One of the most important manuscripts discovered in recent times is the 4th century Codex Tchacos. It contains 4 texts, two of which (“The Letter of Peter to. Codex Tchacos The Codex Tchacos is an ancient Egyptian Coptic papyrus, which contains early Christian gnostic texts from approximately AD: the Letter of. The Codex Tchacos is an ancient Egyptian Coptic papyrus containing early Christian Gnostic texts from approximately A.D.. 33 – Gospel of.

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An ancient Coptic manuscript dating from the third or fourth century, containing the only tcgacos surviving copy of the Gospel of Judas, has been restored and authenticated after being lost for nearly 1, years. In order to be certain of its age and authenticity, the National Geographic Society put the codex through the closest scrutiny possible without doing it harm. This included submitting minute samples of the papyrus to a rigorous radiocarbon-dating process, analyzing the ink, submitting the manuscript to multispectral imaging, and consulting with leading scholars well-versed in the fields of paleography and codicology.

Rodolphe Kasserof Switzerland, one of the world’s preeminent Coptic scholars, was recruited to coeex the text, transcribe it, and translate the manuscript, which contains not only the Gospel of Judasbut also a text called Jamesthe Letter of Peter to Philipand a fragment of a text that scholars are provisionally calling Book of Allogenes.

During the first centuries A. Ccodex divergent beliefs jostled for prominence in Christian thought. In recent decades long-lost chronicles tchaco been found, originally hidden during those turbulent times. Such manuscripts describe a world of ideas that has been lost to us for nearly 1, years.

What is a codex, and why is this document called the Codex Tchacos? A codex is an ancient book consisting codwx folded pages, bound at one side.

Codices were the preferred form for scriptural or classical texts, as they could contain a lot more information than scrolls and were easier to manage. What does the Codex Tchacos contain? The codex contains not only the Gospel of Judas, but also a text titled James otherwise known as the First Apocalypse of Jamesthe Letter of Peter to Philip, and a fragment of a text that scholars are provisionally calling Book of Allogenes. Where was the Codex Tchacos discovered? After two unsuccessful resale attempts, Nussberger-Tchacos – alarmed by tcacos codex’s rapidly deteriorating state – transferred it to the Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Art in Basel, Switzerland, in Februaryfor restoration and translation.

The manuscript will be delivered to Egypt and housed in Cairo’s Coptic Museum. How did the codex containing the Gospel of Judas survive for so many centuries? Because the Gospel of Judas was hidden in the Egyptian desert for more than 1, years, the papyrus remained intact. However, the document severely deteriorated when it was kept in a safe-deposit box on Long Island, New York, for 16 years.

As a result, the conservation process to rescue and preserve the manuscript has been an enormous undertaking, as Rodolphe Kasser and his team worked to piece the document back together by reassembling nearly a thousand broken fragments of papyrus.

What is the history of the codex containing the Gospel of Judas? The National Geographic Society has worked with a team of international experts to analyze a collection of ancient papyrus documents, which include the Gospel of Judasfirst discovered more than 30 years ago in Egypt. The rare religious texts in the codex are written in the ancient Egyptian Coptic language and are about 1, years old.

National Geographic collaborated with the Waitt Institute for Historical Discoverythe Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Codezand scientific experts, historians, and theologians from code the world to authenticate, reconstruct, conserve, and translate these extraordinary documents, and explore their significance.

Was the Gospel of Judas known to scholars? Scholars knew of the existence of the Gospel of Judas because of references tcyacos other ancient texts.

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However, this codex containing the Gospel of Judas was not discovered until the s in Egypt, and it wasn’t until that a team led by Professor Rodolphe Kasser of Switzerland, a world-renowned Coptic scholar, began to translate and conserve the ancient text. Who wrote the Gospel of Judas? The author of the Gospel of Judas remains anonymous. The original Greek text of the gospel, of which this is a Coptic translation, is thought to have been written by a group of early gnostic Christians sometime between when the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were penned and A.


Why were these early texts developed? What was their purpose? Different groups of Christians in the second century appealed to different tchados to authenticate their distinctive beliefs and practices.

Numerous gospels appeared, often written in the names of the Apostles; these pseudonymous writings were revered as scripture by one group or another, although eventually most of them came to be labeled as “heretical” and proscribed by orthodox Christianity in later times. What does the publication of this text mean for Christian teachings? This thcacos a dramatic archaeological discovery of cultural interest, which offers an alternate portrayal from the first or second century of the relationship between Jesus and Judasand enhances our knowledge of history and preservation of theological tcacos from that period.

National Geographic realizes that the information provided by this document is complex and deserves a great deal of further study and assessment, a process that will take time.

How did National Geographic get involved in the project? The document changed hands a number of times following tchhacos discovery. The Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Art in Switzerland approached National Geographic to play a key role in the authentication codeex conservation of the codex.

