Judas and the Gospel of Jesus
The recent publicity surrounding the Coptic manuscript dubbed "The Gospel of Judas" has included suggestions that this document undermines the accuracy of Judas' portrayal in the canonical gospels. In his new book, Bishop Tom Wright brings his vast expertise to...
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The recent publicity surrounding the Coptic manuscript dubbed "The Gospel of Judas" has included suggestions that this document undermines the accuracy of Judas' portrayal in the canonical gospels. In his new book, Bishop Tom Wright brings his vast expertise to bear on the controversy, and sets the record straight. 144 pages, from SPCK.
The 'Gospel of Judas' was discovered in the 1970s and took nearly 30 years to reach the public domain and critical analysis. Tom Wright, renowned biblical scholar and Bishop of Durham, turns his attention to this fascinating manuscript. He asks what it tells us about ancient Gnosticism.
"The 'Gospel of Judas' was discovered in the 1970's and took nearly 30 years to reach the public domain and critical analysis. Now Tom Wright turns his attention to this fascinating manuscript. He asks what it tells us about ancient Gnosticism and about the modern enthusiasm for reconnecting with it." "In considering the 'Gospel of Judas' as a spectacularly interesting archaeological find, Tom Wright contends that it tells us nothing about the real Jesus or the real Judas. Rather, the enthusiasm with which some have received it speaks of a fruitless 'Quest for an Alternative Jesus' and for sensational material like that explored in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code."--BOOK JACKET.
World renowned theologian Tom Wright gives his scholarly reaction and response to the Gospel of Judas debate. In his 2006 Easter address, Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, condemned the credibility of the gospel, saying, "This is a demonstrably late text which simply parallels a large number of quite well-known works from the more eccentric fringes of the early century Church." Here, the Bishop of Durham offers his masterful account of this controversial topic.
N.T.(Tom) Wright (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is Reseach Professor in Christian Origins at St Mary's College in the Divinity School of St Andrew's University, Scotalnd. Formerly Bishop of Durham, he was recently named by Christianity Today as one of the top five theologians in the world. Once Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral, he taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities.
Wright's full-scale works The New Testament and the People of God; Jesus and the Victory of God; and The Resurrection of the Son of God are part of a projected six-volume series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God.
Among his many other published works are The Original Jesus; What Saint Paul Really Said and The Climax of the Covenant. He is also co-author with Marcus Borg of The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions
His commentaries include Colossians and Philemon (The Tyndale New Testament Commentary series), the 12 volume For Everyone series, Romans (New Interpreter's Bible Commentary); Galatians (The Horizons Theological Commentary) and The Letter to the Philippians (International Critical Commentary)
Most recently he has released Surprised by Hope; Small Faith--Great God; Virtue Reborn and Justification: God's Plan and Paul's Vision.
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