Unorthodox Pair Converts Judas Tale Into a Page-Turner
By Sarah Delaney
ROME, March 20 -- A very odd couple has teamed up to spread the word
of the Gospel -- in this case, the Gospel of Judas, in a fictional
but, according to the authors, theologically plausible explanation
of why Christianity's most maligned personality did what he did.
They hope it will inspire people to pay more attention to the Bible.
Lord Jeffrey Archer, author of best-selling thrillers, former member
of the British Parliament and convicted perjurer, has written "The
Gospel According to Judas" with the academic help of the Rev.
Francis J. Moloney, a world-class biblical scholar and former
theological adviser to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict
Not to be confused with the Gospel of Judas on display last year at
the National Geographic Society, this small, gilt-edged book is
narrated by Benjamin Iscariot, the hypothetical eldest son of the
disciple who betrayed Jesus. Not, however, for 30 pieces of silver.
Although it has not been officially Vatican-endorsed, Vatican Radio
devoted a segment to it today, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute
held a lecture on the book. The authors hope to attract people to
the Bible and renew examination of the life of Jesus and his
relationship to Judas Iscariot.