The Gospel of Judas Paperback
by Simon Mawer
Amongst the ancient papyri of the Dead Sea, a remarkable scroll is discovered. Written in the first century AD, it purports to be the true account of the life of Jesus, as told by Youdas the sicarios - Judas Iscariot: the missing Gospel of Judas. If authentic, it will be one of the most incendiary documents in the history of humankind.
The task of proving - or disproving - its validity falls to Father Leo Newman, one of the world's leading experts in Koine, the demotic Greek of the Roman Empire, and a man the newspapers like to call a 'renegade priest'.
But as Leo absorbs himself in Judas' testimony, the stories of his own life haunt him.
The story of his forbidden yet irresistible love for a married woman.
The story of his mother's passionate and tragic affair amidst the war-time ruins of Rome.
They are stories of love and betrayal that may threaten his faith just as deeply as the Gospel of Judas...With a dramatic narrative that spans from the Europe of the Second World War to Jerusalem two thousand years after Jesus' birth, THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS is a compelling and erudite thriller.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 07/07/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780349113586
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Review by ablueidol
Finding this difficult to get into. Not sure if its structure or writing that's the block. Or if its my idea of what the story was to be. I have the idea that it would be an interplay of historical and contemporary events leading to a mutual story development. Rather then a crisis of faith story. I need the space to have to read it so I can get into its world. I had a similar problem with Catch 22 when reading it 30 years ago. I could never get past the first chapter. In the end I started with the 2nd and then was drawn in to its magic.
Review by MarthaJeanne
An interesting novel. The Magda chapters are confusing as it is not immediately obvious that they take place later in time.The gospel find in this novel is not at all similar to the one recently published.