Gospel of Judas Bibliography

caf_image_630_420f_wnThis was a very difficult video to produce simply because of how much research is out there. The academic discipline of ancient history moves VERY SLOWLY. So when new data appears on the scene, scholars immediately jump on it.


I’ll make it easy for all of you and provide the monographs and articles I relied on to research this video. For those that are curious, I got the sense that more scholars agree with April DeConick that “daimon” should be translated as “demon” in the Gospel of Judas. Notably one of the premier scholars of Gnosticism, David Brakke, translates it as “demon,” while Marvin Meyer, the original translator for National Geographic, stood by his translation “spirit.”


Brakke, David. The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity, (Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2010).

DeConick, April. The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says, (New York: Continuum, 2007).

Ehrman, Bart. The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Jenott, Lance. The Gospel of Judas: Coptic Text, Translation, and Historical Interpretation of the ‘Betrayer’s Gospel,’ (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011).

Pagels, Elaine and Karen King. Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity, (New York: Penguin Group, 2007).

Meyer, Marvin. “The Thirteenth Daimon: Judas and Sophia in the Gospel of Judas,” article on Meyer’s website: http://www.chapman.edu/wilkinson/religious-studies/_files/marv-meyer/13th_daimon_final-11408.pdf

Andrew Henry is a PhD student in early Christianity at Boston University. His research focuses on the popular and domestic religion of the eastern Mediterranean, particularly the magico-religious rituals deployed to harness and direct ritual power.


  1. Andrew,

    Nice to get to a Gospel of Judas site before it is ignored. “Demon” or not is not a big issue. Judas may well be “demonic” spiritually before his transformation. Try this: JUDAS as the sacrifice. How’s that for “new data”? Ha. Read it through now. Especially Lance Jenott’s version of 36:1-3. And don’t forget to note that Judas has a vision of THE STONING OF JAMES. Now does this make gnostic sense, and show the real genesis of the New Testament Gospel story? No? Then read the First and Second Apocalypse of James, and Peter. Peter has Jesus denying PETER, not the reverse, three times, and in this night (paragraph one, Apocalypse of Peter). This is the SAME m.o. Dr. Robert Eisenman observed in the Scrolls with Pauline retribution on the Jamesians. (In Apocalypse of Peter, Jesus is denying Peter an inner vision of the Master in his nighttime devotions). It was all a proto-orthodox Church coverup.

  2. Leucius Charinus says:
    • Andrew Henry says:

      I think April DeConick suggests that…that the author is satirically making Judas seem to be the most intelligent of all the disciples. It is very difficult to pick up on sarcasm, though, in ancient texts. So I’m not sure.

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