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Re: Official Review: Misreading Judas by Robert Wahler

Post by Abigail R » 06 Aug 2018, 19:55

This sounds like an intriguing read with interesting theories. I was first interested in the title itself. Thanks for the review!

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Post by EvaDar » 06 Aug 2018, 20:04

abigailray1013 wrote:
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This sounds like an intriguing read with interesting theories. I was first interested in the title itself. Thanks for the review!
Yes, it really is a compelling experience to see a solid comparative analysis applied to this story. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Post by EvaDar » 07 Aug 2018, 09:12

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06 Aug 2018, 15:29
Interesting, I like reading different perspectives. I'm going to have to look into this a little further. Thanks for the review.
Yes, I find the comparative analysis of different religious texts fascinating. This author does a good job. Thanks so much for dropping by.
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Post by Kat Berg » 08 Aug 2018, 14:30

I am sure this is a fascinating book, even if it reads as a Gnostic apologetic. I doubt a little that biblical scholars immersed in the knowledge of Ancient Eastern culture rejected the book of Judas because they misunderstood it. But that is, in large part, what faith is about. We decide what we do and do not believe. In the more recent years, there has definitely been a resurgence in the Gnostic version of Christianity. (Truly, many Christians beliefs more resemble Gnosticism than Orthodoxy.) I am glad you enjoyed this book and sorry for geeking out a little bit in my reply! (I love this kind of discussion but have decided opinions :shock2: )

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Post by EvaDar » 08 Aug 2018, 15:16

Kat Berg wrote:
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I am sure this is a fascinating book, even if it reads as a Gnostic apologetic. I doubt a little that biblical scholars immersed in the knowledge of Ancient Eastern culture rejected the book of Judas because they misunderstood it. But that is, in large part, what faith is about. We decide what we do and do not believe. In the more recent years, there has definitely been a resurgence in the Gnostic version of Christianity. (Truly, many Christians beliefs more resemble Gnosticism than Orthodoxy.) I am glad you enjoyed this book and sorry for geeking out a little bit in my reply! (I love this kind of discussion but have decided opinions :shock2: )
I am happy about your geeked out reply. :) I got pretty drawn in by this book. I'd love to know what you think about it, if you decide to read it. Yes, while the author cites a certain level of misunderstanding by biblical scholars, he believes that the Gnostic truths were suppressed intentionally. And it's true. We get to choose our beliefs, and how our beliefs evolve. I was raised Christian but was never devout - studied Buddhism and various forms of Eastern mysticism for a number of years. Through that experience I was exposed to the Gnostic gospels. I guess I didn't know that Gnosticism was becoming more commonly accepted among Christians. Here's to faith! Thanks for the dialogue.
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Post by ReaderBoy2 » 20 Aug 2018, 15:09

Wow, interesting subject. Yes your review left me wanting to read the book for sure! Thank you.

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Post by EvaDar » 20 Aug 2018, 23:41

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Wow, interesting subject. Yes your review left me wanting to read the book for sure! Thank you.
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my review. It really is a pretty interesting book. I hope you get the chance to read it.
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Post by Kgaelsdottir » 02 Sep 2018, 19:53

I'll have to dive into this book at some point; I am well familiar with Gnostic tradition, as it was considered heretical in the Middle Ages, and I'm an academic focusing on the Medieval period. The only thing I wanted to clarify from the review: what school of Gnosticism is he referring to? There are many, and they each suggest different elements and interpretations. But the review definitely makes me want to read the book to perhaps answer that question. ;)

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Post by EvaDar » 02 Sep 2018, 23:13

Kgaelsdottir wrote:
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I'll have to dive into this book at some point; I am well familiar with Gnostic tradition, as it was considered heretical in the Middle Ages, and I'm an academic focusing on the Medieval period. The only thing I wanted to clarify from the review: what school of Gnosticism is he referring to? There are many, and they each suggest different elements and interpretations. But the review definitely makes me want to read the book to perhaps answer that question. ;)
It's been a while since I read the book and I don't recall the author specifying what school of Gnosticism. I will look in my notes and see if I can find anything. Thanks for dropping by.
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Post by Kgaelsdottir » 04 Sep 2018, 20:29

No worries!!! Gnosticism is a broad topic--but maybe that's much more true just to those of us who are academics and tend to specify more than most...(add requisite humorous tone here)... ;)

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Post by EvaDar » 04 Sep 2018, 21:16

Kgaelsdottir wrote:
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No worries!!! Gnosticism is a broad topic--but maybe that's much more true just to those of us who are academics and tend to specify more than most...(add requisite humorous tone here)... ;)
After I posted last, I Googled Gnosticism schools and my jaw was on the floor. I couldn't believe how many sects there are. I am really behind the curve. Need to study this a little more. Thanks for the discussion.
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Post by gali » 19 Dec 2018, 06:33

A book showing Judas as a savior sounds very refreshing and original. The author offers a new interpretation of the relationship between Jesus and Judas, and based his claims on the Gnostic tradition. It is nice that the writing is clear, well written, and organized. Thank you for the review!
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Post by mercylynne » 19 Dec 2018, 06:46

Thank you for the wonderful review ,although am not familiar with Eastern mysticism so I cannot really relate.

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Post by Kister Bless » 19 Dec 2018, 06:49

Misreading Judas by Robert Wahler sounds like a good book. I love religious books with different perspectives about our beliefs about religious matters. It's such an impressive comparative analysis. I will definitely give it a try. Great review!
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Post by Shraddha singh » 19 Dec 2018, 07:02

The name itself seems to be very mysterious so I'm excited to read this book

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