Thirteenth Apostle by April D. DeConick
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Thirteenth Apostle
By April D. DeConick

The Thirteenth Apostle

What the Gospel of Judas Really Says

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Thirteenth Apostle by April D. DeConick

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In 2006, National Geographic 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" which seriously challenges the National Geographic interpretation of a good Judas. Inspired by the efforts of the National Geographic team 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." DeConick contends that the "Gospel of Judas" is not about a "good" Judas, or even a "poor old" Judas. It is a gospel parody about a "demon" Judas written by a particular group of Gnostic Christians known as the Sethians who lived in the second century CE. The purpose of the text was to criticize "mainstream" or apostolic Christianity from the point of view of these Gnostic Christians, especially their doctrine of atonement, their Eucharistic practices, and their creedal faith which they claimed to have inherited from the twelve disciples. Professor DeConick provides her English translation and interpretation of this newly recovered gospel within the previously overlooked context of a Christianity in the second century that was sectarian and conflicted. 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826499646
ISBN-10: 0826499643
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 22mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 19-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Thirteenth Apostle by April D. DeConick Thirteenth Apostle, Paperback (April 2009)

In 2006, National Geographic released the first English translation of the "Gospel of Judas", a second-century text discovered in Egypt in the 1970s. This title offers a fresh translation of the "Gospel of Judas" which seriously challenges the National Geographic interpretation of a good Judas.

Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation by April D. DeConick Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation, Paperback (August 2007)

Provides an English translation of the entire "Gospel of Thomas", which includes the original 'kernel' of the Gospel and all the sayings. This book also includes translations to the parallels of the Gospel.

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Author Biography - April D. DeConick

April D. DeConick is the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University (Houston, Texas).

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