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For 1,600 years its message lay hidden. When the bound papyrus pages of this lost gospel finally reached scholars who could unlock its meaning, they were astounded. Here was a gospel that had not been seen since the early days of Christianity, and which few experts had even thought existed — a gospel told from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, history's ultimate traitor. And far from being a villain, the Judas that emerges in its pages is a hero.

In this radical reinterpretation, Jesus asks Judas to betray him. In contrast to the New Testament Gospels, Judas Iscariot is presented as a role model for all those who wish to be disciples of Jesus. He is the one apostle who truly understands Jesus.

This volume is the first publication of the remarkable gospel since it was condemned as heresy by early Church leaders, most notably by St. Irenaeus, in 180. Hidden away in a cavern in Middle Egypt, the codex (or book) containing the gospel was discovered by farmers in the 1970s. In the intervening years the papyrus codex was bought and sold by antiquities traders, hidden away, and carried across three continents, all the while suffering damage that reduced much of it to fragments. In 2001, it finally found its way into the hands of a team of experts who would painstakingly reassemble and restore it.

The Gospel of Judas has been translated from its original Coptic in clear prose, and is accompanied by commentary that explains its fascinating history in the context of the early Church, offering a whole new way of understanding the message of Jesus Christ.

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"The discovery of the Gospel of Judas is astonishing." Elaine Pagels

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"[O]ne of the greatest historical discoveries of the twentieth century. It rivals the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Gnostic Gospels of Nag Hammadi." Bart D. Ehrman, author of Lost Christianities

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It was condemned as heretical in 180 CE, lay hidden in a cavern, found by farmers in 1970, sold, resold, and sold again. Upon discovering it at the turn of the twenty-first century, experts authenticated it, conserved it, interpreted it and here published it. Bound to be controversial in both provenance and content, this version of the story of Jesus and Judas Iscariot follows the Gnostic tradition; Judas follows the order of Jesus to betray him so he can shed his earthly body and return to a higher order of spiritual beings. This includes an English translation of the text, followed by commentary by experts hailing from the U. of Geneva, Chapman U., U. of Augsburg and the U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the history of the text, its alternative vision, its condemnation, and its connection with Gnosticism.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

It was condemned as heretical in 180 CE, lay hidden in a cavern, found by farmers in 1970, sold, resold, and sold again. Upon discovering it at the turn of the twenty-first century, experts authenticated it, conserved it, interpreted it and here published it. Bound to be controversial in both provenance and content, this version of the story of Jesus and Judas Iscariot follows the Gnostic tradition; Judas follows the order of Jesus to betray him so he can shed his earthly body and return to a higher order of spiritual beings. This includes an English translation of the text, followed by commentary by experts hailing from the U. of Geneva, Chapman U., U. of Augsburg and the U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the history of the text, its alternative vision, its condemnation, and its connection with Gnosticism. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

For 1,600 years its message lay hidden. When the bound papyrus pages of this lost gospel finally reached scholars who could unlock its meaning, they were astounded. Here was a gospel told from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, history's ultimate traitor. And far from being a villain, the Judas that emerges in its pages is a hero.

This volume is the first publication of the remarkable gospel since it was condemned as heresy by early church leaders. The Gospel of Judas has been translated from its original Coptic into clear prose and is accompanied by commentary that explains its fascinating history in the context of the early church, offering a whole new way of understanding the message of Jesus Christ.

About the Author

Rodolphe Kasser, Ph.D., a professor emeritus on the Faculty of Arts at the University of Geneva, is one of the world's leading Coptologists. He has organized the restoration and prepared the editio princeps of Codex Tchacos, containing the Gospel of Judas and three other Coptic Gnostic texts.

Marvin Meyer, Ph.D., Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University and Director of the Chapman University Albert Schweitzer Institute, is one of the foremost scholars on Gnosticism, the Nag Hammadi Library, and texts about Jesus outside the New Testament.

Gregor Wurst, Ph.D., is professor of Ecclesiastical History and Patristics at the University of Augsburg, Germany.

Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an expert on early Christianity.

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Margie, February 20, 2008 (view all comments by Margie)
If you expect to read the full text of the Gospel of Judas, you will be disappointed as the damage to the papyrus made for lost words and even larger gaps. It is an interesting read though for the history of gnostic practitioners and scholarly interpretations of the text, although I do not always agree with the scholarly interpretations.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781426200427
Author:
Randolphe Kasser and Marvin Meyer and Gregor Wurst
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
With Additional Commentary by:
Ehrman, Bart D.
Manufactured:
National Geographic
Editor:
Kasser, Rodolphe
Editor:
Wurst, Gregor
Editor:
Meyer, Marvin
Author:
Wurst, Gregor
Author:
National Geographic
Author:
National Geographic Society
Author:
Ehrman, Bart D.
Author:
Kasser, Rodolphe
Author:
Meyer, Marvin
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Church history - Pr
Subject:
Gnosticism -- History.
Subject:
Antiquities & Archaeology
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Publication Date:
April 6, 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.18x5.96x.81 in. .70 lbs.

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"Review" by , "The discovery of the Gospel of Judas is astonishing."
"Review" by , "[O]ne of the greatest historical discoveries of the twentieth century. It rivals the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Gnostic Gospels of Nag Hammadi."
"Synopsis" by , For 1,600 years its message lay hidden. When the bound papyrus pages of this lost gospel finally reached scholars who could unlock its meaning, they were astounded. Here was a gospel told from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, history's ultimate traitor. And far from being a villain, the Judas that emerges in its pages is a hero.

This volume is the first publication of the remarkable gospel since it was condemned as heresy by early church leaders. The Gospel of Judas has been translated from its original Coptic into clear prose and is accompanied by commentary that explains its fascinating history in the context of the early church, offering a whole new way of understanding the message of Jesus Christ.

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