Exploring the significance of Judas Iscariot for Christian theology and the difficult issues surrounding Judas, Anthony Cane shows that focusing on the tension between providential and tragic interpretations of Judas in the New Testament and in subsequent writing about Judas, is the key to understanding his significance. Building on the work of Karl Barth and Donald MacKinnon, Cane's argument sheds light not simply on the way Judas is understood, but on the way Jesus and the whole economy of salvation are understood. This book also highlights implications for the way in which issues relating to anti-Semitism and evil and suffering are most effectively explored.
'I can only heartily recommend and endorse the publication of this book. Theologians, I fear, have hardened hearts and obtuse minds which keep them trapped in the age old heresy that Jesus did not have Judas in mind when he prayed from the cross, 'Father forgive them…'. Anthony Cane presents a more balanced picture.' William Klassen, Professor of Biblical Studies, Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Canada. '… topical, scholarly, and absorbing…' Church Times 'The basic insights of this work are not only sound; they are vital, challenging, and should be pondered by all Christians, not just specialists. Thankfully, the writing of the book is mostly accessible to non-specialists, and I would encourage all to take up and read this important and fascinating treatment of Judas.' The Catholic Historical Review '… Cane's book will provide fascinating background material for the figure of Judas in early Christianity…' Theological Book Review ’Crane's guiding assertion on how to situate Judas in Christology and theology make the book a very useful acquisition for theological schools.’ Religious Studies Review
Contents: Introduction; Judas in the New Testament; Judas and the tension between tragedy and providence; Judas' participation in the footwashing and Last Supper; Judas' place in the 'handing over' of the Son; Judas' repentance and death; Judas and Christ's descent into hell; A christology facing the tension between providence and tragedy; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.