In many ways this book is vintage Wright. He has the same witticisms, arguments, and style that readers have come to expect. Wright acknowledges that the so-called "Gospel of Judas" is an authentic copy from circa 250 A. D. He briefly touches on the scholarly circus in who actually got to publish it (and more humorously, who didn't and what they thought about it!). Wright gives the reader a brief overview of the various gnosticism(s) in late antiquity. He shows whatever one's view on the Gospel [...]
This is a fantastic little book. I just read it for the second time. Wright manages to explain early Gnosticism, how the Gospel of Judas can't possibly be an accurate portrayal of anything Jesus actually taught, debunk the debunkers of the historical Jesus, and show how Gnosticism is still very much present in American Christianity. All in 150 pgs.! What I most enjoy about Wright is ability to simplify tons of material and relate the ancient world to our own. Addtionally, while he criticizes oth [...]
Incredible! This is the first book I've read inside two hours. Which goes to show for its size. It's a small book and easy to read. I've never read N.T. Wright, but his style and accessibility is easy to feel. The book is not technical, very conversational and honest, and quite informative on the context, modern and ancient, of the newly-found Gospel of Judas. Wright doesn't go into analysis of the gospel's individual text, but he nicely expounds upon the cultural milieu in which the gospel emer [...]
This was a short book about the Gospel of Judas that has recently come to the forefront and garnered much attention. Wright takes time analyzing why people cling to "new discoveries" and what this implies in our culture. He then goes on to explain what this material does bring to light and then what it does not by specifically responding to much writing by Gnostics. I am certainly no theologian(just enjoy it as a lowly layman) and so this was not something that really came across my radar. If I [...]
This book doesn't just provide a good overview of The Gospel of Judas and a refutation of it's legitimacy (as a valid perspective on Jesus), but it also provides a good general introduction to gnosticism itself (I've mapped some summaries here: remingtonscove.wordpress/c).My one point of criticism would be that I would have liked to see a more direct treatment of the issue of sin and atonement contrasted with the gnostic idea of sin. Wright could have done this in his final chapter where he does [...]
This was a short book that discussed the (then recent) publication of the “Gospel of Judas”. At the time, the publishers were trying to claim that this “Gospel” should be considered equivalent, or even superior to the canonical gospels. Wright systematically discusses how the “Gospel of Judas” actually fits historically, as a pretty typically Gnostic publication. He reminds the reader what Gnosticism was all about, and especially how it sought to fit in with, or conform to society. T [...]
This book was a surprise for me. I had always been a little interested in the Gospel of Judas since it's announcement in 2006, and this small explanatory/responsive book was just the thing I needed. Wright does a good job explaining the document, the Gnostic movement, and responding to it in our postmodern world. There where some excellent remarks concerning neo-gnosticism, and it's appearance in recent protestantism. That hit home for me, because I've always felt like the Christian branch I gre [...]
Having read Bart Ehrman's popular book on the Gospel of Judas this was a welcome follow-up and helped to frame the discussion in a much larger context as well as explain the parts Ehrman conveniently left out. One of those parts is the way in which the authors of the initial discovery gloss over important distinctions of what constitutes a 'gospel' in terms of genre and character. By seeing the texts for their style and different intents helps to determine their place in the debate. Wright takes [...]
There's nothing particularly earth shattering here. If not for the strained over exertions of a few scholars trying to make a splash by raising controversy, this book wouldn't be necessary. Gnosticism is a different religion than Christianity. It occasionally attempts to co-op Jesus as part of it's theology, but it's a very different Jesus. Wright combats these voices, and does so effectively. But pointlessly. People who would like to believe the gnostic narrative are going to believe it in orde [...]
This was written back when the Gospel of Judas was making headlines and all of the books and TV shows about it were coming out. Wright was pretty shocked at the attention it was getting and the publicity as a new view Judas (one where Jesus secretly asks Judas to betray him and then Jesus mocks the lack of understanding of the other disciples). In this book he does a very quick primer on Gnosticism and why Judas isn't in line with Orthodox Christianity. I think that anyone who has sat down and r [...]
What a great little book. A fast read as well.It's amazing when scholars attempt to make the bad guys of the Bible good - and the good guys Bad. What is really amazing is that many people in the church fall for it. I say let them. If the Gospel of Judas is what some people really want - then it's all yours.The problem is: This Gospel is poorly preserved, missing bits, and a theological mess. What kind of God would want to reveal his Truth in that fashion? He's not worthy of my worship or obedien [...]
Great little book. Wright explains the Gospel of Judas, outlines Gnosticism and how it differs from the canonical Gospels, discusses the distinctives of the Gospel of Thomas, and does it all on a popular and accessible level. A quick read (I finished it in a few hours) and a good introduction to the topic.
This a good introduction to the issue of the Gnostic text of the "Gospel of Judas". It's brief, succinct, and accessible to a more casual reader or armchair theologian. Wright is a reliable source on Early Christianity, and so I get the impression he (or his publishers) wanted his response on the shelf, so this is not an in depth study, but a concise response to the hype surrounding the publication of the ancient manuscript. Not the be all and end all on the subject, but a concise response from [...]
