Review by Bluebird03 -- Misreading Judas by Robert Wahler

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Review by Bluebird03 -- Misreading Judas by Robert Wahler

Post by Bluebird03 » 04 May 2019, 21:49

[Following is a volunteer review of "Misreading Judas" by Robert Wahler.]
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In Misreading Judas, Wahler examines the early gnostic Gospel of Judas. This particular gospel is reported to have been lost for 1,700 years. It was discovered, in a preserved state, in an Egyptian cave. This gospel was first translated by the National Geographic Society in 2006. The Gospel of Judas challenges the previous thought, as described in the New Testament, that Judas actually betrayed Jesus. Instead, Wahler asserts that Judas was carrying out the orders of Jesus. By doing this, Judas achieved the ultimate gnostic goal of self-sacrifice.

Additionally, Wahler concludes that “Judas was fictional, Jesus didn’t die for anyone, and that James was the real savior”. He also claims that James was “one of a long line of saviors which didn’t begin or end with him”. These assertions are only the beginning. Readers will be surprised to learn of other examples between what is stated in The Bible and what Wahler states actually occurred.

This book poses a fascinating premise and introduces the reader to terms such as Gnosticism and Mysticism. Wahler defines each of these terms for the reader; therefore, no dictionary is required. His tone is authoritative, defensive and, at times, bordering on arrogant. Wahler is immensely frustrated with the writings in the New Testament (“orthodox corruption”) and the massive “cover-up” of what he, and other scholars, sees as the truth. He calls out a few biblical scholars by name and urges them to abandon their continued views of biblical works of fiction and see the truth. Wahler actually pleads with readers to “read the Gospel of Judas as the Gnostic text that it is. Stop importing a New Testament bias into it”.

Wahler is meticulous in his research. The reader will readily see that the author has done a very thorough job in explaining the comparisons between different scriptures. Additionally, I appreciate that he lists resources for further study. Fortunately, the book appears to have been well edited. Also, at just over 100 pages, it is a fairly short read. Wahler’s thoughts are well organized and he divides his book into four basic areas of study.

My only dislike about this book is the difficulty that I encountered in reading it. There were often pages of scripture quoted and then short breaks of explanations. Even though I am familiar with scripture in The Bible, I found myself having to reread Wahler’s quotes from the Gospel of Judas and his comparisons several times. However, this is a personal preference and not enough to detract from the rating of the book.

Based on the reasons stated, I award Misreading Judas by Robert Wahler 4 out of 4 stars. This guide will undoubtedly appeal to historians, theologians and Gnostics. Biblical scholars may also wish to read this book and weigh in on Wahler’s theories. Conversely, Christians, or anyone, offended by the author presenting a new interpretation of the relationship between Jesus and Judas may want to avoid this publication. I recommend this read to those with an open mind and a curious nature.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 16 May 2019, 13:28

An assertive tone in a book like this I feel is actually necessary. Anything short of that and the author runs the risk of not backing his own story. Although, that type of tone could be a turn off for some.

I really enjoyed your review!
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Post by amjohnson13mommy » 16 May 2019, 17:02

Wow, anyone who loves Jesus will absolutely hate this book! But if he can prove he has done his research it should be hard to discount. For me, his tone would become a quick turn off.
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Post by maggi3 » 16 May 2019, 19:51

I could see how this book might anger some Christians, but I personally feel like they should read it anyway. People should understand why they believe what they believe, and part of that is looking at different views. Either way, this sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Bluebird03 » 18 May 2019, 23:17

Bianka Walter wrote: ↑
16 May 2019, 13:28
An assertive tone in a book like this I feel is actually necessary. Anything short of that and the author runs the risk of not backing his own story. Although, that type of tone could be a turn off for some.

I really enjoyed your review!
He was definitely convinced of his position and I appreciated his devotion to his ideas. Thank you, Bianka, for reading my review and for your thoughtful comments! :)

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Post by Bluebird03 » 18 May 2019, 23:19

amjohnson13mommy wrote: ↑
16 May 2019, 17:02
Wow, anyone who loves Jesus will absolutely hate this book! But if he can prove he has done his research it should be hard to discount. For me, his tone would become a quick turn off.
For anyone interested in reading a different view, the author does an excellent job of presenting his side. Thank you for your comments and for reading my review! :)

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Post by Bluebird03 » 18 May 2019, 23:21

maggi3 wrote: ↑
16 May 2019, 19:51
I could see how this book might anger some Christians, but I personally feel like they should read it anyway. People should understand why they believe what they believe, and part of that is looking at different views. Either way, this sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the review!
I agree that it is important to look at different views. It certainly was an interesting read. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. :)

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Post by amjohnson13mommy » 21 May 2019, 10:07

That is an interesting and very open minded reply. I feel the same way. Even if I didn't I respect your reasoning.
Thank you!
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Post by Wanja Hannah » 11 Jul 2019, 02:10

The book sounds contraversial though, It sounds interesting. I would like to read and see the author's think and his point of view.

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Post by Charlie19 » 11 Jul 2019, 02:53

I am thinking about..other books not to read due to the concept of the book, it kind of oppose my religious view..Anyway nice review.

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Post by Ekta Swarnkar » 11 Jul 2019, 03:54

Books like this often result chaos only if, the proofs are provided for a point. I think even the writer needs a lot of courage for such topic. It is interesting to read such a book. Amazing review!
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Post by esp1975 » 24 Jul 2019, 13:07

I found the book and the theories presented fascinating, but then, I am not religious, but have an interest in religion as an area of study. I think what most struck me in the book was the author's arrogance. I thought what he had to say was interesting, but coming from an academic background, it always strikes me as the height of arrogance (and also goes completely against academic standards) when he said that the only way to move forward in study of the New Testament was to accept his interpretation.

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Post by allbooked+ » 24 Jul 2019, 19:37

I like to have an open mind when reading new interpretations of things that have been studied for, well, thousands of years. With that said,I thought this author tries too hard to insert his authority which should stand on his own research. I would read this just to know where others ideas come from. Thank you for the insightful review!

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