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

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On best-seller lists nationwide: New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and the Washington Post.

This compelling and exhaustively researched account reveals the truth behind one of the greatest Judeo Christian archaeology of the century—a 1,600-year-old papyrus manuscript, or codex, containing the only known surviving Gospel of Judas. With all the skills of an inves
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by National Geographic
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Rick
This book is about the discovery and restoration of the Gospel of Judas Iscariot. The gospel, written on a papyrus codex, was discovered in Egypt around 30 years ago. This book tells of the discovery of the writing, and path to being brought to the public finally a couple years ago. It's not so much of a theologically focused book, as it is a journalistic approach giving the history of this document. It's really a pretty good read. Not quite as dry as some more scholarly books on early Christian ...more
Amber
The only fault in this book is that you don't end up with a translation of the gospel itself. This was an interesting telling of how the gospel was found and of its travels before it made it into the hands of people willing to and capable of interpreting it. I would definately recommend it to anyone interested ing the discovery and journey of the Codex but be aware that you will not get a translation in this book. This is a work of non-fiction and reads that way. Personally, I don't mind reading ...more
Todd
Jan 21, 2008 Todd rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jill
This book is the "National Geographic" account of how the text came to be discovered. It follows it from it's discovery in the early 1970's when no one realized what they actually had beyond being an ancient papyrus document. The folks who discovered it were illiterate and were unable to tell Coptic from Greek etc.

I have read several accounts of the discoveries of such monumental finds as the Nag Hammdhi Library and the Dead Sea Scrolls. What I liked best about this book is that it dealt in det
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Christopher Obert
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!
Clare
This is a poorly written, unfocused, sensationalist account of a jumbled series of events. Very little of the book is actually about the Gospel of Judas - I suppose the subtitle should have tipped me off that it's more about the quest. And an endless, boring one it is too.
Antonio
Very good account of how the document went from hand to hand, got damaged and finally got deciphered. Not good for those who believe the bible to be a God inspired book....good for those with a reasonable mind.
Joanna
I loved this book because it followed the path to find the book. It was not biased in trying to interpret the meaning of the the gospel. It explores the archeologist’s view of such a document.
Bistra Ivanova
Понеже исках да прочета повече за наскоро намереното евангелие от Юда, над чаша фреш от диня днес се зачетох в тази книга. Всъщност май по-скоро ми трябваше Евангелие от Юда, но нещо се обърках.
Както и да е - "Изчезналото евангелие" на National Geographic е егати бозата, как не ги е било срам да го издадат - 320 страници пълни глупости, кой на кого се обадил, с кого разговарял, какво си помислил, малко история, ама много досадна, и... на финала - сумарно около 1 (една) страница с текст от самот
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Steven Belanger
The reader needs to be interested in biblical scholarship, or at least scholarship about ancient texts on papyrus, in order to get something out of this. The author assumes his readers are likewise interested by the time they buy the book, so he doesn't try to make that part accessible to the reader--he assumes it already is. This book does not contain the Gospel of Judas itself; instead, it is a chronicle of the trials and trevails the MS. took to reach the correct scholars who would, and maybe ...more
Nick Sweeney
It's a long time since I too much interest in matters of Scripture, and I found this book fascinating as a reminder of the early Christian period. It gives a good background in the way the Christian religion developed. Before Constantine declared Christianity as a permitted religion in 315CE, it had been in the process of being codified by various authorities in the fledgling church, who were busy deciding what could and could not be admitted to the canon of work known eventually as the New Test ...more
Ario
wIW.. andaikata Injil Yudas ini adalah bagian dari perjanjian Baru, ada apa dengan umat Kristiani yak!

Injil Yudas adalah satu di antara ke-16 injil lainnya yang informasinya telah disimpan secara historis dalam tulisan-tulisan gereja perdana.

Satu-satunya manuskrip yang mencakup teks Injil ini muncul pada tahun 1970-an, setelah 1700 tahun berada di padang pasir Mesir dalam bentuk sebuah manuskrip papirus yang dijilid dengan kulit. Papirus yang ditulisi Injil ini sudah terpecah-pecah, karena beber
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Chris Lynch
Nov 24, 2008 Chris Lynch rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: devotees of Indiana Jones
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 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
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Baseni
"Vor über 30 Jahren, Mitte der 70er Jahre des vorigen Jahrhdts., wurden in Mittelägypten mehrere Kodizes entdeckt, der Versuch sie zu verkaufen scheiterte ein um das andere Mal, schließlich gelangte es nach der Jahrtausendwende in wissenschaftliche Hände, zum einen wurde die Restaurierung begonnen, zum anderen konnten die Texte endlich übersetzt werden. Es zeigte sich, daß es sich um einen mathematischen Text, einen Brief von Petrus an Philippus, eine Apokalypse des Jakobus, das „Buch des Alloge ...more
Heather
Feb 21, 2008 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: biblical/egyptian history buffs
prior to this book, it'd been a good 10+ years since i've read anything vaguely biblical. what i read back then was also nontraditional, in the stereotypical evangelical christian sense, so i suppose it's fitting that this book was my followup.

so: hordes of kudos to krosney for the thoroughly detailed research that The Lost Gospel demanded. truly, the story of this codex was a miraculous one -- miraculous that it survived at all, considering the horrendous treatment it received.

while the histo
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Noel
It is not what I was hoping for, in terms of a thorough translation, but it was a good read. Plain and simple it describes the steps to which the book was found and discovered. It describes the antique market of Egypt and the shady characters that make their living selling these ancient goods.
Mel Mayberry
Intriguing thought...was the discovery of an ancient papyrus codes actually the Gospel of Judas Iscariot? I had high hopes for learning what the text contained; instead, the book turned out to be a dry listing of people and their credentials.

