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ananda wrote:

> My question is this. In the story, the character who
> presents the versions of Judas is Nils Runeberg, a turn of
> the century scholar. What kind of person is Nils Runeberg?
> That name is most intriguing... parse it out: nil, rune,
> berg....
>
> How does the speaker want us to think about Runeberg, that
> part of the gospel, and the truth that Christianity has to
> offer?
>
> ananda

Hi Ananda,

I can't recall the story, but runes are a kind of sacred, mysterious script, berg is a town or perhaps a hill of some kind and nil is nothing. One definition I found was repository for mysterious symbols with the nil suggesting Borges denial of its import.

One thing that occurs to me is why Judas is necessary to the story at all. If the Sanhedrin wanted to get at Jesus why did they need a inside man so to speak. Surely they knew what he looked like. It would be easy to find where he was at any given time. A betrayer seems a superfluous element unless a scapegoat was necessary for dramatic balance or something. In any case it's hard to see how Judas could offer any service worth 30 pieces of silver to anyone.

Briffits

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Subject Views Written By Posted
Borges on Jesus and Judas 1013 ananda 01-Mar-04 22:44
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 224 Briffits 01-Mar-04 23:52
A little on Runeberg and his "superfluous Judas" argument 220 ananda 02-Mar-04 01:58
Re: A little on Runeberg and his "superfluous Judas" argument 200 Briffits 02-Mar-04 08:54
Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 233 ananda 02-Mar-04 13:24
Re: Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 209 javier 02-Mar-04 17:46
Re: Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 244 ananda 02-Mar-04 20:29
Lund is in Sweden, /t 1053 Briffits 02-Mar-04 20:38
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 222 ananda 02-Mar-04 21:47
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 286 Briffits 02-Mar-04 22:09
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 223 javier 03-Mar-04 12:04
Lund is in Sweden, n/t 191 Briffits 02-Mar-04 20:38
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 228 Melusine 04-Mar-04 02:04
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 198 timewaster 04-Mar-04 03:29
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 209 ananda 04-Mar-04 12:52
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 215 Bent 04-Mar-04 16:43
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 186 ananda 04-Mar-04 17:03
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 209 Bent 04-Mar-04 17:14
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 245 ananda 04-Mar-04 18:09
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 372 Bent 04-Mar-04 18:22


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