The Gospel of Judas: Rewriting Early Christianity by Simon Gathercole

The Gospel of Judas: Rewriting Early Christianity

bySimon Gathercole

Hardcover | December 1, 2007

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`Judas' is synonymous with `traitor'. But a newly-discovered ancient text of the Gospel of Judas offers a picture of Judas Iscariot radically different from the Church's traditional understanding of him, and maintains that far from being the infamous betrayer, Judas was actually Jesus' trustedfriend and the recipient of secret revelation. Simon Gathercole's new book includes a translation of the ancient Egyptian text of the Gospel of Judas and a running commentary, and offers new translations of all the ancient evidence about Judas Iscariot and the Gospel attributed to him. It getsbehind the hype which the Gospel of Judas has attracted, and looks at why the group which produced the work were in such bitter conflict with the mainstream Christian church, and shows how the document provides us with a window into the turbulent world of Christianity and Gnosticism in the centuryafter Jesus.

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Simon Gathercole is Senior Lecturer in New Testament, University of Aberdeen.

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Title:The Gospel of Judas: Rewriting Early ChristianityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7.91 × 5.31 × 0.85 inPublished:December 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199225842

ISBN - 13:9780199225842

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Out of Egypt2. Judas in the New Testament3. Judas: The Next 100 Years4. The Gospel of Judas: Translation and Interpretation5. Fair is foul and foul is fair: The Gospel of Judas and the Cainites6. Rewriting History7. The Brave New World of the Gospel of JudasEpilogue: The Future of the Gospel of Judas