Judas: The Most Hated Name in History

Judas: The Most Hated Name in History


In this attention-grabbing old and cultural biography, Peter Stanford deconstructs that the majority vilified of Bible characters: Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. starting with the gospel money owed, Stanford explores thousand years of cultural and theological background to enquire how the very identify Judas got here to be synonymous with betrayal and, eventually, human evil. yet because the writer issues out, there has lengthy been a counter-current of idea that implies that Judas may possibly in truth were sufferer of a bad injustice: valuable to Jesus' undertaking used to be his demise and resurrection, and for there to were a demise, there needed to be a betrayal. This thankless position fell to Judas; should still we actually be thankful to him for his function within the divine drama of salvation? "You'll need to decide," as Bob Dylan sang within the sixties, "Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side." an important yet doomed personality within the ardour narrative, and therefore the total tale of Christianity, Judas and the betrayal he symbolizes proceed to play out in a lot greater cultural histories, talking as he does to our private fears approximately friendship, betrayal, and the matter of evil.

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