Reading Judas: The Truth Behind the Notorious Gospel of Judas Iscariot. Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King

3.71 avg rating
( 1,046 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780141030135: Reading Judas: The Truth Behind the Notorious Gospel of Judas Iscariot. Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King

Discover the true meaning of the lost Gospel of Judas ...Lost for 1,600 years, the "Gospel of Judas" has only now had its meaning unlocked for readers today. Its startling text included the claim that not only was Judas the favoured disciple of Jesus, but also that Judas was killed by the other disciples. Was Judas a betrayer or a loyal disciple? Did he write this shocking document? And what does it mean for us today? In "Reading Judas" Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King, world-renowned experts in religious texts, explore the meanings of this contentious gospel in detail. Here they reveal a gospel that, far from seeing Jesus' death as a sacrifice for humanity's sins, opposes the idea that God desires martyrdom and instead points towards a faith that is based on inner spiritual life. Containing a new translation of the "Gospel of Judas" from the original Coptic, "Reading Judas" radically challenges our notions of the Christian faith.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Karen L. King is the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard University in the Divinity School. Trained in comparative religion and historical studies, her teaching and research specialities in the history of Christianity lie in women's studies, orthodoxy and heresy, and the Coptic Gnostic literature. Her publications include The Secret Revelation of John and The Gospel of Mary Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman. She is the recipient of awards for excellence in teaching and research, and has received grants from numerous organizations including the Ford Foundation. Her professional associations include membership in the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the International Association for Coptic Studies and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. Elaine Pagels is Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of six previous books, including 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

From AudioFile:

The historical figure of Judas Iscariot is one of deep paradox--he was one of Jesus's handpicked followers, yet he is also the archetype of betrayal. Elaine Pagels and Karen King are both highly regarded yet unorthodox academics, from Princeton and Harvard, respectively. The professors attempt to recast the fallen disciple using the initial translation of the Judas document recently unveiled by the National Geographic Society. Justine Eyre reads the commentary, and Robertson Dean delivers the Judas material. Both try to create an air of reverence, but it ultimately falls flat under the weight of the dense Gnostic theology. Although audibly agreeable, the content overwhelms all but the most enthusiastic listeners. S.M.M. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Pagels, Elaine H.
Published by Penguin Books 2008-03-27 (2008)
ISBN 10: 0141030135 ISBN 13: 9780141030135
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ebooksweb COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books 2008-03-27, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 0141030135. Bookseller Inventory # Z0141030135ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Pagels, Elaine H.
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0141030135 ISBN 13: 9780141030135
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141030135. Bookseller Inventory # Z0141030135ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Pagels, Elaine H.
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0141030135 ISBN 13: 9780141030135
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141030135. Bookseller Inventory # Z0141030135ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Pagels, Elaine H.
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0141030135 ISBN 13: 9780141030135
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141030135. Bookseller Inventory # Z0141030135ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Pagels, Elaine H.
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0141030135 ISBN 13: 9780141030135
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141030135. Bookseller Inventory # Z0141030135ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Pagels, Elaine H.
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0141030135 ISBN 13: 9780141030135
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141030135. Bookseller Inventory # Z0141030135ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Pagels, Elaine H.
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0141030135 ISBN 13: 9780141030135
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Hawking Books
(Lake Arrowhead, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141030135 A brand-new, unused copy in perfect condition. Five star seller - Ships Quickly - Buy with confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # Z0141030135ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Elaine H. Pagels
Published by Penguin Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 0141030135 ISBN 13: 9780141030135
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0141030135

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
15.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds