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Judas: Images of the Lost Discipletraces the development of the stories about the most famous traitor in the history of Western Civilization. Its purpose is not to find the Judas of history, but rather to provide readers with a map that shows the similarities and connections between generations of Judas's story. Judas has been portrayed as an effete intellectual, a jealous lover, a greedy scoundrel, a misguided patriot, a doomed hero, a man destroyed by despair, or God's special, misunderstood messenger and agent. Judas means as many different things to us as does Jesus or God. The enigma of Judas's story in the Gospels left later literature and legend with a creative challenge they richly answered, and which is presented here: to write the real story of the worst villain of all time.Images of the Lost Disciple Kim Paffenroth. sensibilities. Visual artists were similarly not engaged in creating a narrative, nor obeying the rules of the very different craft of storytelling. ... 70 C.E.), and one that preserves traditions that go back even further, first mentions Judas by name in the list of the twelve (Mark 3: 13-19).

Author:Kim Paffenroth
Publisher:Westminster John Knox Press - 2001-01-01


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