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Overall rating and opinion of "Misreading Judas" by Robert Wahler

Post by gali » 30 Apr 2019, 22:44

This is a discussion topic for the May 2019 Book of the Month, Misreading Judas: How Biblical Scholars Missed the Biggest Story of All Time by Robert Wahler

What is your overall opinion of the book? What do you like most about it? What do you like least? Will you recommend the book to other people? Why or why not?

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Post by Ellylion » 01 May 2019, 07:16

The book raises very interesting questions and shows well known events in the different light. I haven't read the book yet, but really looking forward to. I can accept the idea that Judas sacrificed himself or just fulfilled his duty.

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Post by Lindsey Klaus » 01 May 2019, 17:18

It's definitely a book I want to read. I was bummed that the sample only included other people's opinions on the book, as I was really looking forward to getting a taste of things. Still, I think it sounds really interesting. While I don't always agree, I love theories that challenge widely accepted beliefs, because widely accepted beliefs are not always based on fact or logic. But we don't even realize this, because that belief has been so ingrained in us since childhood. A few very powerful people get a hold of some very influential texts and warp them to fit their own narrative - that might not be the case here, but it has been the case in many other things throughout history. If that's what happened, I'd like to be more knowledgeable about it, even though I don't typically read religious or spiritual books. I really want to see what his evidence is and come to my own conclusions.

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Post by Vscholz » 01 May 2019, 20:15

I started this book a while ago. I love the idea behind it, but I wasn't able to fully understand what was being said. That isn't to speak poorly of the author--he certainly did his research, but I think the target audience is very specific. A basic understanding of Gnostic beliefs is definitely a must.
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Post by bigscarythingy » 01 May 2019, 20:39

I was raised a Christian and spent a lot of time researching the scriptures in depth. Anytime someone has a fresh take on things, I'm usually open and ready. This book has some very unique ideas and I like the idea that Judas has been harshly misjudged all this time. Many non-Christian religions posit the belief that Jesus was just another holy man, and I think it's a conceit worthy of some consideration. The fact that Judas was purportedly accelerating the succession of religious figureheads is fascinating and I think the book has some real value in the theological arena.
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Post by gen_g » 01 May 2019, 21:04

I haven't read it yet, but it definitely seems like a well-put-together book. I haven't thought of looking at Judas from the Gnostic POV, and the author certainly seems to have addressed this lack well in his book.

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Post by srividyag1 » 01 May 2019, 21:14

I was born into a religion with a multitude of gods. I’ve always been curious about Christianity and its history; the role it played in shaping the world’s history. I gather that what the author deals with in this book is a very controversial topic. When I read the sample, it consisted of mostly reviews from other publications. Yet, the introduction itself reads like a research paper. I am curious about how mysticism and Christian beliefs are linked. I am interested in reading this book because I like having a healthy debate about many deep-rooted systems. I believe that any new knowledge that comes to light should be treated with the dispassionate eye of science and research and used for the betterment of humanity.
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Post by Samy Lax » 01 May 2019, 23:07

The author presents some interesting arguments throughout the book. However, this is not a genre I am interested in. And that means that I might not be the right person to rate this either. However, those who want to know more about Jesus and Judas might greatly enjoy reading this one!
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Post by Jbcitygirl » 01 May 2019, 23:54

I would recommend this book to be viewed by all churches for their interpretation on the subject matter. What if this elaborate cover of up changes history as we know it. If it was a matter of misinterpretation; this opens up a can of worms, because who’s to say there isn’t more of the Bible that has been misinterpreted? One could argue that everything written was guided by the hand of God, but man is sinful and not without fault. This book could lead to hours of debate!

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Post by juliusotieno02 » 02 May 2019, 02:43

The book, though short, present a precise but complete argument about the Judas' case. I love the authors view and like his arguments and presentations. I'll give it 4 out of 4 stars such a thought-provoking book.
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Post by Julehart1 » 02 May 2019, 03:12

This is not a book genre that I would personally be interested in. But, it sounds like the book is challenging people’s peceptions of Judas and weather he really betrayed Jesus. It’s an intriguing way of looking at things. It raises some valid questions and seems to be a well put together book. People can really debate the validity of this book because it’s a unique perspective, but having discussions and even debates about this topic could lead to interesting conversations.

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Post by Kibetious » 02 May 2019, 04:58

srividyag1 wrote:
01 May 2019, 21:14
I was born into a religion with a multitude of gods. I’ve always been curious about Christianity and its history; the role it played in shaping the world’s history. I gather that what the author deals with in this book is a very controversial topic. When I read the sample, it consisted of mostly reviews from other publications. Yet, the introduction itself reads like a research paper. I am curious about how mysticism and Christian beliefs are linked. I am interested in reading this book because I like having a healthy debate about many deep-rooted systems. I believe that any new knowledge that comes to light should be treated with the dispassionate eye of science and research and used for the betterment of humanity.
This is great. The topic is indeed controversial but I believe that for anyone who is open-minded, it still makes a good read. Eventually, the choice whether to believe or not is left with the reader.
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Post by Kibetious » 02 May 2019, 05:08

Jbcitygirl wrote:
01 May 2019, 23:54
I would recommend this book to be viewed by all churches for their interpretation on the subject matter. What if this elaborate cover of up changes history as we know it. If it was a matter of misinterpretation; this opens up a can of worms, because who’s to say there isn’t more of the Bible that has been misinterpreted? One could argue that everything written was guided by the hand of God, but man is sinful and not without fault. This book could lead to hours of debate!
It is true that the book can be viewed by churches but I guess some may have come other literature contianing the contents of the documents that the author used as references here. The certain thing is that the book could lead to lengthy debates and discussions.
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Post by Kibetious » 02 May 2019, 05:12

Vscholz wrote:
01 May 2019, 20:15
I started this book a while ago. I love the idea behind it, but I wasn't able to fully understand what was being said. That isn't to speak poorly of the author--he certainly did his research, but I think the target audience is very specific. A basic understanding of Gnostic beliefs is definitely a must.
This makes the book a bit complicated then. I also have not read the entire book but I am purposing to read it. I wouldn't like to miss what the author has to say about Judas.
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Post by allbooked+ » 02 May 2019, 08:15

I am not sure this book is for me but I will give it a try. I wish that the sample was more than reviews of the authors work - although I was surprised that they were critical at points - so that we could get a better flavor for the authors writing. Also, it is pointed out that the author 'wants us to read the Gospel of Judas without a New Testament bias'. That should not mean that you can't take the New Testament into account. I feel that a true study of any of the books should take into account all of the books, otherwise you will have tunnel vision and the full picture will not present itself.

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