Judas: The Most Hated Name in History by Peter Stanford

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Read Judas: The Most Hated Name in History Online Free - In this fascinating historical and cultural biography, Peter Stanford deconstructs that most vilified of Bible characters: Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Beginning with the gospel accounts, Stanford explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to investigate how the very name Judas came to be synonymous with betrayal and, ultimately, human evil. But as the author points out, there has long been a counter-current of thought that suggests that Judas might in fact have been victim of a terrible injustice: central to Jesus' mission was his death and resurrection, and for there to have been a death, there had to be a betrayal. This thankless role fell to Judas; should we in fact be grateful to him for his role in the divine drama of salvation? "You'll have to decide," as Bob Dylan sang in the sixties, "Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side." An essential but doomed character in the Passion narrative, and thus the entire story of Christianity, Judas and the betrayal he symbolizes continue to play out in much larger cultural histories, speaking as he does to our deepest fears about friendship, betrayal, and the problem of evil.

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ISBN : 1619027097
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Petra rated it ★★★★★

August 25, 2016

Fascinating! This history of Judas and the perception of Judas through the ages was completely fascinating. The author starts by looking at the Gospels, both those in the bible and the Gnostic ones, that mention Judas. He compares/contrasts what is written. Judas is, surprisingly, very vaguely men...

Joseph rated it ★★★☆☆

May 16, 2017

'Alas for that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born!' Jesus's words as found in the Gospel of Matthew could hardly be harsher. And Judas Iscariot has certainly suffered from bad press since the days of the early Church, his name held synonymous wit...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

April 14, 2015

Peter Stanford has written one of the most interesting biographies of a Biblical character whose name is still known by one and all today as the ultimate and most despicable traitor the name which we call any traitor, Judas. Peter Stanford has written a fantastic account of Judas from the Gospels...

Ina rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2016

Judas what does you feel or link this name to Treachery.Double Crossing.Selling out all this bad names are linked to that name but the Author tries to Deconstruct this theory which prevailed for 2000 years and tries to put that that name in favor light because without Judas selling out Jesus to roman...

Maria rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2017

Peter Stanford investigates the historicity and story of Judas. He does this in a chronological order, first he writes about the earliest mentions of his name. Then he builds on this and even describes the 20th century and our current feelings about Judas. A very interesting book with a lot of in...

Rachael rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2017

Much like the author, I attended Catholic schools and wound up thinking that Judas had received a raw deal. The Passion was a key part of the calendar when I was growing up; as we went through the distressing, grisly events one more time, I found it difficult to reconcile all the conflicting piec...

Kekepania rated it ★★★★★

November 10, 2017

Judas – the aptly named ‘renegade apostle’ – is, without doubt, the most compelling and intriguing followers of Jesus Christ. As a firm believer in Judas’ predestined role as God’s agent I have yearned for many years to read a comprehensive review of his life and surrounding mythology. This book...

John rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2017

great mental exercising Question who was Judas--Really now??

Ben rated it ★★★★☆

February 28, 2017

A fascinating read, sifting through the Biblical references to try and gain a picture of Judas and then tracing through popular thought through the ages to see how this enigmatic figure had been seen in the public imagination. Whilst I have a more evangelical view of scripture than Stanford and s...

Bahiji rated it ★★★★★

December 27, 2016

  I have just discovered the work of Peter Stanford for the first time when reading his book Judas Judas is perhaps the most hated man and the most famous character in the human history, everyone knows his story or at least everyone knows that he was a traitor. Who has never heard of the kiss of Ju...

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