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

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

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by Herbert Krosney
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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“The story of the gospel’s rediscovery and salvation [The Lost Gospel by Herbert Krosney] reads like a Hollywood mystery.” –The Boston Globe

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

“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

“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

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ISBN-13:
9781426200809
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
07/04/2006
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Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
523,609
File size:
2 MB

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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 specializing in investigative and historical projects. 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 the co-author of The Islamic Bomb: The Nuclear Threat to Israel and the Middle East. A Harvard graduate, he began his career in newspaper reporting. Married with three children and five grandchildren, he divides his time between homes in 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 author of 19 books, including the bestselling Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why.



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Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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 "Betrayal", 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.