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The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot

A New Look at the Betrayer and Betrayed
Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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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.

©2006 Bart D. Ehrman (P)2006 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"In typically brilliant fashion...Ehrman's fast-paced study introduces us engagingly to the Gospel of Judas." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Henry Scalfo
  • 18-01-2007

Great

An Excellent and fascinating story revealing that some early Christians had a completely different perspective of Judas. Highly recommended for anyone interested in early Christian history.
Dennis Boutsikaris does an outstanding job at narrating; his style is warm and conversational.

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  • Hjane
  • 16-03-2007

love this author's style

Another interesting book by this author. Not as engaging as Peter Paul and Mary Magdelene but nonetheless enlightening.Try reading "Misquoting Jesus" first, then "P.P. and M.M." and then follow it with "Judas".

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  • Nathan
  • 14-09-2008

Recommended

Exceeded expectations!

The main message was not on "The Gospel of Judas". The main focus was on the questions: "Who was Jesus" and "What was Judas's relationship with Jesus"

This book did not bore me with tedious details of the text of "The Gospel of Judas", but gave a good review of this text in light of the historical Jesus.

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  • Carolyn
  • 23-11-2011

A fresh way of looking at an ignored subject

First Bart Ehrman assumes his readers/listeners have a brain and questions. This is not a dumbed down, you will never be able to understand this if I don't dumb it down text. In many ways it is like you the reader were having a conversation in person with the author. It is not filled with esoteric and jargonistic techno-babble. When a specialized term must be used it is defined.
There is also a nice blend of how the lost gospel came to light and what it went thru as well as what the content tells us about the time it was written.
If you are looking for the full text of the lost gospel you won't find it here.
To repeat, if you have a brain and questions about this topic this is the book for you. I've read and listened to many of his books and they are well worth the time and money.

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  • Emeritus
  • 15-04-2007

interesting then becomes arcane

For those of us who don't spend time reading Gnostic gospels, it is a good and interesting introduction to the history and themes and at first is very interesting but then drifts into some repetion, more and more minute internal disagreements in the field, and finally just poops out as both a book and an area of interest for the uninformed. Worth it, but just.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 14-05-2013

The Laughing Jesus

I strongly agree with David from Wisconsin. I believe that Bart does a better job with this subject then probably anyone else could. Several chapters are devoted to how this document was found and what happened to it after. Bart explains why this document is important and in layman's terms. He explains a lot about Gnostic teachings. At first this is fairly interesting, but later he goes into so much detail that I lost interest.

I did like the explanation about how people often combine the three Gospels, which in effect creates another gospel all together. All the gospels where written in a certain way to a certain group of people and to highlight a certain theology. When you combine them, it distorts the effect. I have narrated a lot of Easter programs for my church and have seen how that happens.

Gnostics seem to believe that the Old Testament God (Creator God) is not the same as the New Testament (Loving) God. This is an interesting concept, but from there it gets pretty weird. They seem to become the Anti-Church. They believe almost the opposite of what Christians believe.

Toward the end, Bart starts repeating himself and gets into thick details I lost interest in.

The narrator is so good, that I thought it was the author. Narrator is very comfortable to listen to.

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  • Presley Sanderson
  • 08-04-2017

Fascinating

The subject matter and content were very interesting, and the book was well narrated. I enjoyed listening and being intrigued by new ideas presented by the Gospel of Judas.

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  • Gerard
  • 20-04-2016

2nd best Erhman book I've read

Not because of the content around the Gospel of Judas. I generally find gnostic mumbo jumbo boring and that chapter was just that. No fault to Erhman. But the ancient and modern history he brings out was fascinating. The last two chapters were the best. Books that shift the way you look at the world or blow your mind are the best. Best ive ever read from him was lost Christianities

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  • Sylvia
  • 09-12-2012

Comparative Study of Judas Iscariot

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only those interested in a research of the subject

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I was expecting more of the content of the manuscript. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting more of a story book, like the one Taylor Caldwell did with the subject, in her book, "I Judas". However, it was an interesting study and kept me interested to the end. Biblical scholars will enjoy this comparative study.

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  • Christopher
  • 14-05-2008

Another perspective of Judas

Professor Ehrman has done it again! He has opened another window into the inky shadows of early Christianity, this time with discovery and translation of one of the gospels not sanctioned by church authorities.

Mr. Boutsikaris delivers an outstanding performance.

Highly recommended, an an excellent complement to _Misquoting Jesus_ and _Peter, Paul, & Mary Magdalene_.

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  • Lesley
  • 08-04-2009

Better than previous outings by Erhman

This listen is very imformative and tells the story of how the gospel was found and finally realised. The story of the parchment is more interesting than what it actually says about Judas and Jesus. Obviously there would be no Christianity without Judas and he was probably Jesus' fave disciple. An enjoyable listen. Recommended.

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