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
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.