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Marvin Meyer

Marvin Meyer is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and director of the Chapman University Albert Schweitzer Institute. Recently he has served as chair of the Chapman University Faculty and president of the Faculty Senate. He is director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity at Claremont Graduate University, Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, and a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature (Pacific Coast). One of the foremost scholars on Gnosticism, the Nag Hammadi library, and texts about Jesus outside the New Testament, Meyer is the author of numerous books and articles on Greco-Roman and Christian religions in antiquity and late antiquity. Among his most recent books are The Gnostic Discoveries (HarperCollins, 2005), The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (HarperCollins, 2005), The Unknown Sayings of Jesus (Shambhala, 2005), The Gospels of Mary (HarperCollins, 2004) and Secret Gospels: Essays on Thomas and the Secret Gospel of Mark (T & T Clark International, 2003). Meyer's books and articles have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Japanese. He teaches courses on religion and values, the New Testament and early Christianity, Greco-Roman and Egyptian religion and culture, the life and thought of Albert Schweitzer, and peace studies. The recipient of many awards and grants, Meyer completed his M.Div. degree at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his Ph.D. degree at Claremont Graduate University.

"The publication of the Gospel of Judas within Codex Tchacos represents a significant moment for the study of religion and culture. It is a rare occurrence that a previously unknown gospel manuscript is discovered, particularly one that was mentioned in early Christian sources, and that is precisely what is the case with the Gospel of Judas. The Gospel of Judas can be dated, with some certainty, to around the middle of the second century, or perhaps even a bit before, and the materials included within it are even older. The gospel is thus an early source for our knowledge of an important mystical movement within early Christianity and Judaism, namely the Sethian gnostic school of religious thought. Further, the text provides the opportunity to evaluate, and perhaps reevaluate, the historical role of a figure—Judas Iscariot—who has been much maligned within Christianity and has been a prominent figure in the development of anti-Semitism. All in all, the Gospel of Judas sheds important light on the character of developing Christianity, and reminds us again of the rich diversity of the early church."

—Marvin Meyer

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