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The Gospel of Judas is the story of an American priest brought to Rome to decipher an ancient scroll that appears to be a Gospel written by Judas - with a very different view of Christ's crucifixion from the ones handed down in the Bible. Already beset by a crisis of faith and on the brink of his first sexual affair, Father Leo Newman must tease out the meaning of this docThe Gospel of Judas is the story of an American priest brought to Rome to decipher an ancient scroll that appears to be a Gospel written by Judas - with a very different view of Christ's crucifixion from the ones handed down in the Bible. Already beset by a crisis of faith and on the brink of his first sexual affair, Father Leo Newman must tease out the meaning of this document even as he wrestles with its authenticity and what its revelations mean for him. This is a profound book about loss, faith, redemption, and the possibility of a complete re-interpretation of Christianity. It is also a love story and a literary suspense thriller that is impossible to put down....

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ISBN : 9780316973748
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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  • Vishy
    2019-05-06 05:09

    Interesting story on the origin of Christianity. Simon Mawer's prose is gorgeous.

  • Abby
    2019-05-17 04:06

    This tells the story of two generations in the 20th century, centered around a Catholic priest and scholar, who is translating a scroll purporting to be the Gospel of Judas. It is not the gnostic gospel of Judas that has actually been found, but rather a scroll that may really date from Judas himself (which the gnostic one does not). It's fictional, well-researched, and rather dark in all time periods that are dealt with. It's really good, but intense and not the easiest read due to some difficult subject matter.

  • Tony
    2019-04-21 03:12

    Mawer, Simon. THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS. (2001). ****. After reading the author’s previous novel, “Mendel’s Dwarf,” I decided to read more of his work. This novel was the next one he wrote. It was totally different. Once again, the author lets us know that he has done his research on his topic thoroughly, and proceeds to write in such a way as to draw us into his story. A new discovery of a scroll from the Dead Sea area is made. Although it certainly shows signs of age, it is still reasonably intact and its lines of Koine are still legible. A priest from Rome, Father Leo Newman, is called in to provide translation and interpretation leadership for the scroll. He is an acknowledged expert in Koine. He soon discovers that the scroll appears to be a fifth gospel – one that tells the story of Jesus’ life, crucifixion and resurrection from the point of view of Judas Iscariot. If the story told by Judas – the self-proclaimed writer – is true, it will require a whole new re-thinking of the basics of Christianity. While Father Leo is working on the translation, he is also caught up in a love affair with Madeleine, a married woman. This obviously puts him under severe stress both as a priest and as a man. We also get to learn of Leo’s mother and father and their lives during World War II. The three sets of narratives all merge in the end in the behavior of Father Leo regarding the scroll itself, and the measures he takes to ease its effect on the world. Once again, we are presented with an extremely well-written novel by this writer. Recommended.

  • Carrie
    2019-05-19 04:28

    Started this book a couple years ago and now am starting to remember why I never finished it. I'm sorry, I just can't bring myself to finish it. A priest has an affair with what appears to be a flibbertygibbit, he gets an interesting scroll in the course of his research, and then as a fallen priest he takes up with a woman who doesn't speak English but models for porn and paints on the side. In both attempts to read this I have yet to get to anything to do with the Gospel of Judas in the manner the book cover suggests, unless it is some oblique symbol of all the betrayals going on in this priest's life. And I haven't the time nor inclination to plough through this to get to it so that the light dawns on me and I understand what all this initial tedium was about. If I want to read about priests having affairs with social twits then I'd go for some bodice rippers who make no pretense about it. As for the GoJ, there were no redeeming aspects to any of the characters, which rendered absolutely no interest in their lives and therefore the book. Others may find different, I wish them well.

  • Matt
    2019-04-28 05:04

    I read this because I'm interested in Judas as dramatic character- think about it! Fascinating! There's nothing which adds up about him in the Biblical account. The more you think about it the more complex and dramatically profound it gets.This is just goofy, pretentious, clammy-handed hogwash. I don't know anything about the author in question but he is trying SO HARD to be suave, sarcastic, erudite and worldly and he is just flailing badly throughout the story.The title suggests that someone with my precise interest in the subject would find this book kind of interesting, no? A modern adaptation or reverie on the eponymous idea...Not an idea, image, character or insight to take away. Blegh. [email protected]

  • Stacy
    2019-04-27 05:19

    Didn't finish this book. It was awful. Gave up about halfway through & if you know me, you know that NEVER happens. I will normally finish any book I start. I never could get into this one, it really never made sense. So unless there is something huge that happens during the second half, this was a major bore.

