With the astounding discovery of an ancient "Gospel of Judas," a pioneer in the study of early Christianity unravels the mystery of the enigmatic disciple and asks whether we should reconsider his place in history, culture, and faith.
In April 2006, the National Geographic Society will formally announce the discovery of a previously lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot. In anticipation of this major event in our understanding of Christianity, HarperSanFrancisco is publishing The Secrets of Judas
, the story of Judas's life and his role in Jesus's crucifixion. James Robinson, the renowned scholar of ancient biblical and Gnostic texts, asks the provocative question: Should the Church reevaluate Judas's intentions and innocence? This book will reveal what we can and cannot know about the historical Judas, the sensational story of the discovery of a gospel attributed to Judas, and Judas's newfound meaning for history and Christian faith.The Secrets of Judas
- The story of the secretive sale by a Middle Eastern antiquities dealer and the purchase by a Swiss Foundation of a third century Coptic document claiming to be a gospel written by Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus.
- Could Judas have felt he was playing a positive role in the plan of salvation? Judas may have thought he was fulfilling the divine plan for the birth of Christianity.