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The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Herbert Krosney

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Title:The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot
Authors:Herbert Krosney
Info:National Geographic (2006), Edition: illustrated edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
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The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot by Herbert Krosney (2006)



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A workmanlike account of the discovery and subsequent travels and tribulations of the manuscript "Gospel of Judas." A bit repetitive and clearly somewhat rushed into print, this volume nonetheless provides a look at the dark underbelly of the antiquities trade as well as the (eventual) forensic examinations of the manuscript. ( )
  JBD1 | Dec 30, 2016 |
  saintmarysaccden | Sep 21, 2013 |
I found The Lost Gospel to be quite a story. I had no idea that the under world of artifact smuggling was so interesting. The author tells the history and the needed details that make this intriguing story understandable and helps to connect the past and the present. Now that I have read the Lost Gospel, I am very interested in finding out more about the Nag Hammadi documents and the writings of the Gnostics! ( )
  Chris177 | Feb 25, 2011 |
This is essentially a very long National Geographic article about how the Gospel of Judas was found and (eventually) preserved and translated. It describes a Judas who was actually Jesus's friend and greatest disciple, and not the betrayer history has made him out to be. While well-written and interesting enough (the story reads like Indiana Jones and the Lost Gospel), this isn't a serious book. Very little theological context is given, and the ancient papyrus codex is little more than a very valuable MacGuffin to virtually everyone seeking it. I did learn some depressing things about the antiquities trade, and the story of how a priceless manuscript is allowed to literally rot to bits is gripping enough that I read the book from cover to cover. The book also contains the translation of what survives of the gospel (about 80%). But with only one cursory chapter devoted to explication, it's difficult to understand the gospel's significance within the gnostic tradition the author was writing in. The book at least piqued my interest in reading something more scholarly on the subject. For one thing, the Jesus of this gospel actually has a sense of humour. ( )
1 vote hydrolith | Jan 3, 2009 |
It's a story of the discovery and translation of the lost gospel of Judas. Very interesting stuff and undoubtedly worth knowing, but it felt like this piece had Alzheimer's- things got repeated over and over again. So, not recommended, unless you are interested in the way the manuscript was discovered and then in the attempts to sell it, and all the intrigue surrounding its translation in minute details repeated over and over and over again. ( )
1 vote Niecierpek | Dec 31, 2006 |
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Truly, truly, I say unto you, the man who betrays the Son of God, it is better that he had never been born. -The Book of Matthew
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He's one of the most hated men in history - the apostle who betrayed Jesus Christ.
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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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Describes how the Gospel of Judas was discovered, why it was historically denounced as heresy, and what it says about the disciple's role in the plan for salvation.

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