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Stephen Emmel

Stephen Emmel is professor of Coptology at the Institute of Egyptology and Coptology at the University of Münster in Germany. Before moving to Germany in 1996, he was a lector in Near Eastern languages and civilizations (Coptic) at Yale University. Prior to that, he was a visiting professor in religious studies at Brown University. Secretary and past president of the International Association for Coptic Studies and a member of the American Research Center in Egypt and the American Society of Papyrologists, Emmel is the author of many scholarly articles, including "The Gospel of the Savior: Righting the Order of the Pages and Events," Harvard Theological Review 95, 2002, and several books, including an edition of "The Dialog of the Savior from the Nag 'Hammadi codices. He is co-editor of the monograph series Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies (E.J. Brill) and Sprachen und Kulturen des Christlichen Orients (Reichert) and is the founder and former editor of the Journal of Coptic Studies. Emmel has received fellowships from the American Research Center in Egypt (1975-76 and 2005-06), Yale University (1978-79), the Bibliographical Society of America (1990-91), the American Philosophical Society (1994-95), the Aziz S. Atiya Fund for Coptic Studies (2001-02), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (2004-05) and others. He serves of the boards of several philanthropic foundations and scientific commissions. Emmel received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and his master's degree and Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale University.

"The recovery of an ancient manuscript book containing otherwise unknown works of early Christian literature provides scholars with an extraordinary opportunity to gain deeper insight into the thoughts and perceptions of our ancestors. The knowledge that we will gain will eventually have, I hope, some positive influence on the future of humankind: only by understanding our past can we hope to shape our future in the best possible ways. The Coptic papyrus codex containing "The Gospel of Judas" (and several works of ancient Christian literature) was discovered fortuitously and then almost lost again. We can all be grateful to the National Geographic Society for its effort to rescue this unique artifact for the good of science and for posterity."

—Stephen Emmel