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"Wahler is not entirely alone in his progressive positions. Some cursory research on my part revealed that there is growing consensus among religious scholars for Wahler’s view of Judas as beloved and obedient disciple, rather than betrayer. The author’s belief in the succession of Masters is, however, another story. This is where he is out on a limb. Save non-Christians and very progressive theologians, support for this conclusion is less enthusiastic, to be sure."
Judging from this excerpt from the review above, one may indeed be convinced that Judas is actually James the just. Looking at it from our everyday perspective, it is difficult to believe that someone who was that close to Jesus would actually betray him. It will be easier for such a person to take the fall for Jesus instead but then, friends do betray each other. It therefore follows that Judas might also have betrayed Jesus.
However, I am open minded and I do believe that the author's assertion might be correct. This is a very insightful review and I completely love it.
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I have not heard of the gnostic texts but find the work of such scholars fascinating. During my childhood I was taught the story of Judas as if it were fact and as an adult this makes me uncomfortable - I appreciate seeing new analyses and research being done in this area. Thanks for your review.
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The challenge of our forefathers in this book is intriguing.Robert whaler writes that there was this gnostic succession called mastership succession.This masters must have then been recognized by what they brought to the table, though i can not stop to say that it's like being lost in darkness with only a burning candle and one has to find a way out before it burns out.Thanks for an excellent review.