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Re: The author's inspiration.

Post by Katherine Smith » 21 May 2019, 16:40

I think that the primary aim of the author was two fold. First, he wanted to show Christians and nonbelievers that the Bible isn't fact, but one viewpoint from early Christianity. Secondly, the author wanted to explain this point by pulling in the views of the Gnostics and other early Christian groups who were different from the mainline Church.
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Post by Nerea » 22 May 2019, 01:30

It could be to voice out his opinion to the readers. And it would have made a lot of sense if the book could have been categorized under other fiction books and not non-fiction.
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Post by jlrinc » 23 May 2019, 04:38

His obvious inspiration is Robert Eisenman who wrote the book James the Lords Brother. It is not held in high regard by most New Testament scholars. It is over 1000 pages long, 800 hundred of highly implausible conjecture and 200 pages of some of the most interesting New Testament Scholarship of the last century. The author of Misreading Judas takes all the worst parts of Eisenmans book as his starting point. The title of Misreading Judas is an homage to Dr. Bart Erhmans book Misquoting Jesus. A more honest title would be Misreading Sources since the author seems to misunderstand virtually every book he refers to. Its written in a way that if you have no background in Gnosticism it sounds like he's really done his homework, but he mentions in his book how he has received no responses from his inquiries to the translators of the Gospel of Judas which I completely understand. It would be like trying to get Neil Degrass Tyson to comment on your theory proving the world is shaped like a soup can.

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Post by jlrinc » 23 May 2019, 04:38

:tiphat: Thank you, I'll be here all week!

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Post by OliviaLouise » 23 May 2019, 09:15

I suppose Judas meant something significant to the author which made him look into Judas more. From there, he felt he had something worth sharing.
Maybe he just wanted to change the way the world looks at things.

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Post by Amystl26 » 23 May 2019, 14:40

WaryReader wrote:
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I think he just wants to get his unorthodox opinion out there. If he knows anything about the Christian faith, he should know that his book conveys a pretty controversial message, but maybe he wants to express something that he found profound and worthwhile in a professional way. :techie-reference:
Not only do I like and agree with your response, but I respect it: "but maybe he want to express something that he found profound and worthwhile in a professional way." Well put!

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Post by Amystl26 » 23 May 2019, 14:40

WaryReader wrote:
03 May 2019, 10:42
I think he just wants to get his unorthodox opinion out there. If he knows anything about the Christian faith, he should know that his book conveys a pretty controversial message, but maybe he wants to express something that he found profound and worthwhile in a professional way. :techie-reference:
Not only do I like and agree with your response, but I respect it: "but maybe he want to express something that he found profound and worthwhile in a professional way." Well put!

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Post by Washboard » 23 May 2019, 23:14

Sahansdal wrote:
04 May 2019, 09:17
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 am no to be compared to Dan Brown. I hate that! He writes fiction. I'm interested in explaining in the best way possible what is really happening with the ancient texts and what the Church did.
I think it is fair to make a distinction here. Dan Brown used religion as an inspiration to tell fiction, and never claimed it was real. This author on the other hand is reinterpreting these documents in order to tell a different version of the truth. While Dan Brown's writing maybe helped set the stage for the layperson to be more interested in a book such as this, I think they cannot be categorized together.
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Post by eastandalchemy » 24 May 2019, 16:01

Like so many before me have said, it's important to question everything, even the things we've been taught to blindly follow in the name of faith.

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Post by colorsparkle » 26 May 2019, 09:08

I think he’s challenging others to rethink their religious beliefs instead of accepting what they’ve been told.

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Post by iced_sunshine » 26 May 2019, 10:00

There are two sides to every story and with this, I think the author was just trying to tell the side that had been ignored and twisted for so long. In a way, he was trying to set the record straight.

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Post by SorcPenz » 26 May 2019, 15:01

Inspired? Well, I mean if you read the newly discovered Gospel of Judas and came to this conclusion, that Judas wasn't guilt, wouldn't you want to share it with the world? The Dead Sea Scrolls are interesting because they're the oldest text not yet edited and changed, so we get a closer to the truth picture of the Bible and the time period it comes from. The idea of the Dead Sea Scrolls being translated and interpreted today, with our cultural values of authenticity and truth, historical truth, means that there might be less mistranslation, less interpretation to suit needs and just the raw truth. The Gospel of Judas, as well as the Gospel of Thomas, points some accusatory fingers at the current version of the Bible. I don't quite agree with where the author went with it, but I do see that any differences between the current Bible and the newly discovered gospels should be emphasized.

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Post by The_book_of_t » 27 May 2019, 13:01

Writing about controversial religious beliefs is not a first and this book will be succeeded by a new vision. I do like the fact that author’s can and do discuss controversial topics to inspire the thoughts of author’s after them. As they themselves were inspired by those before them.

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Post by Amanda Newton » 28 May 2019, 22:11

It sounds to me like the author wanted to get his ideas and opinions out there. The goal probably wasn't to fight against or end Christianity, but like most authors to put out their opinion and spread the word of something different.

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Post by beccabecky » 29 May 2019, 00:44

I think his inspiration is to inspire debate on the issue and showcase his research on the subject. It's interesting and well-researched, I think!

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