An account of the story of the New Testament's arch-villain and his history over the past 2000 years in which Gubar links Christian anti-Semitism with Christianity's attempt to grapple with transcendent evil.
Introduction Part I: Myysterious origins Judas, fact or fiction? Alone of all his sex : Genesis in the Gospels Part II: Evolving incarnations Damned miscegenation : a fiendish adolescence from antiquity on Arresting kisses : coming of age, especially during the Renaissance In a modern glass darkly : the issue of sacrifice Twentieth-century deaths and resurrections : what would Judas do? Jesus, according to Judas's bad news : he who is praised.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -429) and index.