Judas: A Biography

Judas: A Biography

by Susan Gubar


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"Judas is a dark journey through the murderousness of Christian Anti-Semitism, culminating in the mass slaughter of more than a and their associated European butchers. Lucid, study is close to definitive on the fictive figure of Judas."—Harold Bloom

Who was Judas Iscariot and why did he betray Jesus? Despite the recent recovery of a Gnostic Gospel bearing his name, the centrality of Judas has gone largely ignored. Yet, because of gaps and incongruities in biblical accounts about him, artists throughout the ages have returned to the twelfth apostle, who inaugurates Jesus’ death and resurrection. In this comprehensive, probing book, Susan Gubar explains how Judas came to stand for the Jewish people and how he personifies a composite Judeo-Christianity that illuminates ambivalent relationships between Christians and Jews as well as changing attitudes toward the body, blood, and money; greed and hypocrisy; suicide and repentance; homosexuality and divinity. Over twenty centuries, a figure of disgrace turns into a dignitary. Gubar shows how Jesus’ most notorious disciple—known for a kiss—has provoked profound reflections on the problem of evil that still resonate today.

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ISBN-13: 9780393349665
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Susan Gubar was awarded, with Sandra M. Gilbert, the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Critics Circle. She is the author of Memoir of a Debulked Woman and has authored and edited numerous works of criticism. She writes the monthly online New York Times column "Living with Cancer" and lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Sander Gilma

A most readable account of the story of the New Testament’s arch-villain and his history over the past 2000 years, Susan Gubar’s Judas links Christian anti-Semitism with Christianity’s attempt to grapple with transcendent evil. The recent discovery of the ancient Gospel of Judas makes Gubar’s book a MUST READ.

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