Item description for The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot by Jeffrey Archer & Francis J. Moloney SDB AM STD DPHIL(OXON)...
The very name of `Judas' raises among Christians an instinctive reaction of criticism and condemnation The betrayal of Judas remains a mystery." Pope Benedict XVI, October 2006
The Gospel According to Judas, by Benjamin Iscariot sheds new light on the
the mystery of Judasincluding his motives for the betrayal and what happened to him after the crucifixionby retelling the story of Jesus through the eyes of Judas, using the canonical texts asits basic point of reference. Ostensibly written by Judas's son, Benjamin, and following the narrative style of the Gospels, this re-creation is provocative, compelling, and controversial.
The Gospel According to Judas, by Benjamin Iscariot is the result of an intense collaboration between a storyteller and a scholar: Jeffrey Archerand Francis J. Moloney.Their brilliant workbold and simpleisa compelling story for twenty-first-century readers, while maintaining an authenticity thatwould becredible to a first-century Christian or Jew.
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Format: Audiobook, CD
Studio: Macmillan Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.9" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2007
Publisher Macmillan Audio
ISBN 1427201730 ISBN13 9781427201737
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More About Jeffrey Archer & Francis J. Moloney SDB AM STD DPHIL(OXON)
Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections--including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Paths of Glory and False Impression--have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
Jeffrey Archer currently resides in Cambridge. Jeffrey Archer was born in 1940.
Jeffrey Archer has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot?
Excuses, excuses, excuses Nov 25, 2007
It doesn't take a biblical scholar to know enough about the gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to come to the conclusion that this recently published (2007) supposed Gospel According to Judas is merely an excuse-filled Judas-friendly interpretation of the bible. My understanding is that Christians believe Jesus to be the son of God: Jews, a prophet. The plan behind the book, an "intense collaboration between a storyteller and a scholar" was that "Archer would write a story for twenty-first century readers, while Moloney would ensure that the result would be credible to a first-century Christian or Jew." The premise might be easier to swallow had the words "Christian or" been left out, considering the leaps of faith required by them to accept this Gospel, which attempts to disprove the commonly held belief that Judas was a Judas ("traitor" according to my dictionary). The intent of its creation is to let everyone know the truth about Judas' role in Jesus' death and dispel the rumors that he was a traitor, bribe-taker and killer-of-self. Interestingly, the author is quick to profess the invalidity of negative writings about him because they weren't put to paper during his lifetime. But the argument makes no sense. If they, according to the glossary, were written circa 70AD to circa 100AD, then Judas' Gospel could have been (hypothetically) written no earlier than about 70 years after Jesus' death. Among the contentions of the Gospel according to Judas (paraphrased, not quoted unless so noted): (p 5) Jesus was a child born of Joseph and Mary conceived in the conventional way, (p 41) Judas would have given his own life for Jesus, (Pp 71, 72) Judas offered to identify Jesus to the Scribes to prevent Jesus' death, (p 75) Judas eventually came to believe that Jesus was not the Messiah (and never believed that he was the son of God), (p 87) Jesus did not walk on water, (p 87) Jesus did not turn water into wine, and in an if-I-remember-correctly, didn't-Jesus-do-this-too moment, after a Scribe fingered him as the betrayer (p 77)..."Judas wept." The Glossary contains more proof to the contrary that Judas was a bad guy: (p 95) including his name last on the list of disciples and fingering him as the one who betrayed Jesus were "Christians" attempts to "blacken Judas' character." Last but not least, it seems that he could not have taken his own life because (1) only one of the four Gospels said so (so don't believe that one) and (2) IT WAS AGAINST HIS RELIGION (and a traitor would never break the rules). The stories (fact or myth) behind Jesus' death and Judas' role in it become no more believable or true just because a skilled mortal storyteller with the assistance of an intelligent theologian mortal with a Doctor of Philosophy degree (for the study of the use of the term "the Son of Man" in the Fourth Gospel, which explains the many references to the phrase in the book) say so. This debate belongs not in a book (even one which can be read in about an hour and containing an excellent Glossary) targeted towards Christians (likely to be highly skeptical of this seemingly-revisionist version of the bible) and Jews (possibly less skeptical), but in a bible study group or theology course. The tone of The Gospel According to Judas is that of a loyal son unable to accept his father as a notorious traitor, thus understandably filled with excuse after excuse.
nice effort, unfortunately dull Sep 25, 2007
I was waiting for something interesting to happen, some insight... I didn't really come across anything new.
Overall, a bit disappointing, luckily not a big book.
For much more illuminating Biblical historical fiction, I highly recommend the Kingdom & the Crown Series by Gerald Lund (3 books) and the Women of Genesis books by Orson Scott Card.
