Judas: A Biography

Author: Susan Gubar

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393064832

Category: Religion

Page: 453

View: 9737

An account of the story of the New Testament's arch-villain and his history over the past 2000 years in which Gubar links Christian anti-Semitism with Christianity's attempt to grapple with transcendent evil.


A Biography of Judas Iscariot

Author: Matthew Murray

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides/LifeCaps

ISBN: 1621076482

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 80

View: 5745

For hundreds of years, one word has represented Judas Iscariot: Traitor. There is more to the man then the one act that he is most remembered for. This short biography investigates the life of Judas using all the historical material that is available. LifeCaps is an imprint of BookCaps™ Study Guides. With each book, a lesser known or sometimes forgotten life is recapped. We publish a wide array of topics (from baseball and music to literature and philosophy), so check our growing catalogue regularly to see our newest books.



Author: Amos Oz

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518741128

Category: Fiction

Page: 335

View: 4548

Im Winter 1959 kommt der junge Schmuel Asch nach Jerusalem, um seine Magisterarbeit zu schreiben. Allein und ohne finanzielle Unterstützung, braucht er dringend eine Nebenbeschäftigung. Eine Anzeige führt ihn ins Haus eines eigentümlichen alten Mannes namens Wald; nachts liest er ihm vor und unterhält sich mit ihm – über die Ideale des Zionismus, über die jüdisch-arabischen Konflikte. Und dort trifft er auf die geheimnisvolle Atalja Abrabanel, deren verstorbener Vater einer der maßgeblichen Anführer der zionistischen Bewegung war. Sogleich ist Schmuel gefesselt von der Schönheit und Unnahbarkeit dieser Frau. Nach und nach gelingt es Schmuel, ihr Geheimnis zu enthüllen – und damit auch das des alten Wald. Amos Oz hat einen Liebesroman geschrieben und zugleich ein Buch über das geteilte Jerusalem vor dem Sechs-Tage-Krieg, eine Geschichte seines Landes mit all seinen Konflikten, seinen Hoffnungen und seiner Verzweiflung.

A Biography of the Holy Trinity and Man

Author: Markus E. Adams

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1607916614

Category: Religion

Page: 388

View: 7126

If you're like most people you have questions about God that are difficult to find answers for. But, there are answers to some of these and other intriguing, and sometimes troubling, questions about life inside this book in easy-to-understand language. This book is designed to lessen some of the mystery of God. God wants us to know more about Him and His plans for us. God wants us to know about His Son, Christ Jesus, and exactly what He did for us then and what He does for us now. God wants us to know about His power, the Holy Spirit, and what He does. God wants us to understand how we are viewed by Him and how we fit into His overall plans. He wants us to see ourselves, the condition that we have, and the position that we are in. God wants us to understand that there must be a faithful and productive relationship between Him and us if we are to please Him. And we must have a solid understanding of how that relationship itself works. It is extremely important that we know what sin is and how it affects our relationship with Him. He wants and expects us to know all these things. God has never wanted to remain a total mystery to us because we cannot serve Him if He is a total mystery. Therefore, this book explains to the undecided, enlightens the newly converted, and reinforces for those already "born again" the necessity of understanding the relationship between God and themselves. Also, you will come to know that there are choices that must be made that only you can make. But they will not be as difficult to make once you have a better understanding of the relationship between God and man.


The Most Hated Name In History

Author: Peter Stanford

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 161902750X

Category: Religion

Page: 319

View: 8767

In this fascinating historical and cultural biography, Peter Stanford deconstructs that most vilified of Bible characters: Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Beginning with the gospel accounts, Stanford explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to investigate how the very name Judas came to be synonymous with betrayal and, ultimately, human evil. But as the author points out, there has long been a counter-current of thought that suggests that Judas might in fact have been victim of a terrible injustice: central to Jesus' mission was his death and resurrection, and for there to have been a death, there had to be a betrayal. This thankless role fell to Judas; should we in fact be grateful to him for his role in the divine drama of salvation? You'll have to decide, as Bob Dylan sang in the sixties, Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side. An essential but doomed character in the Passion narrative, and thus the entire story of Christianity, Judas and the betrayal he symbolizes continue to play out in much larger cultural histories, speaking as he does to our deepest fears about friendship, betrayal, and the problem of evil. Judas: the ultimate traitor, or the ultimate scapegoat? This is a compelling portrait of Christianity's most troubling and mysterious character.


