Judas: Betrayer Or Friend of Jesus?

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Fortress Press, 1996 - Religion - 238 pages
This fascinating book sifts the evidence for the relationship of the disciple Judas with Jesus and startlingly concludes that in the earliest sources Judas was not a traitor. The book traces the the ways in which Judas is portrayed by the four writers of the Gospels, showing how the picture was increasingly demonized as the later Gospels were written.

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About the author (1996)

William Klassen is adjunct professor and Principal Emeritus at St. Paul's College, University of Waterloo, Ontario. He has been professor of New Testament and Peace Studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, the University of Manitoba, Simon Fraser University, the University of Toronto, and the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem.

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