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As I sat down in my comfy, quiet place to read this book, I thought, "Well, here it is, get ready to get your mind blown by overwhelming evidence that Judas was not the betrayer." However, that is not the case with this book. Misreading Judas by Robert Wahler is an exhaustive breakdown of purportedly Gnostic writings, The Gospel of Judas. The author, in my opinion, does not give this fairly recent-found writings justice. In fact, I considered the author to adopt an extremely biased approach to these writings.
The actual writings in themselves are intriguing but the author's conclusions are disappointing. I tried my best to approach this book without the canonical influence as the author has requested but that also means that you can't look at the writings with the author's overwhelming prejudicial influence as well. What I did discover from this account was decidedly interesting. I believe that the writings, taken by themselves, back up the story that we are given through the Bible.
As a lay person, armed with only the internet and my own intelligence, I tackled these interpretations. As I waded my way through this book, I found several discrepancies in the author's interpretations. For example, "he has raised his heel against me, this I tell you so that you will believe I am who I say I am." The author tries breaking this down to a root word discrepancy and to me forces the whole passage into garbled nonsense. There are many more "interpretations" and thought put to unreadable passages to the Gospel of Judas translations, done deliberately to guide you towards the author's "findings."
The author leads you through a portion of text and then relates other texts to this passage. However, at the point when you would have a question, the progression of this investigation, he then puts you off saying he will get back to that point later. Seemingly putting off the reader in a dismissive fashion.
One other thing that seemed annoying and a total reach to me, the total dismissal of a couple of the disciples. He completely dismisses them as nonexistent and states quite emphatically that they represent nothing but covers for one identity.
Understanding that this is a controversial subject and that it took an enormous amount of time and effort to put this book together, I have awarded the book one out of four stars. I could not in good conscience recommend this book to any one unless it was put into a more cohesive order. I would subsequently find it hard, I am grieved to have to say, to endorse this book to anyone that I know.
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