  • Eryn
    2019-05-04 03:27

    Not a great read. Flipped back and forth through too many periods. A little confusing at first. Was never really drawn to any of the characters.

  • Vylūnė
    2019-05-03 04:31

    Two stars are only there because of the way the story is structured. Otherwise it’s bland and colorless.The “scandalous” love affairs are boring and the author is probably mildly obsessed with pubic hair. Character development is kinda there if you really really really want to look for it and convince yourself that it’s happening. The “gospel of Judas” shouldn’t be mentioned in neither the title nor any summaries as it’s barely mentioned in the book itself.The three (sort of separate) main plotlines are mixed up very well in a way that it’s unclear for a long time which happened first and how it influenced the others.The idea was probably to show a man losing his faith but he is neither convincingly religious to begin with nor his attitude towards religion changed much throughout the book.

  • Jindriska Mendozová
    2019-05-21 02:32

    Simon Mawer se stal pro české čtenáře známým především díky románu Skleněný pokoj. Kniha inspirovaná příběhem brněnské vily Tugendhat vyvolala nejrůznější reakce – od těch nadšených až po ty, které knihu téměř zavrhovaly. V každém případě snad každý, kdo román četl, zaujal nějaké stanovisko, nenechával své čtenáře lhostejnými...To myslím platí pro všechny Mawerovy knihy, včetně pátého titulu, který v Nakladatelství Kniha Zlín vychází. Tím je právě Evangelium podle Jidáše. Stejně jako bylo zajímavé prostředí vily Tugendhat, jsou zajímavá a pro čtenáře atraktivní i prostředí, do kterých je zasazeno Evangelium podle Jidáše.Ovšem možná ještě atraktivnější a zajímavější než prostředí, v kterých se vše odehrává, je vzájemné prolínání se jednotlivých linií. Podle některých kritiků střídání ich a er formy může čtenáře mást, činit jim četbu obtížnější. Můj názor je ten, že ji činí zajímavější a mnohovrstevnější.U Černého moře byly objeveny tajuplné Kumránské svitky. Církev stojí před hrozbou, která může zničit to, na čem již více než dva tisíce let staví a existuje. Hlavní hrdina knihy, kněz Leo Newman, má pomáhat s rozluštěním svitků, s posouzením, jsou-li všechny pravé, má informovat Vatikán a především má napomoct při zjišťování, jestli je pravý svitek, jehož autorem by měl být Jidáš Iškariotský, nebo zda se jedná o podvrh... A nejedná-li se o podvrh, jak tuto skutečnost zvládne církev? Jak se s ní vyrovná sám Leo Newman?Na první pohled se může zdát, že Simon Mawer maličko fušuje do řemesla Danu Brownovi. Už po pár stránkách je ale jasné, že se jedná o dva zcela odlišné styly i o dva velmi odlišné úhly pohledu. Svitky vlastně nejsou hlavní linií celé knihy, tou jsou příběhy o víře, lásce, nenávisti a v neposlední řadě i o zradě... v různých časových rovinách se prolínají... Prozrazovat více by už znamenalo prozrazovat samotný děj.Evangelium podle Jidáše nepochybně stojí za pozornost i díky literárnímu stylu. Místy se sice může zdát, že je maličko zdlouhavý a autor zbytečně mnohoslovný, v závěru ale pochopíme, že vše mělo svůj smysl a své místo.Knihu vydalo nakladatelství Kniha Zlín.www.z-kultury-i-nekultury.blogspot.com

  • Joanna
    2019-05-11 03:21

    If there were an option for 3.5 stars, I would use it for this book.It was a very well-written story woven through multiple levels of time and character development. The theme of betrayal was returned to again and again, in ways that seemed simultaneously inevitable but also deeply unexpected. The main character, Father Leo Newman, comes from a lineage of betrayal. We see his mother betray her husband with her lover, her lover to the Nazis, and her own identity in order to obtain a new life. The themes of Leo's own role as a betrayer are fascinating. He betrays almost every character, every institution, every principle of belief that he seems to hold. And others betray him in ways large and small. But throughout the entire plot, it never becomes hackneyed; it never seems forced. The plot twists and turns in ways that are still surprising, no matter how well you feel you know the characters and their limits. This is all extremely well done, and very apt.The only reason that I am not rating the book higher is because of the confusing time jumps throughout the narrative. I could not, no matter how hard I tried, get a sense of how much time had elapsed between Leo's affair with Madeline, his time at the World Bible Institute, and his later relationship with Magda. It was disorienting and also distracting every time the story jumped to the (presumably) later frame of time. This section was also the least interesting, the least compelling, portion of the narrative. And the ending of the book, overall, left me wanting. More explanation and less ambiguity as a literary device would have made the conclusion of the novel much more satisfying.