It actually has nothing to do with 'mysteries' of Judas Jul 6, 2007
Oh come on people: "The unlikely partnership of Jeffrey Archer and Francis J. Moloney was formed after Archer had sought advice from Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini on who should guide him through this demanding project. Among his many past students of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Cardinal Martini singled out Professor Moloney, a graduate of that institute in 1972, who had completed his doctoral studies at Oxford University in 1975. The project was as bold as it was simple: Archer would write a story for twenty-first-century readers, while Moloney would ensure that the result would be credible to a first-century Christian or Jew."
And that's EXACTLY the case. An interesting read.
Judas the Ensnared Jun 28, 2007
I've been reading Archer since Kane and Abel and when I saw that he was writing a fictionalized account of the life of Judas as told by his son, I thought, wow, this could really be a great read and a little controversial. Neither came true. Basically, it's formatted like the gospels (nothing wrong with that), but just not an exciting read this time around. I was actually kind of bored reading it and the only reason I kept going was because it came in at around ninety pages so I persevered with it. The last chapter or two is when the basis of the story comes out and nothing earth shattering here. Judas was the victim of the religious zealots at the time to get rid of Christ. Maybe, maybe not. Does it change my point of view or my beliefs, probably not. Just something more to ponder about; the Bible, its writers (Did they embellish the truth from generation to generation before writing it down, whether on purpose or by accident. Kind of difficult to keep the same exact story going for tens or even hundreds of years orally without some of it being changed on the next telling), and the facts that surround it that science today continues to try to prove happened. I expected Archer to put this into more story form like all his other works and I think then he could have gone into more depth with this alternate theory and really provoked the reader's imagination. But he chose not to, giving us instead this lackluster rendition of what could have been a great story about Judas Iscariot.
The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot Jun 21, 2007
The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot Where Do I begin. Lets start with the title, The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot by Jeffrey Archer, come on!! It should be the fictional story of The Gospel According to Judas by Jeffrey Archer as Benjamin Iscariot. A Relevant Story: A friend of mine recently told me of a Pastor who liked to make hot fudge, apparently he used all organic ingredients. One day the Pastor's daughter wanted to see PG parental guidance rated movie, that only had 5%, swearing/drug use or sex scenes. After much insistence the daughter when to see the movie, the next day the Pastor decided to make some hot chocolate fudge the aroma filled the house the Pastor stated that he'd used 5% of a special organic source and kept the matter a secret until all the fudge had been consumed. Then he asked did you notice any difference in the quality/flavour? No.. they replied, well the 5% special ingredient was organic it wont do any REAL harm, it was only dog p##h. lol If you take a solid truth as the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus and you contaminant 5% to 10% of it with a special 'organic substance' what do you have in the end - dog p##h. I felt the tone and reason for the book was a Jewish backlash hardliner trying to have some justification why Jesus wasn't who he said he was the Son of God. The book was written from the sour grapes attitude, "[Jesus wasn't] ...the long-awaited Messiah."p1, on the betrayal of Christ, Archer says, "...Judas knew that he was innocent of such an accusation, as his only purpose was to save Jesus from an unnecessary death." After Jesus' Death, the sorrowful Judas goes a lives amongst the Essenes then a Masada as a "marked man". And the book concludes with "Judas died as Jesus did. He was crucified by the Romans." It's all a bit desperate! The whole story Gospel of Judas is unbalanced what about Isaiah 53 The Sin-bearing, Suffering Servant? The Gospel of Judas omits the 30 pieces of silver, and suicide of Judas. The Gospel of Judas is nothing more that fragments of quotation out of context in Holy Bible blended together (very poorly) it just doesn't stick! Let us set aside a few things, just say by chance that this gospel of Judas was right, and the whole of the New Testament wrong. Ok we've been deceived by the BIGGEST hoaxes since man made fire. We could be waiting for the Messiah to still come as the Gospel of Judas indicated, unhappily Israel still waits, they missed the boat. Not one Holy Prophet has been around for over two thousand years. Israel is one of the most violent, sad and godless places on earth. There is no peace, the temple has gone, the glory has gone, as a nation they forsook the Lord time and time again and were taken off to captivity. Jesus said in Matt 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city the kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See your house is left to you, desolate..." Now let's just say that the Gospel of Judas is false piece of fiction. Look at the people in New Testament who believe and were change by it and gave their lives for it (Peter & Paul), they did not write empty words by words of someone who knew and walked and talked with Jesus. The story of people in Bible give us hope, in a world where we are saturated with Hollywood, sexism, drugs and alcohol, domestic violence (rape/guns) the list keeps on going on. I want freedom from all that this world offers because it like hot sweet chocolate fudge one isn't enough and one piece is too much. In closing a quote from James 3:13, "Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. What was Archer really trying to achieve by the release of this book?