Inquisitive Minds Podcast Critical Thinking on History, Religion, Politics and Culture

In this week’s episode, Calogero Miceli discusses his recent contribution to the online Christian Apocrypha resource on the Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles (http://www.nasscal.com/e-clavis-christian-apocrypha/). He explores the little-known account of Peter and the apostles’ journey in which they meet with a pearl merchant named Lithargoel and a physician accompanied by a young man. Near the end of the story the figures turn out to be Jesus which prompts questions about shapeshifting as a literary trope and also what the figure of Jesus’ appearance may have been.  

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In this last episode of series on the figure of Satan, we examine how the Gospel of John portrays this devilish character. A careful reading of the Fourth Gospel uncovers a parallel characterization between Satan, also known as the Devil and the Prince of the World, with that of Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus. The close association between these two figures seems as if the author of the John's gospel wanted to depict Judas as some sort of earthly manifestation of Satan. This was how the Johannine community could make sense of the idea that Jesus was handed over to the Roman authorities by a close friend; an evil act which they could only understand as having been inspired by Satan himself.

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