National Coeex gathered numerous experts to bring the project to completion. After conservation is complete and the codex has been exhibited to the public, the codex will be given to Egypt, where it will be housed in Cairo’s Dodex Museum. Why has National Geographic decided to get involved in a project of this type? The codex that contains the Gospel of Judas is the most significant discovery of ancient, non-biblical Christian or Jewish texts of the last 60 years.

Because of National Geographic’s commitment to discovery and conservation of artifacts that support the study of ancient culture and enhance historical knowledge, the Society felt compelled to take part in the rescue of this ancient document. Why did it tchacoz so long to publish? Because the manuscript had deteriorated so badly during the past 30 years, restoring, conserving, and translating its text has been an enormous tchaacos. Compared with the length of time it took to conserve, translate and publish the Nag Hammadi manuscripts about 25 years and the Dead Sea Scrolls about 50 coddexthe publication process of the Gospel of Judaswhich has taken just five years, has been quite an expedited one.

What was the translation process and who was involved? The Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Art recruited Professor Rodolphe Kasser of Switzerland, one tchzcos the world’s leading Coptic scholars, to lead an international team of scholars, translators, scientists, archaeologists, and historians to translate the document.

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How was the artifact, known as the Gospel of Judas, restored? This was a daunting process, because the document’s condition had deteriorated significantly over the last two decades.

With the help of computer programs that record text, register gaps and try to match gaps to text, and with careful, visual inspection of suggested matches to confirm papyrus fiber continuity, Darbre, Wurst, and Kasser have been able to reassemble more than 80 percent of the text in five painstaking years.

How was authenticate the document? The codex has been authenticated as a genuine work of ancient Christian apocryphal literature on five fronts: The National Geographic Society has been part of an international effort, in collaboration with the Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Art and the Waitt Institute for Historical Discovery, to authenticate, conserve, and translate a page codex, which contains a text called James also known as First Apocalypse of Jamesthe Letter of Peter to Philip, a fragment of a text that scholars are provisionally calling Book of Allogenes, and the only known surviving copy of the Gospel of Judas.


The Gospel of Judas gives a different view of the relationship between Jesus and Judas, offering new insights into the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Unlike the accounts in the canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in which Judas is portrayed as a reviled traitor, this newly discovered Gospel portrays Judas codx acting at Jesus’ request when he hands Tchaacos over to the authorities.

The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke tchaxos conversation with Judas Iscariot during a week three days before he celebrated Passover. When Jesus appeared on earth, he performed miracles and great wonders for the salvation of humanity. And since some [walked] in the way of righteousness while others walked in their transgressions, the twelve disciples were called.

He began to speak with them about the mysteries beyond the world and what would take place at the end. Often he did not appear to his disciples as himself, but he was found among them as a child. Jesus dialogues with his disciples: The prayer of thanksgiving or the eucharist. One day tchacoos was with his disciples in Judea, and he found them gathered together and seated in pious observance.

When he [approached] his disciples, [34] gathered together and seated tchaccos offering a prayer of thanksgiving over the bread, [he] laughed.

The disciples said to [him]. We have done what is right. He answered and said to them. Truly [I] say to you, no generation of the people that are among you will know me. When his disciples heard this, they started getting angry and infuriated and began blaspheming against him in their hearts. When Jesus observed their lack of [understanding, he said] to them. Your god who is within you and […] codwx have provoked you to anger [within] your souls.

But their spirits did not dare to stand before [him], except for Judas Iscariot. He was able to stand before him, but he could not look him in the eyes, and he turned his face away. Judas [said] to him. You are from the immortal realm of Barbelo.

And I am not worthy to utter the name of the one who has sent you.

Knowing that Judas was reflecting upon something that was exalted, Jesus said to him. It is possible for you to reach it, but you will grieve a great deal. But when he said this, Jesus left him. Jesus appears to the disciples again. The next morning, after this happened, Jesus [appeared] to his disciples again. They said to him. When Jesus heard this, he laughed and said to them. The generation of people among [you] is from the generation of humanity […] power, which [… the] other powers […] by [which] you rule.

When [his] disciples heard this, they each were tchacox in spirit. They could not say a word. Another day Jesus came up to [them]. They said to [him]. And the men who stand tcuacos the altar invoke your [name], [39] and in all the deeds of their deficiency, the sacrifices are brought to completion […]. After they said this, they were quiet, for they were troubled.

Jesus said to them. Truly I say to you, all the priests who stand before that altar invoke my name. Again I say to you, my name has been written on this […] of the generations of the stars through the human generations. That is the god you serve, and you are those twelve men you have codxe. The cattle you have seen brought for sacrifice are the many people you lead astray [40] before that altar.

Jesus said [to them].