about early Christianity in its wide variety of forms and how we come it know it.

And for those who might wonder: it is not disrespectful of faith. Ehrman makes no theological claims one way or the other. He simply looks at the texts more closely than most people ever will, with the advantage of his decades spent studying the historical, cultural, theological, and literary nature of the era, and communicates his insights in a straightforward, very clear way.
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on August 13, 2013
Professor Ehrman is the finest author of popular books on the New Testament and he continues his remarkable record of churning out engaging and informative books. This one is special as Professor Ehrman was part of an accomplished team of experts assembled by National Geographic that analysed the Gospel of Judas when it's existence first became known to scholars. He has traced a history of this gospel's discovery, given a description of its Gnostic character and its contents and in the most engaging part of the book, given his views on the relationship of Jesus with his apostles and possible reasons why Judas betrayed him. Some parts will be familiar to other readers of Professor Ehrman's prolific output but that is hardly a blemish on the book. Read it and you can almost feel his excitement and passion on probably the most significant Biblical find of our times
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on August 15, 2017
Erdman is a favorite, but spends too much time on the history of the document (1/2 the book!).
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on March 11, 2017
A very good read and researched completely as far as I can tell but Ihaven't finished it yet.
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VINE VOICEon April 10, 2011
I feel like I've been reading this book forever! I started it several months ago, and I was really enjoying it at first. But it seemed to drag a bit in the middle (despite being a pretty short book), and I more or less put it down for a couple of months. Fortunately, it was easy to pick up again; Ehrman writes clearly and explains everything thoroughly, so I didn't feel lost at all. The flip side of this is that the book is pretty repetitive; he emphasizes things and makes sure his point is clear by saying the same thing over and over. This was effective in its way; I feel like I learned a lot from this book and am likely to retain that knowledge. It did make for a slower than necessary reading experience, though.

On the whole, I'm glad I read this book; especially as someone with a limited knowledge of Christianity, I found it very informative. People who are more familiar with Christianity in general and early Christianity in particular might find it too simplistic and repetitive, but it worked for me. It's definitely very accessible.
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on May 7, 2017
I enjoy the books written by Bart Ehrman and suspect that I will enjoy reading this books as well. (I need another word for this review)
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on December 14, 2014
Another superb book written by Dr. Ehrman. It's more recent translation into English by Dr. Ehrman shows Judas as a hero and not a villain. One who did what none of the other apostles had the strength to do. Without his "betrayal" of Jesus, there would be no Christianity. Why? Because without the death and resurrection, there would be nothing for Christians to believe in. Jesus had to die in order for Christianity to happen. His task was to facilitate the miracle that turned the religion into what it is today. Great read.
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on July 20, 2017
This is somewhat epic but kinda creepy find
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on May 29, 2015
An intelligent, insightful look at the church-shaking teachings within the Beautiful 'Gospel of Judas Iscariot' recently deciphered and shared. This book opens up the world of Christ and the many subtleties of His teaching which have been lost within the PC version of "The Word of God".
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on April 10, 2014
Bart has brought history and current events together in a very readable text. Brief and non-biased comparisons of early Christian, Gnostic and other documents/beliefs provide a clear and concise explanation of the relevance of the Gospel of Judas for us today. It is rare when history is related with such enthusiasm. I would take a class from him if given the opportunity.
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