  • Erica
    2019-05-20 09:14

    A beautiful, intelligent, and moving novel.It's important to remember that this book is a work of fiction. That should be an obvious statement, but I've read several ignorant reviews that indicate that some readers forget what "fiction" means.The Gospel of Judas is the story of a Roman priest, Leo Newman, who experiences a crisis of faith at the same time he meets and eventually falls in love with an intriguing yet unstable married woman, Madeleine. Leo is also a scholar who is called to investigate a mysterious papyrus document which could be a firsthand account of Jesus' disciple and betrayer, Judas. It is to this fictional document that the title refers, not to a gnostic gospel that would date much more recently. There are two other storylines: Leo Newman as an older man, embarking on an affair with a strange young student, and a seemingly unrelated story of an extramarital affair between a diplomat's wife and her son's tutor in WWII-era Italy.This novel has been referred to "The Da Vinci Code for smart people" which is accurate in a way but not the whole story. The Gospel of Judas is a profound psychological novel that explores the collusion of religious ecstasy and romantic and sexual love and its devastating consequences.

  • Teresa Xuereb
    2019-05-06 03:13

    This novel is extraordinary in the way it combines different themes and different time periods together. A scroll written by the biblical Judas is discovered near the Dead Sea, while on the other hand, Leo Newman, a Catholic priest, is going through the greatest dilemma in his life. He needs to choose between having faith in God and falling in love with a married woman, Madeleine. What will he eventually choose and in whom will he seek comfort? Will his decision be the end of him or the end of her? Will Catholic faith come to an end with the discovery of the gospel of Judas? The novel is very intriguing and thought-provoking because the crisis and the transformation that Leo Newman goes through, reflects how people may react if the Biblical story of Jesus is told from a different viewpoint. The irony is that while studying the newly-discovered gospel of Judas, Leo could become the new Judas of his time.

  • Tereza Pecáková
    2019-05-18 04:04

    Asi jsem zklamaná. Nebyl to ten Mawer, kterého bych čekala. Příběh byl zajímavý jen z tak z poloviny, maličko se to tváří jako brownovina, ale vlastně ani trochu, když se začtete. Hlavní hrdina mi moc nepřirostl k srdci, jeho věčné potácení se kolem osobních problémů mě nebavilo a vlastně mi bylo jedno, co se mu odehrávalo v hlavě a životě. Potíže duchovního s přikázáními, hlavně s tím, které káže nesesmilníš, židovské jméno a pochybný původ vedoucí až do nacistického Německa, k tomu navrch podivné dětství. A do toho objev svitku s Jidášovým svědectvím, které má křesťanskou víru obrátit vzhůru nohama... blah. Některé pasáže byly tak špatně čitelné a blbě formulované, že to možná bylo maličko i překladem.

  • Lou
    2019-04-20 08:13

    A fantastic, three-tiered novel about the conflict between duty and passion -- all this unfolding amidst the discovery of the oldest text in christian history that may just make the entire religion irrelevant. Although Mawer would most likely cringe at hearing this, think of it as The Da Vinci Code for the more invested fiction-reader and with much more grandiose socio-political implications (if it were true, which it is not).

  • sisterimapoet
    2019-04-25 06:28

    Some really poor reviews of this which had me worried but I don't know what they are on! Perhaps they were hoping for a Da Vinci Code - which of course this is not.To me this was great - combining a pacy and thrilling adventure with plenty of depth and well-handled reflection. And nice to see some of Mawer's preoccupations getting attention. He can do no wrong for me, I shall track down the other titles I haven't yet read.

  • Penny Reeves
    2019-05-18 03:30

    Simon Mawer's books are always difficult to get into and to finish but even so, I never forget one of them so I plough on. I too was tempted to this one because I am interested in the character of Judas and like other reviewers, wondered most of the way through the book what the title was about. However, without giving anything away, it is a multi-layered title as the book is multi-layered. Probably the title, though clever, does attract people who expect something different. Yes, it's confusing for a long time but I'm glad I persevered, as I always am with his work.

  • Denis O'dea
    2019-04-23 05:08

    Not really a "thriller" as such, but a beautifully written novel nevertheless. Highly recommended for lovers of literature.

