Re: RARA-AVIS: Judas

Date: 10 Apr 2006

Yes, that's right. "Three Versions of Judas" appeared in Borges' volume LABYRINTHS from 1962 ... not sure when "Judas" was originally written/ublished, however. In the story, theologians debate the authenticity of manuscript evidence that seems to indicate that Judas was the true "savior" in that he forfeited his eternal soul to hand Jesus over thereby ensuring his (Jesus') crucifixion and thus redemption for everyone else. There are additional layers to the story -- obviously, it's from Borges -- but that's it in a nutshell.

Either way, it strikes me that Judas is the quintessential noir hero.

(from Rochester)

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