The Gospel of the Twin

  • by Ron Cooper
  • Narrated by Charles Henderson Norman
  • 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An ancient legend claimed that Jesus had a twin brother named Thomas. An extra-biblical text that dates from perhaps as early as the late first century CE (which would make it the same age as the biblical gospels) claimed to be the secret teachings of Jesus as recorded by "Judas Didymos Thomas". The Greek word "Didymos" and the Aramaic word "Thomas" both mean "twin."
While only several Greek fragments of this manuscript, dating to the early second century CE, actually exist, a manuscript written in Coptic from the fourth century was discovered in 1945. This gospel of Thomas contains 114 purported sayings of Jesus, many of which resemble passages in the New Testament. Drawing upon years of extensive research in early Jewish and Christian history and recent work on the historical Jesus, acclaimed novelist Ron Cooper focuses on Thomas of Nazareth, old and bitter after years of self-imposed exile from his homeland, who returns to Jerusalem to write a book about his identical twin brother, Jesus. Disgusted by how others have perverted his brother's message, Thomas wants to set the record straight. But in doing so, he must try to unravel the enigma that was Jesus.
Provocative, inventive, and sure to be controversial, The Gospel of the Twin draws upon scriptural and ancient, non-biblical sources to present an imaginative version of the founding of Christianity through scenes of violence, tenderness, and mistaken identity that will change the way the world thinks about Jesus. For fans of such books as Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan, Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly, and even such Dan Brown novels as The Da Vinci Code, Cooper's The Gospel of the Twin may also appeal to listeners of such sophisticated Bible scholars as Bart Erhman, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Elaine Pagels, all of whom have written academic works as well as books more accessible to the general listener.


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An interesting perspective on biblical terms...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Gospel of the Twin to be better than the print version?

The narrator gave life to the insightful message this book was intended to portray. That integral message could not have been achieved without the audio version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jesus because he found insight in the most dire of circumstances. His enigmatic thinking gave great purpose to this book.

What does Charles Henderson Norman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a great job! His voice brought the story alive.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I loved it! I wish it could have been longer. The message was invaluable.

Any additional comments?

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- Daman "A good listen makes for an amazing day!"

Biblical Fiction more believable than the Bible!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No. It was a well thought through book with a failry origional (to me anyway) idea. As we are all familiar with the Bible and it's characters it gave the whole book an oddly familiar feeling, and I felt the author put that to good use.

If you’ve listened to books by Ron Cooper before, how does this one compare?

No this is my first book from Ron, I will look for more from him.

Have you listened to any of Charles Henderson Norman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I have, and I must say I like how he narrates this book, his performance is as good as the others I have listened to from him. Charles has a nice even voice and is easy on the ears whilst listening.

Did The Gospel of the Twin inspire you to do anything?

It made me think a little more about the stories we have come to know out whole lives reading the Bible, and the many things in it that don't make sense, seem to make a little more sense if we look at it through the eyes of Ron Cooper.

Any additional comments?

This is an interesting book whether you are religious or not. It's very very clever, and well written; historical fiction.

I received this book for free in return for my honest and unbiased review.

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- Darren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-09-2015
  • Publisher: Bancroft Press