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Judas, Gospel of
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The Gospel of Judas is a late 2nd-century CE Greek text extant only in one Coptic translation. It belongs to a 4th-century CE papyrus codex found around 1978 near Al Minya, Middle Egypt, and sold to an Egyptian antiquity dealer named Hanna who attempted to sell it abroad. Nothing more is known about the circumstances of the manuscript’s discovery. Around 1982, the codex first surfaced in Europe, then in the United States. It was offered to different ins…

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Schenke Robinson, Gesine, “Judas, Gospel of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 16 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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