Ein Leben

Author: Stacy Schiff

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641083311

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 582

Die glänzend erzählte Lebensgeschichte der legendären ägyptischen Königin Kleopatra VII., letzter weiblicher Pharao Ägyptens, ist heute hinter Mythen, übler Nachrede und märchenhafter Schönheit verborgen. Stacy Schiff , Pulitzer-Preisträgerin, zeigt in ihrer Biografie dank intensiver Recherche und neuer Auswertung antiker Quellen nicht nur die laszive Verführerin und das intrigante Machtweib, sondern enthüllt eine außerordentlich starke Herrscherin – selbstbewusst, versiert in politischem Kalkül, diplomatisch und visionär. Detailfülle und Mut zum zugespitzten historischen Urteil, sprachliche Eleganz und provokantspritzige Porträts der mächtigen Mit- und Gegenspieler an Kleopatras Seite versetzen den Leser ins alte Reich am Nil mit seinem weltläufigen Charme und seiner machtpolitischen Unerbittlichkeit.

The Genre of Acts and Collected Biography

Author: Sean A. Adams

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107435579

Category: Religion

Page: 316

View: 9584

It is widely accepted by New Testament scholars that the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles probably originated as two parts of one work by a single author. In spite of this, the books have been assigned to very different genres: Luke is traditionally viewed as a biography of Jesus, and Acts as a history of the early church. Comparing in detail the structure and content of Acts with the formal features of history, novel, epic and biography, Sean Adams challenges this division. Applying both ancient and modern genre theory, he argues that the best genre parallel for the Acts of the Apostles is in fact collected biography. Offering a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of genre theory, along with an insightful argument regarding the composition and purpose of Acts, this book will be of interest to those studying the New Testament, Acts, genre theory and ancient literature.


Jesus von Nazaret und seine Zeit

Author: Reza Aslan

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644039119

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 9812

Das Christentum verehrt Jesus von Nazaret als sanften Hirten, dessen Reich nicht von dieser Welt sei. Aber entspricht dieses Bild der historischen Realität? Kann es den grausamen Kreuzestod plausibel erklären? Der amerikanische Religionswissenschaftler Reza Aslan meint: nein. Sein Buch, das in den USA für einen Skandal sorgte, versucht zu ergründen, wer Jesus war, bevor es das Christentum gab. Es ist das fesselnde, brillant erzählte Porträt eines Mannes voller Widersprüche, einer Epoche voll religiöser Inbrunst und blutiger Kämpfe und einer Weltreligion im Werden.

Roth Unbound

A Writer and His Books

Author: Claudia Roth Pierpont

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374710449

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 9094

A critical evaluation of Philip Roth—the first of its kind—that takes on the man, the myth, and the work Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of our time. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus, which won the National Book Award in 1960, and the explosion of Portnoy's Complaint in 1969 to his haunting reimagining of Anne Frank's story in The Ghost Writer ten years later and the series of masterworks starting in the mid-eighties—The Counterlife, Patrimony, Operation Shylock, Sabbath's Theater, American Pastoral, The Human Stain—Roth has produced some of the great American literature of the modern era. And yet there has been no major critical work about him until now. Here, at last, is the story of Roth's creative life. Roth Unbound is not a biography—though it contains a wealth of previously undisclosed biographical details and unpublished material—but something ultimately more rewarding: the exploration of a great writer through his art. Claudia Roth Pierpont, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has known Roth for nearly a decade. Her carefully researched and gracefully written account is filled with remarks from Roth himself, drawn from their ongoing conversations. Here are insights and anecdotes that will change the way many readers perceive this most controversial and galvanizing writer: a young and unhappily married Roth struggling to write; a wildly successful Roth, after the uproar over Portnoy, working to help writers from Eastern Europe and to get their books known in the West; Roth responding to the early, Jewish—and the later, feminist—attacks on his work. Here are Roth's family, his inspirations, his critics, the full range of his fiction, and his friendships with such figures as Saul Bellow and John Updike. Here is Roth at work and at play. Roth Unbound is a major achievement—a highly readable story that helps us make sense of one of the most vital literary careers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

From Judas to Me

Author: Anthony Sparzo,Michael Cossette

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1450240585

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

View: 8288

From innocent child to deceptive addict, From Judas to Me shares the true story of a young boy with big dreams and even bigger secrets. He takes a tragic rollercoaster ride through death, drugs, and alcoholism, but eventually finds his way to healing, forgiveness, and a new life. As a boy, Anthony Sparzo led a simple, content existence, filled with dreams of baseball and the support of a strong familyuntil tragedy struck one day and changed Anthonys life forever. Haunted by a family secret, he shares how he turned to drugs and alcohol in hopes of escaping the truth about his identity. As he moves from teenage father to teenage alcoholic and from jail to the streets, his search for happiness is finally fulfilledor so he thinks. Just when it seems that Anthony has escaped his past, he realizes he must stop running and face the truth in order to save both himself and those around him. In his compelling memoir, Anthony Sparzo provides unforgettable insight into not only what propels a young man into a life of addiction, but also what can help him emerge from the darkness of dependence in order to realize true joy and inner peace.

