At 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong will give a lecture titled “Judas Iscariot: Myth or History” as part of his weeklong lecture series, “Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy.” The lecture will analyze the way the Gospel of Matthew depicts Judas, who Spong argues is the anti-hero of the Gospel. His lecture will examine Judas from a Jewish perspective, analyzing everything from the etymology of the word “Judas” to the meaning behind his actions in the Gospel’s stories. Spong argues that a Jewish and non-literal, perspective is necessary in order to understand Judas and the meaning his stories provide.
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