  • Miss H
    2019-05-13 03:26

    Interesting and personal - much more about the protagonist than Judas!

  • Lisabet Sarai
    2019-05-20 07:25

    A doubt-ridden priest reluctantly pursuing an affair with a diplomat's wife in Rome - a parchment scroll apparently written by Judas immediately after the execution of Christ, suggesting that the resurrection was staged for political reasons - a family history of illicit passion and betrayal - THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS weaves these threads into a compelling but not entirely satisfactory whole that I enjoyed even as its faults became more and more apparent.On the plus side, Simon Mawer does a magnificent job depicting the inner life of Father Newman, especially his confusion about sex. He is simultaneously drawn to and repelled by Madeleine, the middle aged, married woman who seduces him, in a way that struck me as highly realistic. If you had been celibate all your life, with a single unsatisfactory sexual experience as a young man, you would clearly have very mixed feelings about sex, with a generous helping of repulsion mixed in with your lust. This was brilliantly portrayed.The tension between truth and faith also drew me in. Father Newman is a scholar as well as a cleric. He can't deny the apparently genuine nature of the Judas scroll, no matter how badly this upsets his world view and the rocks the foundations of the church.I liked the ending, too, the way that the main character adapts to a world in which everything he cared for has vanished. My quibbles center around two issues: melodrama and the use of language.I want to avoid spoilers, but let me just say that several extreme events occur, events not really pre-figured by the plot up to that point, events that I thought damaged the credibility of the novel. The quiet revelations of the priest's internal life were quite compelling, for me. The plot twists that ensue felt as though someone had inserted exploding cars and tsunamis into an Ingmar Bergman film. One knows at the outset that the priest's affair with Madeleine cannot end well, but the way it actually does end struck me as implausible and overdone.The other issue I have with the book is its overuse of obscure vocabulary. It's not often that I have to stop when reading to look up some word in the dictionary. That was a frequent activity with THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS, to the point that I felt the author was trying to sound erudite, rather than to communicate. It's true that his main character is a scholar, but I found the multitude of the polysyllabic Latinate words disrupted my involvement with the story. Furthermore, when I did consult my dictionary, in at least a few cases I felt the author's use of the vocabulary was inappropriate. All in all, though, I enjoyed this book. I'd love to be able to do as good a job at portraying emotional and sexual ambivalence in my own writing.

  • Kamilla
    2019-05-11 04:28

    What a horrible book! What a load of crock! I'm surprised that I persevered and finished it. The story is fictional - not even based on real historical elements, the writing is so bad, that during the first 100 pages I either kept falling asleep or didn't even know what the hell I was reading, what on earth was the purpose of it all, whpere the hell I was, given that the timeline kept changing. I think the first 100 pages could have easily been left out, it still would have made more sense. The story of a priest who seemed to have major psychological issues regarding his faith, his attraction to a married woman, his remblings about how all of these feelings of his are sin, quoting disturbing pieces from the Bible, irritated me to no end. Given the synopsis of the book, I thought this will be interesting since I am drawn towards such subjects. But the book is so badly written that it is hard to read, it only picks up a bit after 100 pages, which is when he finds the scroll. Now this part would be interesting, even theoretically, but the cold writing just ruins it all. It's like reading a running commentary. There is no depth to any of the characters, nothing likable about them, the writing is seriously flawed primitve, ordinary and vulgar. Either the writer has some issues with women in general or he has no idea how to write with literary excellence. I think both, actually. So, if you are thinking about reading this, think hard. You could find many more appealing books on the subject that are brillinatly written. Give yourself a break and don't bother with this one. What a waste of my time!

  • Steve
    2019-04-21 01:15

    This book is fairly uneven. There is enough going on with the book before the author introduces a parallel story surrounding the protagonist's mother. I see the point of the side story, but it is weak. The real point of the side story was to make the book bigger. Without it, the Gospel of Judas is a novella. The writing too is uneven. Mostly it is good. I like high brow language, but this author seems to go way out of his way to use words in outdated forms or words that no one ever uses. Maybe my biggest gripe is that the author takes a well known story of betrayal - maybe the classic story of betrayal - and a story that has the mist of uncertainty swirling around it, but does nothing with that uncertainty, in fact uses the uncertainty to be ambiguous about what his characters have actually done. There is a certain beauty to writing around facts and leaving the story that maybe was and maybe wasn't. I tend to think of it more like cowardice, lack of conviction.

