Judas: A Biography

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

  • Title: Judas: A Biography
  • Author: Susan Gubar
  • ISBN: 9780393064834
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Judas: A Biography”

    1. Ik vond het een leuk idee om de vorm van biografie te kiezen. Ik heb de eerste twee hoofdstukken gelezen, voornamelijk over de vier evangeliën en nu ben ik tevreden. Opmerkelijk:Hoe later een evangelie, hoe meer verwijzingen naar Judas en hoe misdadiger zijn rol.Hoe later een evangelie, hoe duidelijker het antisemitisme.De conclusie van de auteur: Hoe later, hoe meer de scheiding tussen joden en christenen opspeelde. Judas symboliseert volgens de auteur de permeabiliteit tussen beide geloven. H [...]

    2. Can one write a ‘biography’ of a fictional character originating from a supposedly single incident as depicted in four or five contradictory fictional narratives? I would think not; except, perhaps in fictional theories of what might have been the motivational factors in the incident recorded. The fictional character is Judas, the apostle who ‘betrayed’ Jesus with a kiss in the Garden of Gethsemane. Gubar takes this incident and examines the many interpretations found throughout art. lit [...]

    3. I'm not sorry I read it, but for my next read I'll be sure to choose something a little easier on the head

    4. Gubar has written a comprehensive cultural biography of Judas, a history of the changing perception of him through the centuries, the different symbolic roles his image has played. He is, of course, "the disciple who handed over Jesus". These six words are probably all that can be said with certainty about the historical Judas. Everything else about him is questionable, is dependent upon the meager accounts of his character and deeds given in the gospels - and unfortunately each evangelist prese [...]

    5. I have always found Judas the most fascinating character from the Bible stories - for his motivations, his isolation, the contradictions in his story, the gaps, his anomalous position as, as Susan Gubar puts it, the hyphen in Judeo-Christian. Jesus is too remote a figure, and the other apostles fairly anonymous figures, but Judas is messy, Judas is interesting, his character constantly changing through the years.The author demonstrates how Judas has served as a cipher and a scapegoat since the d [...]

    6. Well it wasn't what I thought it was when I picked it up.But as someone who loves Art History I learned quite a lot about the paintings and windows that deal with Judas. There is no answer for the complexities of the Bible when dealing with Judas. At least not in this life. I was also intrigued just how much Anti-Semantic was picked up and used because of the Judas. I was extremely surprised by some of the theories that he was a hero, and Jesus was the weak one. I don't agree with that myself, b [...]

    7. A survey of literary and artistic representations of Judas Iscariot in noncanonical gospels, works of the early church, the dark & middle ages, reformation, enlightenment, through today. The author admits that she is neither a theologian nor a historian, but rather a literary critic. The two most common themes regarding Judas include de-villification and doubling. De-villification in the sense that without his actions, there would not have been redemption, so maybe he should not be villified [...]

    8. A super interesting book, sort of wish her literary theory wasn't trapped in the mid-90s. Could have done without some of that age-old academic overreach where you could just tell that she wanted to talk about something pretty irrelevant and made up a reason as to why no really it need to be there. Also can we all just agree as a culture to stop pretending Freud is relevant? It's a unique text though and really serves as a great jumping off point for hunting down every single text about Judas th [...]

    9. This is a perceptive and engrossing study of the long cultural afterlife of Judas as he appears in art, literature, movies and psychology since the first century. Is he a craven betrayer, biting baby, cannibal, suicide, red-haired/left-handed racial minority, Enlightenment political co-conspirator of Jesus, 19th century Romantic revolutionary, Nazi scapegoat or alienated post-modernist? That depends.

    10. This is a very insightful book, it really makes you think about judas and his role in being a catalyst for launching the ground work for Christianity, but the author has a propensity for using bery large and pretentious words unnecessarily, which really bogs down the reader. I mean, she uses words that even the most intellectual person would pause and think "really?" But nonetheless, it's an interesting read if you're into the history and psychology of religion.

    11. I watched Jesus Christ Superstar last night, and was reminded that JCS was like, 80% of the reason I decided to read this book. I think Judas gets a bad rap. Someone had to betray Jesus, right, and now what? Everyone's all talking shit about him and he's probably burning in hell for all eternity or something. Bogus.

    12. Not what I thought it would be when I picked it up, I thought it would be a biography about Judas. NOT it was more of a text book with many references Iif you wanted to look further). I did enjoy the descriptions and explainations about the paintings. I would like to go see them all !!!

    13. An interesting look at the cultural afterlife of Judas and his role in anti-semitism. His is a history that is at turns surprising and even startling. His paring with Jesus, to the exclusion of the other disciples, is extensively covered.

    14. eh. Written in a convoluted style with analysis way too heavily steeped in Freudian theory. The work is bland, repetitive and at times so convoluted as to be incomprehensible.

    15. A thoughtful 2000-year survey of the manner in which "Judas Iscariot" has been used, and often abused, by the masses to serve their own ends.

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