The Gospel of Judas
Kasser (Rodolphe), Wurst (Gregor) & Meyer (Marvin)
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Inside Cover Blurb

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The authors:-
    • 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.

Back Cover Blurb
  1. Lost for 1,600 years, the controversial Gospel of Judas was found in a desert cave in Egypt. The National Geographic Society put the ancient gospel’s papyrus pages through the closest scrutiny possible in order to be certain of its age and authenticity. The process included submitting samples of the text to the most rigorous radiocarbon dating possible, and consulting with leading scholars who could interpret the gospel’s meaning, and accurately confirm its provenance, and historical and religious significance.
  2. This ground-breaking and compelling book offers the first publication of the Gospel of Judas in modern times.

Book Comment

National Geographic, Washington D.C., 2006. Hardback.



"Meyer (Marvin) - Gospel of Judas: Introduction"

Source: Kasser (Rodolphe), Wurst (Gregor) & Meyer (Marvin) - Gospel of Judas



"Kasser (Rodolphe), Wurst (Gregor), Meyer (Marvin) & Gaudard (Francois) - The Gospel of Judas"

Source: Kasser (Rodolphe), Wurst (Gregor) & Meyer (Marvin) - Gospel of Judas



"Kasser (Rodolphe) - The Story of Codex Tchacos and the Gospel of Judas"

Source: Kasser (Rodolphe), Wurst (Gregor) & Meyer (Marvin) - Gospel of Judas



"Ehrman (Bart D.) - Christianity Turned on its Head: The Alternative Vision of the Gospel of Judas"

Source: Kasser (Rodolphe), Wurst (Gregor) & Meyer (Marvin) - Gospel of Judas



"Wurst (Gregor) - Ireneus of Lyon and the Gospel of Judas"

Source: Kasser (Rodolphe), Wurst (Gregor) & Meyer (Marvin) - Gospel of Judas



"Meyer (Marvin) - Judas and the Gnostic Connection"

Source: Kasser (Rodolphe), Wurst (Gregor) & Meyer (Marvin) - Gospel of Judas



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