My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a fantastic little book. I just read it for the second time. Wright manages to explain early Gnosticism, how the Gospel of Judas can’t possibly be an accurate portrayal of anything Jesus actually taught, debunk the debunkers of the historical Jesus, and show how Gnosticism is still very much present in American Christianity. All in 150 pgs.!
What I most enjoy about Wright is ability to simplify tons of material and relate the ancient world to our own. Additionally, while he criticizes other scholars pretty sharply, he always does it in a respectful fashion.
You may not agree with Wright’s entire theological project, but he has led the way in a winsome, scholarly, and still critical engagement with “radical” scholars who attempt to undermine the canonical/historical Jesus.