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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 Je
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Published July 4th 2006 by National Geographic Society (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jan 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christopher Obert
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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!
Jan 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Miles Fowler
Lost Gospel

I am trying to read or reread in succession three books having to do with the three year-old Gospel of Judas hoopla. I took some interest in the controversy at the time, but I like my controversies aged because time allows for further reflection, and, often, as in this case, insightful perspective.

The first book on my list is The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot by Herbert Krosney, a Harvard educated journalist and documentary filmmaker who is obviously promotin
Kim Myers
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the story of the travels of the Gospel of Judas. Would have liked more details of the actual text.
Marilyn Fontane
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, religion
The Lost Gospel by Herbert Krosney is a fascinating read. In it he presents the modern history (and some of the early history as well) in finding, restoring and reading the Gospel of Judas Iscariot. In the early days of Christianity there were many Gospels read and transmitted by various early Christian groups who did not have a canonical guide. Many of these have been found (some were never lost, but rather discarded by the church fathers as non-canonical), and are available to the general publ ...more
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I must first say that I do not buy into anything in any way related to Gnosticism. I don't believe that there was some secret wisdom imparted onto Judas from Jesus before his death.

What I do find fascinating, however, is the idea of a Gospel being written in relation to Judas, a man considered to be one of the most evil men in history. The history of the physical manuscript itself is also beyond intriguing, and reading about its jour
Nick Sweeney
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
Атанас Димов
В книгата "Изчезналото евангелие" авторът подробно разказва за пътя на древен ръкопис известен като Евангелието на Юда. В зависимост от интересите на читателя и очакванията от книгата тя може да бъде от доста интересна до доста отегчителна. Всъщност точно тези подробности от пътя на ръкописа след откриването му загубиха интереса у мен. Очаквах повече догматика, същностни противоречия в религиите и коментари върху самото евангелие. Такива обаче има само в последната глава. Определено книгата може ...more
Steven Belanger
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  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
Chris Lynch
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jun 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mitologi
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
Bistra Ivanova
Jul 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, nonfiction, god
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
I was so excited to read this book and learn the mysteries of the Lost Gospel!

Then I read it, and was not excited. I get that the author wanted to tell the Gospel's "amazing" journey to light and all that...but he probably could have done it in about 150 less pages and spent more time actually talking about the meaning in the Gospel itself.

The last chapter had the most information about it, but with virtually no scholarly explanation of anything. How many times did I have to read that the Gosp
Jul 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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
Marci Miller
This is primarily an entertaining story about the dealings that follow the discovery of Judas's Gospel, a document originally written probably around s II or III, which was thought to be long lost.
It is worth a read if you are keen to know a bit more about the murky world of antiques trading and what may go behind scenes.
The book also touches on the narrative of the Gospel itself (included at the end of the book) though that's something secondary in this book, which provides the context to the
Mar 31, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was more about the discovery and bringing to the public's attention of the Gospel of Judas than the content of the book itself. The author did a nice job in going back and forth between the discovery and restoration of the codex and the meaning of the gospel itself. The gospel puts the role of Judas in a whole new light and is from the gnostic school of Christianity. The author also did a nice job giving historical background on Christianity when it was needed for a reader who might no ...more
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
R.i. Moore
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a serviceable recounting of the finding, losing, deterioration, re-finding, and restoration of the codex of the Gospel of Judas. As another reviewer has pointed out, it could have been accomplished in many fewer pages. Rather than the footnotes provided in the translation of the Gospel itself, it would have been more helpful to the casual reader to have some explanation of Gnostic doctrines and myths.
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.

Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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