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Judas and Jesus

Two Faces of a Single Revelation

Jean-Yves Leloup

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Inner Traditions Bear and Company
30 January 2007
A radical reinterpretation of the relationship of Judas and Jesus * Reexamines the role and the purpose the key figure of Judas played in the crucifixion story * Reveals how Judas was betrayed by Jesus, and how, taken to the limits of his humanity, he lost everything he most cherished on the path to his true self The familiar story of Judas, betrayer of Jesus, is striking because of its incomprehensibility. Why would one of Christ's disciples and companions of the heart deliver him up to his enemies and a barbarous, ignominious, and certain death for thirty pieces of silver? Jean-Yves Leloup's careful investigation of the gospels, various apocryphal texts, and most importantly the Coptic codex known as the Gospel of Judas, leads him to conclude that there is more to the familiar story of Judas than a simple demonstration, viewed through one man, of humanity's inherent failings.

The betrayal of Jesus to the Romans was Jesus's idea, explains Leloup. Jesus persuaded Judas to play the role of evil in humankind by telling him that this enactment was crucial to God's plan and would set Judas by Jesus's side for eternity: There where I am, spoke Jesus to Judas, is where I wish you, too, to be.

But to get there, Judas--a metaphorical representation of the darker side present in all human beings and the shadow counterpart to his Messiah dying on the cross-- must first shed all his human qualities. His failings of greed, deceit, and cowardice--and even his faith and hope--are washed away in the despair that engulfs him. A parallel moment occurs for Jesus on the cross, when he comes to know the despair of separation from God. The moment Judas loses his life and all that gave it meaning--his God, his law, his justice, his Messiah--is the very moment he finds that which cannot be discarded--life eternal. Thus, in the moment of his ultimate extremity, Judas receives Jesus's true message and his intended gift.
By:   Jean-Yves Leloup
Imprint:   Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 13mm
ISBN:   9781594771668
ISBN 10:   1594771669
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   30 January 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Publisher's Note to the Reader 1 Childhood 2 Zealot 3 Capernaum 4 Teachings 5 Healing 6 One of the Twelve 7 A Demon 8 The Wild Ass 9 The Gospel according to Judas 10 Yeshua the Zealot 11 The Adulteress 12 Money 13 Transfiguration 14 Encounter in the Desert 15 Jerusalem 16 Lazarus 17 Bethany 18 An Unexpected Messiah 19 The Last Supper 20 The Arrest 21 The Praetorium 22 Behold, the Man 23 Death 24 Resurrection Appendix A: Reflections on an Enigma Appendix B: Gospel References

Jean-Yves Leloup is a theologian and founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists. His other books include The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, The Gospel of Philip, and The Gospel of Thomas. He lives in France.

Reviews for Judas and Jesus: Two Faces of a Single Revelation

Overall it is quite informative and thought provoking, and I would recommend it for Christian and non-Christian readers alike. --D. Tigermoon, The Pagan Review, Nov 2007


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