‘The Gospel of Judas’, reading the book’s title for the first time, curiosity took control in me. I immediately bought the book, since I knew that my hubby would love it too. We love reading non-fiction books, especially those with controversial issues. As a matter of fact, you can say that we don’t belong to religious people much. We rarely open and read the Bible, but join the Mass, though not every week. This book contains 219 pages, with introduction by Marvin Meyer. The editors involved in this book are Rodolphe Kasser, Marvin Meyer, and Gregor Wurst. The gospel itself is only about one third of the total pages, and the longest part is the editors’ commentaries.
The book reveals about conversations between Jesus and Judas, and these conversations are never mentioned in the Bible we used to know. It’s interesting to know things like these, and I have to admit that this book changes my perspective about Judas, whom we know as the traitor among Jesus’ twelve Apostles. Unfortunately, when I first read it, I was confused because some of the lines were missing (some lines were actually missing when they interpreted the original text), so they had to use brackets most of the times to indicate the missing lines. There are many footnotes (mostly cover half of the page on each page) to indicate what may be the missing lines, or what it referred to. The commentaries are well-written and easy to understand, and reading the commentaries was fun. This book is shocking (I’m well-aware of that), and it did terrify me a bit about the fact revealed in this book. Nevertheless, I think my faith stay the same and I believe that God has His own plan, the best plan for all of us, no matter what it is