Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity

Penguin, 2007 - 198 Seiten
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The two leading, bestselling experts on the Gnostic Gospels weigh in on the meaning of the controversial newly discovered Gospel of Judas

When the Gospel of Judaswas published by the National Geographic Society in April 2006, it received extraordinary media attention and was immediately heralded as a major biblical discovery that rocked the world of scholars and laypeople alike. Elaine Pagels and Karen King are the first to reflect on this newfound text and its ramifications for telling the story of early Christianity. In Reading Judas, the two celebrated scholars illustrate how the newly discovered text provides a window onto understanding how Jesus’ followers understood his death, why Judas betrayed Jesus, and why God allowed it.

Most contemporary readers will find passages in the ancient Gospel of Judasdifficult to comprehend outside of its context in the ancient world. Reading Judasilluminates the intellectual assumptions behind Jesus’ teaching to Judas and shows how conflict among the disciples was a tool frequently used by early Christian authors to explore matters of doubt and disagreement. Presented with the elegance, insight, and accessibility that has made Pagels and King the leading voices in this field, this is a book for academics and popular audience both. Pagels’s five previous books, including The New York Timesbestseller Beyond Belief, and King’s The Gospel of Mary of Magdalaprove that there is a considerable audience eager for this kind of informed and engaging writing.


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The discovery of theGospel of Judas , made public in April 2006, drew immediate interest from both religious specialists and ordinary people. The idea expressed in this gospel-that Judas was the true ... Vollständige Rezension lesen


Reading Judas by Elaine Pagels and Karen L King
The Gospel of Judas by Karen L King

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Karen L. King is Winn Professor of ecclesiastical history at Harvard Divinity School.
Elaine Pagels is Harrington Spear Paine Professor of religion at Princeton University.

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