Judas: The troubling history of the renegade apostle (Hardback)
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Judas: The troubling history of the renegade apostle (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 12/03/2015

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In this fascinating historical and cultural biography, writer and broadcaster Peter Stanford deconstructs that most vilified of Bible characters: Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Beginning with the gospel accounts, Peter explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to investigate how the very name Judas came to be synonymous with betrayal and, ultimately, human evil.

But as Peter points out, there has long been a counter-current of thought that suggests that Judas might in fact have been victim of a terrible injustice: central to Jesus' mission was his death and resurrection, and for there to have been a death, there had to be a betrayal. This thankless role fell to Judas; should we in fact be grateful to him for his role in the divine drama of salvation? 'You'll have to decide,' as Bob Dylan sang in the sixties, 'Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side'.

An essential but doomed character in the Passion narrative, and thus the entire story of Christianity, Judas and the betrayal he symbolises continue to play out in much larger cultural histories, speaking as he does to our deepest fears about friendship, betrayal and the problem of evil.

Judas: the ultimate traitor, or the ultimate scapegoat? This is a compelling portrait of Christianity's most troubling and mysterious character.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781444754728
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 241 x 165 x 31 mm

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“An Excellent Account”

Peter Stanford has written one of the most interesting biographies of a Biblical character whose name is still known by one and all today as the ultimate and most despicable traitor the name which we call any traitor,... More

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