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The Thirteenth Apostle
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The Thirteenth Apostle

What the Gospel of Judas Really Says

by April D. DeConick
Revised Edition

Forthcoming May 2009

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The first book to challenge The National Geographic version of the Gospel of Judas, The Thirteenth Apostle is sure to inspire to fresh debate around this most infamous of biblical figures. In 2006 The National G eographic Society released the first English translation of the Gospel of Judas, a second-century text discovered in Egypt in the 1970s. The translation caused a sensation because it seemed to overturn the popular image of Judas the betrayer and instead presented a benevolent Judas who was a friend of Jesus.

In The Thirteenth Apostle, April DeConick offers a new translation of the Gospel of Judas that seriously challenges The National Geographic interpretation. Inspired by The National Geographic Society's efforts to piece together this ancient manuscript, DeConick sought out the original Coptic text and began her own translation: "I didn't find the sublime Judas, at least not in Coptic. What I found were a series of English translation choices made by the National Geographic team, choices that permitted a different Judas to emerge in the English translation than in the Coptic original. Judas was not only not sublime, he was far more demonic than any Judas I know in any other piece of early Christian literature, Gnostic or otherwise." ľApril D. DeConick.

This fully revised and updated edition includes a substantial new preface which reflects upon the controversial reception of The Thirteenth Apostle and the developments in scholarship that have been made since then. These developments are taken into account by an entirely new chapter, 'Judas the Star'.

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Publisher: Continuum
Publication info: Forthcoming May 2009
Bibliographic info: 224 pages
Language(s): English

   

Cover: Paper

 

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