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

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by Herbert Krosney, Bart D. Ehrman
     
 

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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 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.

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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 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.

This volume is the first publication of the remarkable gospel since it was condemned as heresy by early church leaders. The Gospel of Judas has been translated from its original Coptic into 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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From the Publisher
“The story of the gospel’s rediscovery and salvation [The Lost Gospel by Herbert Krosney] reads like a Hollywood mystery.” –The Boston Globe

“A dramatic story of the discovery of one of the most provocative gospels from the early Church.” –Marvin Meyer, editor of The Gospel of Judas

“Riveting…With the tenacity of a top-flight investigative reporter, Krosney…has provided us with scores of details that, were it not for his efforts, would have been lost forever.” –Bart D. Ehrman

Jesus said to Judas: “You will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me.” –The Gospel of Judas

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426200410
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
04/06/2006
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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Bart D. Ehrman
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

Meet the Author

Herbert Krosney is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. 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 co-author of The Islamic Bomb: the Nuclear Threat to Israel and the Middle East. He divides his time between New York and Jerusalem.

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is an expert on the history of early Christianity. He is the autor of 19 books including the bestselling Misquoting Jesus: the Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why.

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sahansdal More than 1 year ago
Krosney gives good coverage of the discovery and publication side of things. But like others have said, the interpretation is best left to others. Make that ... me. No scholar has yet realized that the sacrifice at the end is JUDAS, not Jesus. This is the Gnsotic version of &quot;Betrayal&quot;, not the orthodox one. Christianity will be in for a shock when the world finds out that the Gnostics have the real version of 'Judas'. He is a stand-in for James, the Lord's 'brother'. HE is the sacrifice, and the successor savior. Yes, Jesus was not the only one. In fact he was most likely fictional, too. judaswasjames dot com for more. --Robert Wahler, author
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a huge waist of time. The author goes on & on through pointless narrative & uselese info. If you buy this book then open up the back of the book where the actual gospel is. And, if you want to really learn something then buy a book written by an author who was educated in that field of study. Investigative reporting is not a qualification for this subject matter. To learn something read Bart Ehrman, who wrote the forward,or James Kugel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the author did a good job in presenting the story of how the Gospel of Judas came about. Not knowing much about the subject matter, I found the book to be a joy to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to give the author a credit for excellent job in gathering the data for this historical figure Judas. This book gives me an analogy of the lost Gospel as a piece of evidence to bail out Judas who has been in jail for so long for the crime of betrayal that he probably did not commit.It is fastinating for me to see the endurance of the author to gather all the data. Now it is for us to judge if the evidence is convincing enough for the verdict. Thinking is good for our soul.