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The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot

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Judas Iscariot.

He's been hated and reviled through the ages as Jesus Christ's betrayer — the close friend who sells him out for 30 pieces of silver.

But history also records other information about Judas Iscariot. One such reference was written in 180 by an influential Church Father named St. Irenaeus who railed against the Gospel of Judas for depicting the last days of Jesus from the perspective of the disgraced apostle. In its pages, Judas is Christ's favorite.

It's a startlingly different story than the one handed down through the ages. Once it was denounced as heresy, the Gospel of Judas faded from sight. It became one of history's forgotten manuscripts.

Until now.

In this compelling and exhaustively researched account, Herbert Krosney unravels how the Gospel of Judas was found and its meaning painstakingly teased from the ancient Coptic script that had hid its message for centuries. With all the skills of an investigative journalist and master storyteller, Krosney traces the forgotten gospel's improbable journey across three continents, a trek that would take it through the netherworld of the international antiquities trade, until the crumbling papyrus is finally made to give up its secrets. The race to discover the Gospel of Judas will go down as one of the great detective stories of biblical archaeology.

Review:

"Riveting....With the tenacity of a top-flight investigative reporter, Krosney pursued every facet of the discovery and reclamation of the text. With an uncanny knack for piecing together isolated data, he has provided us with scores of details that, were it not for his efforts, would have been lost forever." Bart D. Ehrman, author of Lost Christianities

Book News Annotation:

A writer and documentary filmmaker based in New York and Jerusalem, Krosney describes how Egyptian peasants discovered a bound papyrus book in Coptic near the Nile in the middle to late 1970s that was identified in 2000 as the Gospel of Judas Iscariot, which was mentioned by some early Christians but condemned 1,800 years ago. It has been radio-carbon dated at 220-340 +/- 60 years. He includes quotations from the text, but the text itself was published as The Gospel of Judas (ISBN 1-4262-0042-0), which was the first modern translation of the ancient Coptic document. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

One of the greatest discoveries in Judeo-Christian archaeology, the Gospel of Judas did not head straight to a museum, or even to the library of a rich collector. The gospel's removal from its burial place was just the beginning of a bizarre cloak-and-dagger journey.

The ancient manuscript, treated like a piece of merchandise, would be shopped around on three continents over the next twenty-five years, its contents glimpsed only a few times between long periods of inactivity in far from ideal storage conditions. In this compelling and exhaustively researched account, Herbert Krosney chronicles the quest for the Gospel of Judas, its discovery, and eventual modern publication.

Synopsis:

Judas Iscariot.

Hes been hated and reviled through the ages as Jesus Christs betrayer-the close friend who sells him out for 30 pieces of silver.

But history also records other information about Judas Iscariot. One such reference was written in 180 by an influential Church Father named St. Irenaeus who railed against the Gospel of Judas for depicting the last days of Jesus from the perspective of the disgraced apostle. In its pages, Judas is Christs favorite.

Its a startlingly different story than the one handed down through the ages. Once it was denounced as heresy, the Gospel of Judas faded from sight. It became one of historys forgotten manuscripts.

Until now.

In this compelling and exhaustively researched account, Herbert Krosney unravels how the Gospel of Judas was found and its meaning painstakingly teased from the ancient Coptic script that had hid its message for centuries. With all the skills of an investigative journalist and master storyteller, Krosney traces the forgotten gospels improbable journey across three continents, a trek that would take it through the netherworld of the international antiquities trade, until the crumbling papyrus is finally made to give up its secrets. The race to discover the Gospel of Judas will go down as one of the great detective stories of biblical archaeology.

About the Author

Herbert Krosney is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker specializing in investigative and historical projects. He has worked for BBC, PBS, and the History Channel as well as National Geographic. He is the author of Beyond Welfare: Poverty in the Supercity; Deadly Business: Legal Deals and Outlaw Weapons; and the co-author of The Islamic Bomb: The Nuclear Threat to Israel and the Middle East. A Harvard graduate, he began his career in newspaper reporting. Married with three children and five grandchildren, he divides his time between homes in New York and Jerusalem.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781426200410
Author:
Krosney, Herbert
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Manufactured:
National Geographic
Author:
National Geographic
Author:
Ehrman, Bart D.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religion - Church History
Subject:
Judas Iscariot
Subject:
Apocryphal Gospels.
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Antiquities & Archaeology
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Publication Date:
April 6, 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-PAGES OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.18x6.72x1.18 in. 1.39 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Riveting....With the tenacity of a top-flight investigative reporter, Krosney pursued every facet of the discovery and reclamation of the text. With an uncanny knack for piecing together isolated data, he has provided us with scores of details that, were it not for his efforts, would have been lost forever."
"Synopsis" by , One of the greatest discoveries in Judeo-Christian archaeology, the Gospel of Judas did not head straight to a museum, or even to the library of a rich collector. The gospel's removal from its burial place was just the beginning of a bizarre cloak-and-dagger journey.

The ancient manuscript, treated like a piece of merchandise, would be shopped around on three continents over the next twenty-five years, its contents glimpsed only a few times between long periods of inactivity in far from ideal storage conditions. In this compelling and exhaustively researched account, Herbert Krosney chronicles the quest for the Gospel of Judas, its discovery, and eventual modern publication.

"Synopsis" by , Judas Iscariot.

Hes been hated and reviled through the ages as Jesus Christs betrayer-the close friend who sells him out for 30 pieces of silver.

But history also records other information about Judas Iscariot. One such reference was written in 180 by an influential Church Father named St. Irenaeus who railed against the Gospel of Judas for depicting the last days of Jesus from the perspective of the disgraced apostle. In its pages, Judas is Christs favorite.

Its a startlingly different story than the one handed down through the ages. Once it was denounced as heresy, the Gospel of Judas faded from sight. It became one of historys forgotten manuscripts.

Until now.

In this compelling and exhaustively researched account, Herbert Krosney unravels how the Gospel of Judas was found and its meaning painstakingly teased from the ancient Coptic script that had hid its message for centuries. With all the skills of an investigative journalist and master storyteller, Krosney traces the forgotten gospels improbable journey across three continents, a trek that would take it through the netherworld of the international antiquities trade, until the crumbling papyrus is finally made to give up its secrets. The race to discover the Gospel of Judas will go down as one of the great detective stories of biblical archaeology.

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