"The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot…" –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
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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