Not because of the content around the Gospel of Judas. I generally find gnostic mumbo jumbo boring and that chapter was just that. No fault to Erhman. But the ancient and modern history he brings out was fascinating. The last two chapters were the best. Books that shift the way you look at the world or blow your mind are the best. Best ive ever read from him was lost Christianities
A splendid work! There's a lot to cover in this work. It includes a discussion on the Gospel of Judas Iscariot, what it was, how it was found, etc. It is also a good discussion of Gnostic Christianity, or Gnosticism in general. It also does a good job trying to understand Jesus, the early church, Judas, and the heresy in general. The use of splendid up front, should signal that I thought the author did a fine job covering all these diverse subjects. There are great questions about the church, Jesus, heresy, and faith some are answered in this volume, and some are left for the reader to sort out. For a person of a fundamentalist bent, this could be an excellent read and quite challenging to understand and appreciate. It will be too easy to question why we should even care about this heretical Gospel. It's interesting to note the Gnostics, have a built in out for non-believers, you won't understand the teaching if you lack the divine spark. That was just too easy, and I've seen too many times arguments around faith devolving in to something just like that. Nice to know that's nothing new.
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A great story of the history of the gospel, plus a look at how it fits in with the history of early Christianity.
Another look into the lives of people who lived in our distant past.
Understanding the people from our past through their dreams & stories gives us insight into their truth. Not reality, but the truth they thought they knew. Dr Ehrman is well know from his many appearances on various talk shows & of course, The Teaching Company courses. I've read or listened to several of his books & enjoyed every one.
Only those interested in a research of the subject
I was expecting more of the content of the manuscript. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting more of a story book, like the one Taylor Caldwell did with the subject, in her book, "I Judas". However, it was an interesting study and kept me interested to the end. Biblical scholars will enjoy this comparative study.
The content of this work is fine, although a little redundant.
BUT....the use of two readers is a little over-done.
One reads the regular text, but when scripture is read or different sections are addressed another voice (GOD?) makes the appearance...it's overdone and frankly a little silly. Then, just when things get back to normal, a series of chime-like notes take over...not sure why...maybe for emphasis?..but once again not adding anything of value.
It would have been nice just to hear someone read the book!
Bart Ehman is a very learned Biblical Scholar, this book turned out to be more exciting than I expected, the scholarly conjesture were very difference to the one given by Elain Pagels. The concerns were also very different, he looked from the point of textual historian while Pagel looked at it from ideological implication.
There's some really interesting information in this book, but it is way too long. He seems to get hung up on some rather uninteresting things for too long at times. But definitely has some really good parts.
If there's an abridged version, I recommend it over this one.