The Gospel of Judas

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  • PG
  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 6.8  (260)

The Gospel of Judas is not the original story most people have read. It is an account of secret papers that were discovered telling a different story than what most Christians have believed. Christians and scholars worldwide have always believed the story from the New Testament, where Judas, who was one of Jesus prophets, became a traitor leading Jesus straight to the cross. This documentary tells a different tale. In 1978, a farmer looking for supposed treasure found a stone box with a leather bound book in it. He sold the book not realizing just what it was, thinking any old book would give him a great profit. Years later the decaying documents wind up in the hands of book restorers who spend a few years trying to do just that, restore the crumbling documents. Then a team of expert scholars try to translate the Gospel of Judas to decide if the documents are real or fake by using scientific carbon dating. The interesting turn of events leading to the book finally being deciphered takes many years and runs its course through many different people. The Gospel of Judas was translated by Rodolphe Kasser, Marvin Meyer, Gregor Wurst and Francois Gaudard into a book by National Geographic Society in 2006. The documentary is a 90 minute film by National Geographic. The documentary tries to decipher if Jesus was really betrayed by Judas or if the Savior took him under his wing and told him much more than what anyone truly knew at the time. The story that most people know is how Judas betrayed Jesus to the Roman soldiers for money. The Gospel of Judas tells a different story altogether and many speculate if these ancient discoveries are true or are of no value. The new documents claim that Judas was indeed a hero and not a traitor.

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The Gospel of Judas
1. The Gospel of Judas
March 29, 2013
The discovery of ancient writings offers a different view of the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver. With exclusive access to the documents known as the Gospel of Judas, National Geographic explores the possibility that one of the Bible's most notorious villains, Judas Iscariot, was instead a heroic figure.
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The Gospel of Judas is not the original story most people have read. It is an account of secret papers that were discovered telling a different story than what most Christians have believed. Christians and scholars worldwide have always believed the story from the New Testament, where Judas, who was one of Jesus prophets, became a traitor leading Jesus straight to the cross. This documentary tells a different tale.

In 1978, a farmer looking for supposed treasure found a stone box with a leather bound book in it. He sold the book not realizing just what it was, thinking any old book would give him a great profit. Years later the decaying documents wind up in the hands of book restorers who spend a few years trying to do just that, restore the crumbling documents. Then a team of expert scholars try to translate the Gospel of Judas to decide if the documents are real or fake by using scientific carbon dating. The interesting turn of events leading to the book finally being deciphered takes many years and runs its course through many different people.

The Gospel of Judas was translated by Rodolphe Kasser, Marvin Meyer, Gregor Wurst and Francois Gaudard into a book by National Geographic Society in 2006. The documentary is a 90 minute film by National Geographic.

The documentary tries to decipher if Jesus was really betrayed by Judas or if the Savior took him under his wing and told him much more than what anyone truly knew at the time. The story that most people know is how Judas betrayed Jesus to the Roman soldiers for money. The Gospel of Judas tells a different story altogether and many speculate if these ancient discoveries are true or are of no value. The new documents claim that Judas was indeed a hero and not a traitor.

  • Premiere Date
    March 29, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (260)