The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed

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Oxford University Press, Oct 9, 2006 - Religion - 208 pages
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The recent National Geographic special on the Gospel of Judas was a major media event, introducing to tens of millions of viewers one of the most important biblical discoveries of modern times. Now, a leading historian of the early church, Bart Ehrman, offers the first comprehensive account of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas, revealing what this legendary lost gospel contains and why it is so important for our understanding of Christianity. Ehrman, a featured commentator in the National Geographic special, describes how he first saw the Gospel of Judas--surprisingly, in a small room above a pizza parlor in a Swiss town near Lake Geneva--and he recounts the fascinating story of where and how this ancient papyrus document was discovered, how it moved around among antiquities dealers in Egypt, the United States, and Switzerland, and how it came to be restored and translated. More important, Ehrman gives the reader a complete and clear account of what the book teaches and he shows how it relates to other Gospel texts--both those inside the New Testament and those outside of it, most notably, the Gnostic texts of early Christianity. Finally, he describes what we now can say about the historical Judas himself as well as his relationship with Jesus, suggesting that one needs to read between the lines of the early Gospels to see exactly what Judas did and why he did it. The Gospel of Judas presents an entirely new view of Jesus, his disciples, and the man who allegedly betrayed him. It raises many questions and Bart Ehrman provides illuminating and authoritative answers, in a book that will interest anyone curious about the New Testament, the life of Jesus, and the history of Christianity after his death.
 

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User Review  - mirrani - LibraryThing

When I picked up this book I was expecting a lot of "this is exactly what the Gospel says" and I didn't get that, which I was pleased about. What I found was a very entertaining and thought provoking ... Read full review

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User Review  - ncnsstnt - LibraryThing

If you are a fan, and I am, I think you are going to like pretty much any book Ehrman writes.This was written shortly after Ehrman was one of the first 3 scholars to get a look at the Gospel of Judas ... Read full review

Contents

1 My Introduction to the Gospel of Judas
1
2 Judas in Our Earliest Gospels
13
3 Judas in Later Gospel Traditions
35
Our Previous Knowledge of a Gospel of Judas
53
5 The Discovery of the Gospel of Judas
67
An Overview
85
7 The Gospel of Judas and Early Christian Gnosticism
99
8 Jesus Judas and the Twelve in the Gospel of Judas
121
9 Who Was Judas Iscariot?
141
10 What Did Judas Betray and Why Did He Betray It?
153
11 The Gospel of Judas in Perspective
171
Notes
181
Index
189
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Bart D. Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One of the major public experts on early Christianity, Jesus, and the New Testament, he is very well known in his field and to a general audience through his books, including the New York Times bestseller Misquoting Jesus, Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene, Lost Christianities, Lost Scriptures, and Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code. He has appeared on NBC's Dateline, A&E, the History Channel, CNN, and a number of nationally syndicated NPR programs, and has taped several highly popular lecture series for "The Teaching Company."

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