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Bart D. Ehrman

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principal areas of research interest include New Testament interpretation and history of ancient Christianity (first three centuries), especially orthodoxy and heresy. Ehrman came to UNC in 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. He has published extensively in the fields of the New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited 19 books, numerous articles and dozens of anthologies of early Christian writings. Among his most recent books are Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew (Oxford Press), Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It Into the New Testament (Oxford) and Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (HarperSanFrancisco). Ehrman has served as president of the Southeast Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, chair of the New Testament textual criticism section of the Society, book review editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature, and editor of the monograph series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers. He currently serves as co-editor of the series New Testament Tools and Studies. Ehrman received his bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and completed his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees at Princeton Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude.

"The reappearance of the Gospel of Judas will rank among the greatest finds from Christian antiquity and is without doubt the most important archaeological discovery of the past 60 years. What will make this gospel famous—or infamous, perhaps—is that it portrays Judas quite differently from anything we previously knew. Here he is not the evil, corrupt, devil-inspired follower of Jesus who betrayed his master; he is instead Jesus' closest intimate and friend, the one who understood Jesus better than anyone else, who turned Jesus over to the authorities because Jesus wanted him to do so. This gospel has a completely different understanding of God, the world, Christ, salvation, human existence—not to mention of Judas himself—than came to be embodied in the Christian creeds and canon. It will open up new vistas for understanding Jesus and the religious movement he founded."

—Bart D. Ehrman

Follow this link to National Geographic magazine online to hear what this scholar has to say about the discovery.