Wright categorically dismisses the attempt to promote the Gospel of Judas as an alternate account of Jesus' life, and instead places it in its actual context, 2nd Century Gnosticism. His British polite no-nonsense style is perfect for this sort of thing. (He also manages to mention most of his characteristic topics (e.g. Caesar is Lord vs Jesus is Lord, the typical Christian view of heaven vs the new Earth, even mentions justification as one point!) A good primer on Gnosticism and the church's r [...]
Excellent and compact critique of Gnosticism in general and the Gospel of Judas in particular. Wright also takes different branches of American Protestantism to task, both conservative and liberal, for essentially embracing elements Gnostic thought. Wright renews a common theme from his other works: the Gospel is about the Kingdom of God breaking into this world, Christ reigning on earth as in heaven, and the Church living as an agent of this new Kingdom in advance of its final completion. The e [...]
A brief, clear exposition of the reality of the "The Gospel of Judas" and the other gnostic literature as it intersects with Judaism and Christianity. A cogent rebuttal of Ehrman, Pagels, etc and their myth of gnosticism being the "true" root of Jesus' teachings. I do have some disagreements with Wright's interpretations and logic at various points, hence the average rating. Looking forward to reading more of Wright because he has a welcoming writing style as opposed to many academics' patronizi [...]
A really good response to the publication of and popular press regarding gnostic gospels, especially the "Gospel of Judas." Written by an Anglican bishop to show why the gnostic gospels do not change Christian truth but rather shed light on a 2nd century group, the gnostics, and explains why the gnostic view is counter to Christianity and Judaism. Recommended if you are interested in the topic or a better understanding of the early Christian church.
Wright tackles the recently recovered Gnostic documents, specifically the "Gospel of Judas," and examines their impact on Christianity. It is a helpful explanation of the differences between early Gnostic and Christian texts, and Wright contends that Ehrman, Pagels and others are trying to veil the stark differences between the two.It is a short, easy-to-read text that is both scholarly and accessible. I would recommend it, especially in the face of the Dan Browns of the world.
This was the first book I read by NT Wright and it essentially got me hooked on his writings. This book is a good summary of the Gospel of Judas, and also gives a good summary on widespread gnostic thought. Wright critiques the hype that a document like this receives, gnostic thought in general, and the presence of gnostic thought within society and the church today. As is typical with Wright, he is a bit polemical, but that is also part of his draw.
In spite of the controversy that surrounds N.T. Wright regarding the relearning Pauline Theology, Wright is an excellent writer and some of his other works are overshadowed by the aforementioned controversy. This is one that is touted by Wright's friends and foes as a very good work. Also, I got it for cheap at CBD 9($4.99)! So I can't wait to read it for the two great reasons listed already (cheap and good material :+)
Interesting read, and makes much clearer the idea of Gnosticism - even better than the book he is refuting that I read right before this one, The Gospel of Judas. However, the repeated shots taken at 'American Protestantism' were truly distracting. I highly doubt that 'affluent North America' is the only place where one would find this prevalence of belief in Gnostic ideas.
Gnostic gospels are intriguing; they are compilations of wisdom sayings accredited to Jesus Christ. The question being "How do the Gospels influence our knowledge of Christ?" is addressed by Wright in this book: the Gnostic Gospels do not tell us anything historically informative about Jesus as they do about the culture that was interpreting the Scriptures and writing these gospels.
Good explanation not only of The Gospel of Judas but also of Gnosticism itself. Wright clearly outlines the differences between Gnosticism and traditional Judaism and Christianity. Sometimes difficult to understand and best read with a copy of the Bible and a dictionary in hand. Still a good read, interspersed with good humor. I would highly recommend this book.
This book is N. T. Wright's discussion of the relationship between gnosticism and Christianity. He basis his argument on the metanarrative he had constructed from his historical research. I wouldn't recommend it, but if you are interested in N. T. Wright, and want to know something about his views about gnosticism, have at it.
Not only does this book cover the content and meaning of the gospel of Judas while putting it in its proper historical context, but it also offers a primer on Gnosticism and a scathing indictment of the neo-Gnosticism that has crept into the modern church and western society in general.
Reading NT Wright is like listening to him speak. His points are clear and concise. He has no reason to stoop to name calling or arrogance towards those he disputes and he does not do so. An excellent explanation of the differences between Gnosticism and Christianity.
A good and fair book about Gnosticism. Wright uses a more approachable writing style than in his other books. Again, he is baiting the reader with a title like "Have We Missed the Truth about Christianity?" The answer, as always with Wright's subtitles, is no.
N.T. Wright is what I call the "preacher's preacher." He is obviously at the top of his profession and rightly so. Though I don't run in circles with those who discuss this issue, perhaps you do. Reading it can only clarify and probably add to what you already know.