He’s one of the most hated men in history – the apostle who betrayed Jesus Christ. For centuries, his name has meant treachery and deceit – Judas Iscariot. Now, hidden for nearly 1700 years, an ancient Gospel emerges from the sands of Egypt. It tells a different story – one that turns the tale of Jesus Christ’s betrayal on its head. National Geographic Television explores the history, message, and global impact of perhaps the most important discovery in Biblical archaeology in sixty years, in the exclusive two-hour television event, The Lost Gospel of Judas. According to the best available sources, the Gospel’s modern story began in Middle Egypt in 1978 when a farmer found a codex containing it in a cave.
Unable to read its ancient script, he had no idea it contained a controversial Christian Gospel, one that was branded ‘heresy’ in antiquity, then lost for nearly 1700 years. The farmer sold the codex through a middleman to an antiquities dealer in Cairo. There, in the Egyptian capital, it was promptly stolen! And so began the manuscript’s decades-long journey of mischief, mayhem, and international intrigue. Rumours of its existence circulated until 2000, when it was purchased by antiquities dealer Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos. Tchacos transferred the codex to the Zurich-based Maecenas Foundation. With support from the National Geographic Society and the Waite Institute For Historical Discovery, they brought in a crack team of experts to preserve and translate the document.
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