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Re: The author's inspiration.

Post by lucia_kizas » 09 May 2019, 08:45

Ellylion wrote:
03 May 2019, 14:43
The author is not the first one to start a controversial discussion addressing Gnostic beliefs. I guess Dan Brown made them a popular trend still years ago :)
Actually Dan Brown was not the first one. The ideas he included in Da Vinci Code were already published in 1982 in the book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Dan Brown used the research those authors did to turn it into a fiction book.

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Post by lucia_kizas » 09 May 2019, 08:49

There are many reasons people choose to write one book or another. In this case, if the author indeed spent a lot of time researching the portrayal of Judas in different texts, it is quite clear why he would like to put all the research findings into a book. Actually, to me, it is quite logical that somebody would ask - why is Judas interpreted the way he is. I mean, it has never been a secret to Jesus who was going to betray him, and yet Judas was one of his favorite disciples until the end. So, yes, that does ask for the explanation :)

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Post by amjohnson13mommy » 09 May 2019, 10:29

I think it was just a topic he was interesting in pursuing.
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Post by amandathebibliophile » 09 May 2019, 11:37

It appears to be to convince fundamental Christians to re-think their opinion of Judas.

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Post by brown09 » 10 May 2019, 04:09

Who knows? Maybe the author was deeply fascinated by the words of the bible, the people who believe in them, and/or the impact that it has had on history of its popularity. I've seen a lot of people like him in my region of the world, but then again, I'm in the Bible Belt of the U.S.A.

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Post by Artizi » 10 May 2019, 11:31

He probably was interested in the many texts which are nowadays considered Apocrypha by the church and not accepted into its cannon.
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Post by flaming_quills » 10 May 2019, 14:38

There are always two sides to a story and I think the author just wanted to bring out the side that most people had chosen to ignore for so long (almost 2000 years). He made a good attempt, that I have to say.

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Post by Sahansdal » 10 May 2019, 14:59

lucia_kizas wrote:
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There are many reasons people choose to write one book or another. In this case, if the author indeed spent a lot of time researching the portrayal of Judas in different texts, it is quite clear why he would like to put all the research findings into a book. Actually, to me, it is quite logical that somebody would ask - why is Judas interpreted the way he is. I mean, it has never been a secret to Jesus who was going to betray him, and yet Judas was one of his favorite disciples until the end. So, yes, that does ask for the explanation :)
The one I find most implausible is why soldiers who were tasked to keep peace in the Temple, and Jerusalem in general, day after day, would need Judas to kiss him to identify him! It is clear what the kiss of James meant in the original gnostic Apocalypse of James -- the source of the kiss of Judas.

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Post by Sahansdal » 10 May 2019, 15:08

Cecilia_L wrote:
03 May 2019, 21:26
I also got the impression that the author was inspired by Gnostic beliefs. I once heard a very thought-provoking sermon suggesting how Judas's life would have differed if had waited three days rather than acting on impulses. I feel compassion for Judas, but I don't agree he was the Savior.
Cecilia,

I am the author. There was no Judas! I am absolutely certain of this. He was a literary creation to hide James. James was a savior, the one I think followed John the Baptist. (Many saviors makes more sense than just one, and I go into it in both my books.) This is the theme of the book. Did you read it? I have read extensively on this and spent years researching it. Jesus was, I believe, a composite character, assembled from details of John and James. There is zero independent historical evidence for Jesus. The New Testament is fiction, not history.

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Post by Sahansdal » 10 May 2019, 15:25

brown09 wrote:
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Who knows? Maybe the author was deeply fascinated by the words of the bible, the people who believe in them, and/or the impact that it has had on history of its popularity. I've seen a lot of people like him in my region of the world, but then again, I'm in the Bible Belt of the U.S.A.
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I am the author. I am fascinated by the Bible and its hold on people. I am even more fascinated by living Masters. They do exist. There has never been just one savior. They themselves say (in John 9:4-5, probably by James, not Jesus, with "sent US" in 9:4 like the original Codex Sinaiticus text has it) that the world is never without at least one. That is the 'big story.'

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Post by maritzaalston » 11 May 2019, 10:13

Inspiration sometimes comes from within. Sometimes listening to someone or witnessing an event may inspire. A book may inspire to learn more or act. In thinking about what inspires me and my journey, it is sharing the knowledge I have gained.

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Post by Fazzier » 11 May 2019, 10:19

I think the author is just trying to promote Gnosticism though I also have a feeling that his intention, at its most basic level, is some kind of insidious.

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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 12 May 2019, 05:08

Michgal 32 wrote:
03 May 2019, 03:42
What do you think could be the author's inspiration in writing this book?
Trying to pass his acceptance of the Gospel of Judas.

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Post by briellejee » 12 May 2019, 06:30

Ellylion wrote:
03 May 2019, 14:43
The author is not the first one to start a controversial discussion addressing Gnostic beliefs. I guess Dan Brown made them a popular trend still years ago :)
I agree on this one that Dan Brown may have planted a seed on the curious minds with his books.
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Post by briellejee » 12 May 2019, 06:32

Also, I think the notion "people aren't born villains" was the other reason for the author to dig in much deeper about Judas. Judas, being the bad guy, surely has a "backstory" that may have contributed to him being a traitor. Though a creative approach, I don't think twisting the bible itself is a good thing.
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