The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from Fiction

The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from Fiction

The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from Fiction

The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from Fiction


With the discovery of the Gospel of Judas came an outpouring of hyperbolic language, both negative and positive. Alongside the loudly stated opinions of historians and scholars was the quiet bewilderment of people who simply weren't sure what to think -- confusion not helped by vast, often incorrect, media attention.

In this book Stanley Porter and Gordon Heath set the muddied record straight. After first looking at the initial ballyhoo surrounding the publication of the Gospel of Judas, they carefully set the Gospel in context, providing a brief history of Judas himself as seen in the New Testament and in church history, discussing Gnostic philosophy and other recent textual finds, and examining the content and authenticity of the Gospel of Judas. Porter and Heath's Lost Gospel of Judas sifts through all the evidence and presents the results with scholarly clarity.


There has been plenty of hyperbolic language used of the Gospel of Judas recently. It is because of this hyperbole that we undertook to write this book. To put it quite honestly, as a New Testament scholar and a church historian we were surprised, if not bewildered, by the response to the Gospel of Judas. On the one hand, this was another in a long line of recent discoveries that was being hailed as the greatest discovery since, well, the last great discovery. On the other hand, it seemed that there were a lot of people who did not know what to think about this manuscript. There is no doubt that all the media attention contributed to the bewilderment.

As a result, we wrote this book to attempt to set the record straight. the Gospel of Judas is no doubt a relatively significant find from the fourth century, with possible implications for having been written and even translated as early as the second century. the Gospel of Judas does present a picture of Jesus that is foreign to the New Testament account which needs to be placed in its proper context. We have attempted to sift through all of this evidence and present the results of our examination in a readable format for those who are interested in such things.

We wish to thank a number of people for making this project possible. Each of the authors appreciates the work of the other. Team projects and collaboration do no93682

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