In his new book Judas and the Gospel of Jesus, N.T. Wright — the Anglican bishop of Durham and renowned New Testament scholar — puts the recently discovered Gospel of Judas in its historical contexts. Just as important as the context in which it was written, he observes, is the context in which it was published. Thus he scrutinizes the ancient text itself, but also the positive spin it received from celebrity scholars like Elaine Pagels, Bart Ehrman, and Marvin Meyer. The original author of the Judas text intended it to be a subversion of orthodox Christianity, and his modern interpreters would like him to succeed at long last. With brevity, clarity, and grace, Wright conveys the peculiar significance of this Judas text. Along the way, he teaches us much about the ancient Christians, their discontents, and ours.
Thursday January 04th 2007, 7:02 pm