Reading Judas by Elaine Pagels
The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity

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The instant New York Times bestseller interpreting the controversial long-lost gospel

The recently unearthed Gospel of Judas is a source of fascination for biblical scholars and lay Christians alike. Now two leading experts on the Gnostic gospels tackle the important questions posed by its discovery, including: How could any Christian imagine Judas to be Jesus' favorite? And what kind of vision of God does the author offer? Working from Karen L. King's brilliant new translation, Elaine Pagels and King provide the context necessary for considering its meaning. Reading Judas plunges into the heart of Christianity itself and will stand as the definitive look at the gospel for years to come.


 

About Elaine Pagels

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ELAINE PAGELS is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of Reading Judas, The Gnostic Gospels —winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award—and the New York Times bestseller Beyond Belief. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
 
Published March 6, 2007 by Penguin Books. 224 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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This accessible, engaging book has Princeton religion professor Pagels (The Gnostic Gospels; Beyond Belief) in a dream team pairing with King (The Gospel of Mary of Magdala), who teaches ecclesiastica

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The Gospel of Judas denounces this cult of the martyr as “hideous folly” and calls for religion “to renounce violence as God’s will and purpose for humanity.” In the process it offers a prophetic “no,” according to Pagels and King, to “our world of polarized religious violence.” Any critique of m...

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A Gnostic gospel presents the “traitor” Judas as a hero who helped Jesus fulfill his destiny.

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This accessible, engaging book has Princeton religion professor Pagels (The Gnostic Gospels;

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In Reading Judas, the tortured, bloodied account of the Son of God being shamefully tortured for his sheep as the “pascal lamb” (I Corinthians 5:7) and then being crucified as a redemptive act “for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:8) horrified Judas Iscariot.

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