Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bart D. Ehrman

Narrated By: Dennis Boutsikaris

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: December 2006

Duration: 8 hours 29 minutes

Summary:

A bestselling author and well-known expert on early Christianity, Jesus, and the New Testament gives the first complete account of the discovery and impact of the Gospel of Judas.

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.


(p) 2006 HighBridge Company.

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  • Mandi S. Chestler

    Bart Ehrman is a fine scholar gifted with the ability to write so a layperson can understand. His analysis of the Lost Gospel of Judas and the varying sects of early Christianity is both fascinating and accessible. Both this Gospel and Ehrman's book are fortunate finds.

  • Dana Livermore

    So this was, for the most part, very interesting. Presented as a sort of detective story in the beginning, Ehrman provides a great deal of insight into how historians and others interested in the ancient past piece together bits of information from sources who might or might not be questionable, to arrive at conclusions. While the book is about the newly found gospel of Judas, it expands to cover all that is known about Jesus and his followers and how they have been seen and interpreted down through history to our present understanding, and what we can really know about anyone who lived that long ago. I have to say that all these books about subjects with very little source material seem to repeat themselves a great deal, and that really stands out in the audio format .... hearing the same phrases repeated again and again is different than reading them, and perhaps more annoying. Maybe that is just me. :D

  • Wessel

    Bart D. Erhman continues his journeys through early Christian & Gnostic writings. This book was an excellent overview of the origins of the "secret" gospel and that, contrary to the National Geographic hoopla, this book has been in circulation for some time. It's clearly a Gnostic text and the scholars, National Geographic, and museum curators play off of the general populations ignorance of ancient Christian sects. After the first part of the book (background information and all the 'what if's' of the text), Erhman gets down to business and argues quite convincingly that this is much newer than Mark, Luke, Acts, or the writings of Paul. It clearly defines the theological controversies of the time by what is discussed and what is *not* discussed in this text. A good overview of how 'historical' characters are constructed from scant writings. A must read for all biblical scholars and seminaries.

  • Sher Schwartz

    The Gospel of Judas has recently come to public light, and Ehrman tells the fascinating story of the gospel's journey toward publication. He details how National Geographic became involved, and he explains the significance of the text as a Gnostic text and as a newly found gospel. His writing clearly expresses the story and can be easily appreciated by the layman interested in early Christianity. Is it possible that Judas was asked by Jesus to betray him? Was Judas the most enlightened of the twelve? Find out what the gospel says about this.