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A Time for Judas

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Cover artist  Brant Cowie
Publication date  September 1983
Originally published  September 1983
Genre  Novel
Country  Canada
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Language  English
Pages  247 pp
Author  Morley Callaghan
Publisher  Macmillan of Canada
OCLC  10211755
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Media type  Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN  0-7715-9772-X (hardback edition) & ISBN 0-312-80513-6 (paperback edition)
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A Time for Judas is a historiographic metafiction novel by Canadian author Morley Callaghan, published by Macmillan of Canada in 1983.

The novel tells the story of a man in modern times who discovers tablets written by a scribe named Philo of Crete or Philo the Greek. In the story, these tablets are from the time of Jesus and are Philo's telling of Jesus' last days and the aftermath, including his resurrection. This modern-day man writes a novel based on these tablets. The bulk of the real novel is the fictional novel, i.e. a retelling of sorts of Philo's story.

Plot introduction

The title refers to the friendship between the scribe, Philo, and Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. The premise is that Judas was actually Jesus' most trusted disciple, and chose him for the important job of "betraying" him to the authorities. In other words, Judas was following Jesus' instructions. He tells his story to Philo, who writes it all down on papyrus, seals it up in a Greek jar, and hides it until it is discovered in the 20th century. The story goes that Judas hanged himself, not because he was ashamed of betraying Jesus, but because he had not kept the secret as Jesus had made him promise to do.


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