An ancient manuscript recovered from the sands of Egypt reveals a shocking portrait of Jesus, as told by his infamous disciple, Judas Iscariot. Here Judas is not the betrayer of Christian tradition, but instead a man willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to try to save the world from an unthinkable evil. The Testament of Judas brings everything about the ministry of Jesus into doubt, forcing the reader to confront the question: what if the promise of eternal life is not a blessing, but a curse?
The Testament of Judas is interesting. I am personally not religious, at least traditionally, so the book was good. I want to warn readers who are religious, as in Christian. If you in a tizzy when someone talks bad Jesus and such, I would suggest not reading this book. Now, if religion isn’t your thing, or you don’t care who bad mouths who, then this book may be for you.
By using a book from the Bible, the author is able to create a realistic book. The author also speaks about a Gnostic Gospel from Judas. The story is presented as “historical”. The main character, or “reader” finds this manuscript. The “author” is a researcher and authority of copic writings and so he is in Egypt investigating this claim that a copic gospel was found. Okay so he goes there and finds this story. It is like what we know from the bible, but different as well. There was some things missing from the bible that this gospel really shed light on.
Okay so we have this guy reading this story, and let me tell you, it is gruesome. Not in the sense that it is bloody, but the way you look at the bible, Jesus, and all of that after reading this is different. Now I am not religious in that sense and so for me it was like HAHA, I can see that actually happening. But for those who are on the fence, and you like this type of book, it could push you to not believe. It is that realistic. Obviously I am not going to parade this book around to believers and have them read it, I am not that sadistic, and I like my job.
I enjoyed this book for a couple of reasons. The detail that the author goes into to make it seem like this could be a story right out of a missing gospel is really good. I mean if I hadn’t actually read or knew about the actual book he refers to, and cites, then I could see myself saying “so this is the side we don’t know about”. Because it isn’t a story in the sense of the bible books. It is a book with the rest of the story around it. So he uses passages, and those passages are on point. He even cites stuff, seriously.