The book did provide some interesting history regarding the antiquities trade, but it wasn't until the end when some of the text was actually shared with the reader. This is the reason the book was worth 2 stars, in my opinion. If it hadn't been for the nex
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Richard Dietz
Intrigue among the Early Christianity scholars

A lot of time is spent on the sad mishandling of the ancient manuscripts, as they deteriorate to brittle condition. But the scholars' excitement over the documents is contagious.
David
What a rip. Don't buy this book.

This isn't a book explaining the lost gospel of Judas. That's got to be another book. This is the book on how the book was found, who found it, how much they paid for it, where it spent the 1990s in a vault, etc. etc. Imagine an accountant -- a boring accountant, not Herbert Kornfeld -- documenting a paper trail from Egypt to the United States of an old artifact, etc. The last chapter actually dealt with the contents of the gospel of Judas.

The title, the cover, ev
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dan
I picked up The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot at the last minute before a trip from Boston to Stockholm. I hoped it would contain the Gospel of Judas Iscariot along with commentary about its discovery, historical context, and meaning for gnostic Christians. I was disappointed to find instead that the book is really the story of how the papyrus codex that contains the gospel was discovered in Egypt and ultimately brought to experts that could understand what it was. While that story is interestin ...more
Cheryl
I listened to this book on audio CD, and it was extremely difficult to follow at times in this format. I also found it to be a bit repetitive at times. However, the research and thorough documentation do lend believability to what would otherwise be a totally unbelievable tale - - - how one document could undergo such poor handling, intrigue and neglect and yet still survive and yield its secrets does make for an amazing story. In addition, i think it's a more than gentle reminder that while the ...more
Cathy Lipscomb
Part archeology + part early Church history + gnostic belief + the dirty underbelly of international buying/selling of antiquities. Not an easy read but worth the effort.
R.i. Moore
I've seen the Lost Gospel piece on A&E and I was intrigued then. A few years later I picked up the book and read in depth what the tv documentary couldn't possibly cover in one hour. This book opened my mind, not necessarily change it, to the possibility of a Gospel that could have been by Judas. The book gave good background and had me excited to turn to the next page. I would have liked to have had equal focus on the written pages (Gospel) like they did on the history of the book being bro ...more
Michael Rosenbaum
Frankly, I was very disappointed. The book focuses 95% on the various transactions and rumors that circulated around the discovery and mishandling of the document in question and only 5% on what the tract actually says. The result was some frustration and minimal illumination.

Part of the problem, of course, is that the book is 300 pages, while the recovered fragments would probably take up no more than 10. At the same time, that's the 10 I wanted to read.

Mick
An extremely well-written book, it's the story of the discovery of the lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot, which in short tells the story of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ in a completely different light. It's a true story, but is told without the dry writing of a textbook. It's actually the most entertaining book about a real life quest I've ever read.
Renee
i was hoping to have a better glimpse of the contents of the writings. This book is about the acquistion and near distruction of the papyrus before it arrived at the restoration. Intrigue in the collectors world, and an attempt to make greed and subtrafuge interesting that i waded thru hoping to get to something of substance that never appeared.
Kris
Interesting, but a bit drier than I expected. The story seemed to jump around quite a bit and I was disappointed that the narrative dragged on about topics that were on the fringe of importance.

I've read books about other found texts and enjoyed the suspense. For whatever reason, this one just didn't capture my attention.
Alvi Harahap
Very interesting book about the Gnostic gospel of Judas. I was a bit disappointed that Ehrman wrote about the text, but didn’t reproduce any of it. But I learned a lot about the myriad ways Judas is viewed by many gospel authors, and about Gnostic Christianity.
Camilla
Apr 27, 2007 Camilla rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with an open mind
Shelves: spirituality
I loved it.
Jesus said to Judas " you will exceed all of them, for you will sacrifice the man that clothes me" Gospel of Judas
Popularly people like to villify Judas and as I believe that all is as it should be, I reckon he played a vital role in helping Jesus.
Erin
The quest part was more than boring. I get it, the people who found it and sold it didn't do it well and the codex was/is disintegrating. Let's move on... The gospel part was neat and it was fun to read the translated text.
Angelo Roscetti
Poorly written, not worth the time. Shame it would have been very interesting but it relies on maybes and could of would have and should haves. Not worth reading. Sorry, I was looking forward to reading this.
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