The Lost Gospel

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.

Baker & Taylor
Describes how the Gospel of Judas was discovered, why it was historically denounced as heresy, and what it says about the disciple's role in the plan for salvation.

Book News
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 (

& Taylor

An illustrated study of the life and times of Jesus's most reviled disciple, Judas Iscariot, offers an in-depth account of the search for and discovery in Egypt nearly thirty years ago of the manuscript of the long-lost Gospel of Judas. 250,000 first printing.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2006
ISBN: 9781426200410
Branch Call Number: BS2860.J83 K76 2006
Characteristics: 309, [14] p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm


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