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In this attention-grabbing ancient and cultural biography, author and broadcaster Peter Stanford deconstructs that the majority vilified of Bible characters: Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. starting with the gospel money owed, Peter explores thousand years of cultural and theological heritage to enquire how the very identify Judas got here to be synonymous with betrayal and, finally, human evil.

But as Peter issues out, there has lengthy been a counter-current of notion that means that Judas may possibly in truth were sufferer of a poor injustice: crucial to Jesus' venture used to be his loss of life and resurrection, and for there to were a loss of life, there needed to be a betrayal. This thankless position fell to Judas; may still we in reality be thankful to him for his position within the divine drama of salvation? 'You'll need to decide,' as Bob Dylan sang within the sixties, 'Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side'.

An crucial yet doomed personality within the ardour narrative, and hence the total tale of Christianity, Judas and the betrayal he symbolises proceed to play out in a lot greater cultural histories, talking as he does to our private fears approximately friendship, betrayal and the matter of evil.

Judas: the final word traitor, or the last word scapegoat? it is a compelling portrait of Christianity's so much troubling and mysterious character.

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