Judas - Traitor Or Hero

A Lesson about Evil

Author: Konrad Dietzfelbinger,Herbert Horn

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781508587880

Category: Religion

Page: 42

View: 8386

The discussion about the figure of Judas has flared up anew since recently a Gospel of Judas was found. Repeatedly attempts have been made in the most varied ways to understand the nature and deed of Judas Iscariot. The interpretations range from Judas as traitor who had succumbed to evil to Judas as hero and initiate who even surpassed Jesus in readiness to sacrifice. His character and his deed raise the question of the nature and the meaning of evil in the world. The here somewhat expanded text of the lecture given in 2006 at the Frankfurt Book Fair is a contribution to answering this question and to a better understanding of Jesus' student Judas. For the Judas principle is active in all times in every pupil on the spiritual path and can only be overcome when we clearly see through it. To enable readers to form their own opinions, the passages in the canonical gospels pertaining to Judas are printed before the lecture. These along with the Gospel of Judas recently brought into public discussion being the texts with which the lecture deals.

The Biographer and the Subject

A Study on Biographical Distance

Author: Rana Tekcan

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 3838259955

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

View: 9578

A good biography is a well-staged illusion. It creates -- on paper -- a vivid, rounded, and immediate sense of lived life. In contrast to purely fictional forms, biography writing does not allow total freedom to the biographer in the creative act. Ideally, a biography's backbone is formed by accurate historical facts. But its soul lies elsewhere. Since the concern is life, something more is needed: Nothing dry, cold or dead, but a vibrant impression of life that is left in the air after one turns over the last page. But how does a biographer do it? The way a biographer creates a subject is largely dictated by the historical distance between them. There are three types of distance in biographical writing: First, where the biographer and the subject personally know one another; second, where the biographer is a near contemporary of the subject; and third, where biographer and subject are distinctly separated, in some cases by hundreds of years. Tekcan explores how some of the most accomplished biographers manage to "recreate life" across time and space. She closely examines Samuel Johnson's "Life of Mr. Richard Savage", James Boswell's "Life of Samuel Johnson", Lytton Strachey's "Eminent Victorians", Michael Holroyd's "Lytton Strachey", Park Honan's "Jane Austen", and Andrew Motion's "Keats".


A Biography

Author: Henry Ansgar Kelly

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521843391

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

View: 4046

This study shows how the Satan of the New Testament became the modern day personification of evil.

The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot

A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed

Author: Bart D. Ehrman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199711048

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 7135

The recent National Geographic special on the Gospel of Judas was a major media event, introducing to tens of millions of viewers one of the most important biblical discoveries of modern times. Now, a leading historian of the early church, Bart Ehrman, offers the first comprehensive account of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas, revealing what this legendary lost gospel contains and why it is so important for our understanding of Christianity. Ehrman, a featured commentator in the National Geographic special, describes how he first saw the Gospel of Judas--surprisingly, in a small room above a pizza parlor in a Swiss town near Lake Geneva--and he recounts the fascinating story of where and how this ancient papyrus document was discovered, how it moved around among antiquities dealers in Egypt, the United States, and Switzerland, and how it came to be restored and translated. More important, Ehrman gives the reader a complete and clear account of what the book teaches and he shows how it relates to other Gospel texts--both those inside the New Testament and those outside of it, most notably, the Gnostic texts of early Christianity. Finally, he describes what we now can say about the historical Judas himself as well as his relationship with Jesus, suggesting that one needs to read between the lines of the early Gospels to see exactly what Judas did and why he did it. The Gospel of Judas presents an entirely new view of Jesus, his disciples, and the man who allegedly betrayed him. It raises many questions and Bart Ehrman provides illuminating and authoritative answers, in a book that will interest anyone curious about the New Testament, the life of Jesus, and the history of Christianity after his death.

Life Sentences

Discover the Key Themes of 63 Bible Characters

Author: Warren W. Wiersbe

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310315840

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 3099

This observation by the great preacher Charles Spurgeon launched Warren Wiersbe on a study of the lives of prominent Bible characters. Interested in more than biographical facts, Wiersbe sought out the themes of each person’s life as reflected in the pages of Scripture. How does the Bible summarize this person’s life? What is the key to understanding his or her character? How do I see my own life reflected in the life of this person?Here is the fruit of this study. A popular reference book with a pastoral and devotional flavor, Life Sentences takes you into the lives of sixty-three men and women who encountered an extraordinary God. For each, Wiersbe identifies a verse that sums up that individual’s life and then reflects on the lessons to be learned, both positive and negative. Not only will you be challenged by these examples, you will be stimulated to consider what your “life sentence” will be.Life Sentences is an ideal reference tool for teachers, Bible study leaders, and preachers seeking to bring Bible characters to life. But it is written from a pastor’s heart, so it also makes ideal devotional reading for anyone who wants to more clearly understand the Bible and apply it to life.