An ancient legend claimed that Jesus had a twin brother named Thomas. An extra-biblical text that dates from perhaps as early as the late first century CE (which would make it the same age as the biblical gospels) claimed to be the secret teachings of Jesus as recorded by "Judas Didymos Thomas". The Greek word "Didymos" and the Aramaic word "Thomas" both mean "twin."
While only several Greek fragments of this manuscript, dating to the early second century CE, actually exist, a manuscript written in Coptic from the fourth century was discovered in 1945. This gospel of Thomas contains 114 purported sayings of Jesus, many of which resemble passages in the New Testament. Drawing upon years of extensive research in early Jewish and Christian history and recent work on the historical Jesus, acclaimed novelist Ron Cooper focuses on Thomas of Nazareth, old and bitter after years of self-imposed exile from his homeland, who returns to Jerusalem to write a book about his identical twin brother, Jesus. Disgusted by how others have perverted his brother's message, Thomas wants to set the record straight. But in doing so, he must try to unravel the enigma that was Jesus.
Provocative, inventive, and sure to be controversial, The Gospel of the Twin draws upon scriptural and ancient, non-biblical sources to present an imaginative version of the founding of Christianity through scenes of violence, tenderness, and mistaken identity that will change the way the world thinks about Jesus. For fans of such books as Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan, Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly, and even such Dan Brown novels as The Da Vinci Code, Cooper's The Gospel of the Twin may also appeal to listeners of such sophisticated Bible scholars as Bart Erhman, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Elaine Pagels, all of whom have written academic works as well as books more accessible to the general listener.
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A good listen makes for an amazing day!
The narrator gave life to the insightful message this book was intended to portray. That integral message could not have been achieved without the audio version.
Jesus because he found insight in the most dire of circumstances. His enigmatic thinking gave great purpose to this book.
He did a great job! His voice brought the story alive.
I loved it! I wish it could have been longer. The message was invaluable.
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No. It was a well thought through book with a failry origional (to me anyway) idea. As we are all familiar with the Bible and it's characters it gave the whole book an oddly familiar feeling, and I felt the author put that to good use.
No this is my first book from Ron, I will look for more from him.
Yes I have, and I must say I like how he narrates this book, his performance is as good as the others I have listened to from him. Charles has a nice even voice and is easy on the ears whilst listening.
It made me think a little more about the stories we have come to know out whole lives reading the Bible, and the many things in it that don't make sense, seem to make a little more sense if we look at it through the eyes of Ron Cooper.
This is an interesting book whether you are religious or not. It's very very clever, and well written; historical fiction.
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm a fan of biblical historical fiction (I know, oxymoron, right). This story follows the Gospel narrative from the New Testament pretty closely. But the perspective is not from just any follower of Jesus but, rather, from the perspective of his identical twin brother, Thomas. This perspective allows well known sayings of Jesus and certain events to take on a whole new meaning, sometimes just turning out to be normal mundane events that were re-interpreted because the Gospel writer in the Bible didn't know the inside story or behind-the-scenes events. I especially appreciated the author's ability to take the often limited descriptions of Jesus' disciples and create fully formed, seemingly realistic characters. I highly recommend this story to anyone who is not going to get hung up on Biblical literalism or doctrinal heresy. Whether religious or not familiarity with the Gospel accounts in the Bible is not required but does add to the humor of the story. Oh, I forgot to mention. . .this story is quite humorous while not being completely irreverent like Christopher Moore's "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal".
I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator. He has kind of a gruff down home drawl that didn't initially seem to fit with this story. But I got used to it and it didn't detract from the story.
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Not long enough.
Returning to his home and finding only his brother in a mostly deserted village.
Conceiving the idea of using Thomas as the risen Jesus to promote their ideas.
Yes, I would have listened to it in one sitting , but never an option for me.
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The author being a biblical scholar put a lot of credence into this book. To me the fact that I was disappointed when it came to an end means a good book. That was the only reason I gave it 4 stars, I wanted more. Who knows how much of it could have actually happened.
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