  • Marvin
    2019-05-02 02:09

    A marvelously written book about a Catholic priest and early Christianity scholar who gets called in to translate a newly discovered Qumran scroll, a first-century account of the life of Jesus attributed to Judas that undermines crucial aspects of the gospels. The book is informative without being didactic, searchingly devoted to questions of faith without being pious. In dealing at the same time with the main character's own personal crisis of faith and life, it's also an account of the destructive potential of love and faith--no redemption here. Unfortunately, the conclusion is not as satisfying as the development. And it was never clear why another alternative vision of Jesus' life and crucifixion--no matter how radical or how early--should be as serious a threat to the faith as it was presented here. Despite this reservations, the writing alone recommend this book highly.

  • Carlotta
    2019-05-11 08:15

    This book was at times fascinating, but it left you without closure on so many issues. There are probably people out there who love to imagine for themselves what is going to happen to the characters, but I kind of like to have some answers to my questions. The whole book seemed to be shrouded in mystery that would have been a lot more interesting if the author would just come out every once in a while to unshroud something.This book could have had three or four stars if it didn't constantly leave you hanging.

  • Megan
    2019-04-25 05:09

    Eh, this is more like a two out of ten star. Or I guess that translates to a 1.5 here. This book took an entire month to get through. I kept falling asleep while reading it. It was a great insomnia helper, I'll give it that. Actually, the middle of the book moved at a reasonable pace and the plot was close to interesting. One thing that really struck me was how much the author must hate women. Some of his descriptions of the female characters were brutal, not to mention the fact that they're all cold, calculating bitches who have no self control when it comes to sex. Ugh.

  • Leah
    2019-05-21 08:28

    To say i read this book is wrong, but goodreads doesn't offer the option for put it down because I found myself skipping full pages to get it "overwith" I don't often not finish books, but if oun d i didn't care about the characters, i was 90 pages in and i realized, i was getting nothing out of this book. I didn't remember the characters names, and all i was getting so far was that german catholics had mad issues during wwII and a priest was havign an affair, or thinking about it, or wanted to, i couldn't tell. but i was BORED.

  • Ludmila Kovaříková
    2019-05-06 09:07

    Kniha o knězi, který se stává "jidášem" ve dvojím smyslu: zamiluje se do ženy a přeloží nové evangelium, které popírá zmrtvýchvstání. Příběh se proplétá s příběhem jeho matky a zemřelého syna. Zpočátku kniha hůře čitelná, ale lákalo mě, o čem je Mawerovo Jidášovo evangelium, což autor natahoval až do konce. Myslím, že se tu nejedná ani tak o morálku, jak spíš o ztroskotání člověka, jehož víra je nahlodávána neustále. Jeho zmrtvýchvstání je ve skutečnosti pro čtenáře kruté. Někdy se mi zdálo, že se autor předvádí svými znalostmi památek. Ty mohly být začleněny do příběhu přirozeněji.

  • Christina
    2019-04-25 05:14

    Very interesting, if sometimes disturbing, time slip novel about love, guilt and betrayal, set in Rome partly during the second world war and partly in the present. Loved the parts about the fictional gospel of Judas which the main character helps to translate and all the other speculation regarding what really happened in Judaea during the time of "Yeshu". This book will probably appeal mostly to agnostics or atheists.

  • Maragad
    2019-05-11 06:06

    Evangelium podle Jidáše je velmi zdařilým dílem, ale nic menšího bychom ani od Simona Mawera nečekali. Ovšem ani tak kniha přeci jen není úplně pro každého. I když jde o honbu za přeložením svitku a o ověřování pravosti artefaktů, Simon Manwer se zaměřuje převážně na etickou část. Co dělat s tajemstvím, které jeden člověk sám neunese. Rozhodně se tedy nejedná o dobrodružnou četbu, kterou by si pod románem Evangelium podle Jidáše mohl leckdo představit.

  • Jeanne
    2019-05-15 02:18

    I love that all of Mawer's novels are "stand-alone" and totally different from each other, no easy formula or #1,2,3 from this author. Whether or not the subject matter resonates with readers, one thing is certain, they are meticulously researched and beautifully crafted with intelligent prose. Many have psychological nuances, certainly this one, leaving the reader with much to think about, long after the last page.

  • Cody
    2019-04-26 04:30

    One of the worst books I have ever read. Although it shouldn't be a surprise since I bought it in the bargain bin at barns and noble. A priest is called in to help translate a dead sea scroll believed to have been written by Judas. He falls in love with an art student that is about half his age and forsakes his religion and everything he once believed. This is a work of fiction with no historical content at all.