Re: RARA-AVIS: Judas

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 09 Apr 2006

Despite the hoopla, the supposed "newness" of this interpretation of Judas is really not new at all, except for its specific recent contextual occurrence. After all, it's been around at least since Jorge Luis Borges wrote a piece saying much the same thing in the
(I think) 1940s, entitled "Three Versions of Judas." R

--- Tim Wohlforth <> wrote:

> Okay, so it's a rather old story. However, now we
> can understand it
> in a new light. Nothing like a new twist after 2,000
> years. It is
> difficult to discuss noir writing without sooner or
> later touching on
> the theme of betrayal. That is, dealing with Judas.
> We now learn
> that it is possible that Judas was a good guy,
> Jesus' most loyal
> disciple, the betrayal orchestrated by Jesus
> himself. There are even
> hints of the tradition gospels that suggest this:
> that the
> crucifixion was part of some divine plan. Think
> about it for a
> moment. If we are to accept for the moment the
> Christian concept that
> Jesus was the son of God then when the Gospel of
> Judas says "For you
> will sacrifice the man that clothes me" Jesus is
> expressing a
> determination to free himself of his human
> characteristics. Now that
> is a rather noir comment on the human condition. He
> was relieved to
> be done with being like us. If, on the other hand,
> Jesus was a
> mortal, then this casts him in a rather dark light.
> That is he wished
> to be martyred in order to be remembered as such.
> Sort of like
> Moussaoui.
> I am not testifying to the accuracy of the Gospel of
> Judas, nor
> trying to say anything about religious belief as
> such. I am trying to
> say something about story. To see Judas as a good
> guy does not put a
> period to the story of betrayal. One way or another
> betrayal is part
> of the broader human narrative along with salvation.
> We live now and
> always have in a manichaean world. The noir tale
> feeds on this and
> explores, so to speak, one side, the dark side, of
> this larger
> story. The Gospel of Spade.
> Tim Wohlforth

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