The Gospel of Judas

The Gospel of Judas

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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.

Baker & Taylor
Argues that a gospel told from the perspective of Judas Iscariot exists and, in this radical interpretation of it, states that Jesus asked Judas to betray him, which presents Judas as not a betrayer, but the one apostle who truly understood Jesus.

Book News
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)

Baker
& Taylor

Provides the complete text of the long-lost Gospel of Judas, found nearly thirty years ago in Egypt, along with interpretive commentary and annotations, in a study of the disciple, his writings, and their significance. 150,000 first printing.
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 TestamentGospels, 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.--From publisher description.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2006
ISBN: 9781426200427
1426200420
Characteristics: 185 p. ; 22 cm

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