The Gospel of Judas

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Manuscript Information & Images

Codex Tchacos, which contains the only surviving copy of the Gospel of Judas, was recovered in successive stages. Images of sizable fragments of Codex Tchacos were published by a team of scholars assembled by National Geographic in 2006. Then additional fragments were discovered and photographs made by Mrs. Frieda Tchacos-Nussberger. Gregor Wurst, a German scholar, has used both sets of images to create a provisional digital reconstruction of all the surviving parts of the codex now available.

 

Translations and Editions

  • The Gospel of Judas (English translation)
    Rodolphe Kasser, Marvin Meyer, and Gregor Wurst
    translation only of the fragments recovered by 2006
  • The (New) Judas Fragments Translated, In Context (English translation)
    Marvin Meyer and Gregor Wurst
    provisional translation including fragments recovered after 2006
  • The Gospel of Judas (Coptic text)
    Rodolphe Kasser and Gregor Wurst
    includes only the text of fragments recovered by 2006

 

Links to Other Resources

 

 

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In Print

Accounts of Manuscript Discoveries

  • Krosney, H. The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot. 2006.
  • A thoroughly researched and riveting account of how the only known copy of the long-lost Gospel of Judas was discovered in Egypt in the late 1970s, shuffled back and forth across three continents by different antiquities dealers for decades, and then finally published by a team of scholars assembled by National Geographic in 2006.
  • Krosney, H., M. Meyer, and G. Wurst. "Preliminary Report on New Fragments of Codex Tchacos." Early Christianity 1 (2010): 282-94.
  • An account of how Ohio-based antiquities dealer Bruce Ferrini withheld fragments of the manuscript containing the Gospel of Judas from those working to restore the text in the early 2000s and how his personal bankruptcy in 2006 ultimately led to the recovery of these fragments, which contain "essentially the balance of the Gospel of Judas."

 

Ancient Language Editions

  • Kasser, R., M. W. Meyer, and G. Wurst. The Gospel of Judas: Together with the Letter of Peter to Philip, James, and a Book of Allogenes from Codex Tchacos. 2007.
  • Provides the first modern edition of the Coptic text of Codex Tchacos, the manuscript containing the Gospel of Judas.
  • Brankaer, J., and H.-G. Bethge. Codex Tchacos: Texte und Analysen. 2007.
  • Provides an edition of the Coptic text of Codex Tchacos as it was available in 2007.
  • Krosney, H., M. Meyer, and G. Wurst. "Preliminary Report on New Fragments of Codex Tchacos." Early Christianity 1 (2010): 282-94.
  • Provides the only currently published edition of the manuscript fragments of Codex Tchacos discovered in the aftermath of the personal bankruptcy of antiquities dealer Bruce Ferrini in 2006; estimating that the newly recovered fragments "will allow us to read 90-95% of the text of the gospel," Wurst and Meyer present what they emphasize is a "preliminary transcription and translation" of the fragments and note that they “are in the process of discussing, with colleagues, the best way to deal with the formal translation of the fragments and the presentation and publication of the fragments within the text of Codex Tchacos."

     

    Commentaries

    • DeConick, A. D. Codex Judas Papers: Proceedings of the International Congress on the Tchacos Codex Held at Rice University, Houston, Texas, March 13-16, 2008. 2009.
    • DeConick, A. D. The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says. 2007 [1st ed.]; 2009 [2nd ed.].
    • Ehrman, B. D. The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed. 2006.
    • Gathercole, S. J. The Gospel of Judas: Rewriting Early Christianity. 2007.
    • Kasser, R., M. Meyer, and W. Gregor. The Gospel of Judas. 2006 [1st ed.]; 2008 [2nd ed.].
    • Meyer, M. W. Judas: The Definitive Collection of Gospels and Legends About the Infamous Apostle of Jesus. 2007.
    • Meyer, M. W. Judas: The Definitive Collection of Gospels and Legends About the Infamous Apostle of Jesus. 1st ed. 2007.
    • Pagels, E. H., and K. L. King. Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity. 2007.
    • Porter, S. E., and G. L. Heath. The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from Fiction. 2007.
    • Robinson, J. M. The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and His Lost Gospel. 2007.
    • Scopello, M. The Gospel of Judas in Context: Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Gospel of Judas, Paris, Sorbonne, October 27th-28th, 2006. 2008.
    • Wright, N. T. Judas and the Gospel of Jesus: Have We Missed the Truth About Christianity? 2006.