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Publisher's Summary

Lost for nearly 1,700 years, newly restored and authenticated, the Gospel of Judas presents a very different view of the relationship between Jesus and Judas. Rather than paint Judas as a traitor, it portrays him as acting at Jesus' request. A National Geographic special introduced tens of millions of viewers to one of the most important biblical discoveries of modern times. Now a leading historian of the early church (and a featured commentator in the special) offers the first comprehensive account of the gospel, revealing what it contains and why it is so important for believers around the world.
Ehrman recounts the fascinating story of where and how this ancient parchment document was discovered, how it moved around among antiquities dealers, and how it came to be restored and translated. He gives a complete and clear account of what the book teaches, and he shows how it relates to other gospel texts, including the Gnostic texts of early Christianity. Finally, he describes what we can now say about the historical Judas and his relationship with Jesus.
The Gospel of Judas raises many questions. Ehrman provides illuminating and authoritative answers.
©2006 Bart D. Ehrman (P)2006 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

"In typically brilliant fashion...Ehrman's fast-paced study introduces us engagingly to the Gospel of Judas." (Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-14-13

The Laughing Jesus

I strongly agree with David from Wisconsin. I believe that Bart does a better job with this subject then probably anyone else could. Several chapters are devoted to how this document was found and what happened to it after. Bart explains why this document is important and in layman's terms. He explains a lot about Gnostic teachings. At first this is fairly interesting, but later he goes into so much detail that I lost interest.

I did like the explanation about how people often combine the three Gospels, which in effect creates another gospel all together. All the gospels where written in a certain way to a certain group of people and to highlight a certain theology. When you combine them, it distorts the effect. I have narrated a lot of Easter programs for my church and have seen how that happens.

Gnostics seem to believe that the Old Testament God (Creator God) is not the same as the New Testament (Loving) God. This is an interesting concept, but from there it gets pretty weird. They seem to become the Anti-Church. They believe almost the opposite of what Christians believe.

Toward the end, Bart starts repeating himself and gets into thick details I lost interest in.

The narrator is so good, that I thought it was the author. Narrator is very comfortable to listen to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Henry Scalfo on 01-18-07


An Excellent and fascinating story revealing that some early Christians had a completely different perspective of Judas. Highly recommended for anyone interested in early Christian history.
Dennis Boutsikaris does an outstanding job at narrating; his style is warm and conversational.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lesley on 04-08-09

Better than previous outings by Erhman

This listen is very imformative and tells the story of how the gospel was found and finally realised. The story of the parchment is more interesting than what it actually says about Judas and Jesus. Obviously there would be no Christianity without Judas and he was probably Jesus' fave disciple. An enjoyable listen. Recommended.

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