Last October, I traveled to Geneva to the Bodmer Library where the Gospel of Judas is housed. My purpose? To take part in the filming of a new documentary about the recovery, conservation and interpretation of the Gospel of Judas.
It was an absolute thrill to see the Gospel of Judas firsthand, rather than on my computer in photographs. The manuscript, although grossly damaged, was quite beautiful in its script and legibility. I was surprised given all the rumors I had heard about its physical state.
The filming was exhausting but very productive. I was asked to take the audience through the Coptic text and explain what I think is going on with its translation and interpretation. Aside from my contribution, there is also comment from Elaine Pagels, Nicola Denzey-Lewis, and Stephen Emmel. The series consultants are Mark Goodacre, Joshua Garroway, and Candida Moss.
The film is finished. It will air on March 15th on CNN at 9 pm. It is the third film in a 6-part series on ancient relics associated with Jesus. “Finding Jesus. Faith. Fact. Forgery.” The series blends science and archaeology to examine six Christian relics. To retell “the greatest story ever told” using state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research, the series covers the Shroud of Turin, True Cross relics, the Gospel of Judas, John the Baptist relics, the ossuary of James Jesus’ brother, and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. The first in the series premiers on March 1. A companion book to the film, Finding Jesus. Faith. Fact. Forgery, written by David Gibson and Michael McKinley, will be released on February 24.