Gospel of Judas

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In April 2006 the National Geographic Society[1] published a Gospel of Judas translation. Here are some links to various resources, including sites where accurate analysis and discussion can be expected.


PDF files for the Coptic edition and/or the English translation are available from the following sites:

  • National Geographic - Coptic version [2]
  • National Geographic - English translation [3]
  • Roger Pearce [4] (English text)

The Gospel of Judas codex included not only the Gospel of Judas, but also some other ancient texts, including Exodus in Greek and Colossians in Coptic.

  • A full list of the Exodus leaves is available at: http://www.breadofangels.com/geneva1983/exodus/index.html
  • For some of the Exodus fragments, see: David A. Desilva and Marcus P. Adams, "Seven papyrus fragments of a Greek manuscript of Exodus" in Vetus Testamentum 56 (2006) 143-170
  • An image of another portion of Exodus (3:21-4:3 - not noted in the Vetus Testamentum article) is available online.[5] Wieland Willker has made a rough transcription available as a PDF file[6] and comments are welcome.

Ancient Witnesses

Irenaus, Against Heresies

1. Others again declare that Cain derived his being from the Power above, and acknowledge that Esau, Korah, the Sodomites, and all such persons, are related to themselves. On this account, they add, they have been assailed by the Creator, yet no one of them has suffered injury. For Sophia was in the habit of carrying off that which belonged to her from them to herself. They declare that Judas the traitor was thoroughly acquainted with these things, and that he alone, knowing the truth as no others did, accomplished the mystery of the betrayal; by him all things, both earthly and heavenly, were thus thrown into confusion. They produce a fictitious history of this kind, which they style the Gospel of Judas. (haer. I.31)[7]


The Gospel of Judas
National Geographic Society, 2006
352 pages, English, Cloth
ISBN: 1426200420
List Price: $22.00
Eisenbrauns[8] Price: $16.50

The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot
National Geographic Society, 2006
192 pages, English, Cloth
ISBN: 1426200412
List Price: $27.00
Eisenbrauns[9] Price: $20.25

The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and His Lost Gospel
James M. Robinson
HarperCollins Publishers, 2006
208 pages, English
Cloth, 5.5 x 8.25 inches
ISBN: 0061170631
Eisenbraun [10] Price: $19.95

William Klassen, Judas: Betrayer or Friend of Jesus? Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996

Sara C. Winter, "The Arrest of Jesus" in Forum New Series 1,1 (Spring 1998)145-62

See also:

Review of the National Geographic documentary by Benny Ziffer in Haaretz (14 April 2006)[11]

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

A New Discovery: The Gospel of Judas

The Gospel will be the focus of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Section at the 2006 meeting of the SBL in Washington, DC. A panel of top scholars discuss their work on a newly-discovered and translated ancient gospel identified in its colophon as the Gospel of Judas.

  • Nicola Denzey, Dartmouth College, Presiding
  • Elaine Pagels, Princeton University
  • Marvin Meyer, Chapman University
  • Craig Evans, Acadia Divinity College
  • John Turner, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins

The meeting scheduled for Spring 2007 will include a segment on GJudas. More details will be provided here as they become known, but you may wish to keep an eye on the Westar Institute web site [12] for details.

Important Web Sites

  • The Lost Gospel[13]
This is the official National Geographic web site for the project to authenticate, conserve and translate the Gospel of Judas manuscript.
  • Peter Kirby's EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITINGS site[14]
This has not yet been updated to reflect the new publication, nor the forthcoming refutation by James Robinson, but I expect this will be a key page for us to watch as this story develops.
  • NT GATEWAY site[15]
Mark Goodacre's site will be another important one to watch.
  • Roger Pearce's Coptic Ps.Gospel of Judas page [16]
This page provides good links to various sites, as well as a full English translation and a history of the quest for this lost gospel.
  • SBL: Society of Biblical Literature - Gospel of Judas News [17]
  • Geza Vermes review article in The Times [18]
  • Wikipedia article, "Gospel of Judas" [19]

Jesus Database

The following items in the Jesus Database are also relevant to the GJudas: