Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ehrman, Lost Gospel of Judas

I've just received an offer from Oxford University Press of a free copy of Bart Ehrman's new book The Lost Gospel of Judas: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed (OUP: October 9th, 2006). They say: "As a previous reviewer of Ehrman's books, we invite you once again to take part in evaluating the engaging insights of Bart Ehrman, one of the most respected authorities on early Christianity."

I've only ever reviewed Ehrman on this blog, but it's good to know that OUP have noticed.

Their publicity says:

As you may recall, Ehrman is the author of The New York Times
bestseller Misquoting Jesus, the groundbreaking book that shed light
on the many mistranslations and alterations the Bible has undergone
since its inception. In his newest book, Ehrman promises to be just as
controversial, detailing the events and consequences surrounding the
discovery of the lost gospel of the man believed to be history's most
notorious traitor.


Discovered in a pizza parlor in a Swiss town near lake Geneva, the
Gospel of Judas is perhaps one of the most important and controversial
discoveries of the 20th Century. In The Lost Gospel of Judas
Iscariot, bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman analyzes the impact of
this find, and what it tells us about the life of Judas. A provocative
and compelling account, The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot shakes the
very foundations of everything we thought we knew about the man who
betrayed Jesus Christ.


There appears to be no shortage of sensationalism here. I would like, however, to take this opportunity to encourage people to wait a little bit longer for the next OUP book on the Gospel of Judas, which will be by one of our own bloggers, the venerable Simon Gathercole, who should give us plenty of philological learning as well as sound judgement on the subject.

8 Comments:

Mark Goodacre said...

Gosh, I didn't realize that Simon was a blogger here. I'm looking forward to his Gospel of Judas book too.

Tommy Wasserman said...

PJW: "I've only ever reviewed Ehrman on this blog, but it's good to know that OUP have noticed."

Is it not more likely that the author himself has noticed ...?

sjgathers said...

Yes, I agree with Tommy - Pete, you're on Bart's list (of freebies of his books, I mean)!

By the way, hi Mark!

P J Williams said...

If he reads this blog, maybe I should invite him for an interview. I do have one or two questions...

sjgathers said...

"Discovered in a pizza parlor in a Swiss town near lake Geneva" is certainly an interesting addition to the variety of stories about G. Jud.'s discovery. I will pop along to our local Hut or Express at the next available opportunity to see what I can find. Can I encourage all readers to do the same in your local pizzeria?

M. J. Mansini said...

Can I encourage all readers to do the same in your local pizzeria?

I'm up for that. Just got to go put my "discoverers" hat on...

Rebecca said...

If you want to learn more about Bart Ehrman and his new book check out the OUP blog.
Ehrman did a Q and A
and an essay about
why he wrote this book
.

Anonymous said...

What do nay of these posts have to do with "academic study of textual criticism"?