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The National Geographic Society assembled a nine-person Codex Advisory Panel to review and comment on the codex and advise the Society as to its importance and value to scholarship. The members, leading international scholars and religious authorities, provided their assessments of the codex, including the social and cultural context in which it is written and of the works it contains, its importance to modern scholarship, its potential impact on modern Christianity and its value to contemporary Jewish-Christian relations. The panelists are experts in Coptic studies, gnostic studies, early Christian church history and religious studies. They also include theologians representing a variety of religions and views, from orthodox to progressive.

Bart Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is known for his many publications on aspects of early Christianity.

Stephen Emmel is professor of Coptic studies, University of Münster, Germany. In 1983, he was the first known scholar to view the Gospel of Judas, when he was sent by Southern Methodist University to Geneva, Switzerland, to examine the codex for authenticity and possible purchase.

Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He is the author or editor of more than 50 books on the New Testament and its Jewish backgrounds.

François Gaudard, Egyptologist and research associate for the Demotic Dictionary and the Epigraphic Survey at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, is a scholar specializing in the various stages of evolution of the ancient Egyptian language, in particular Coptic and Demotic. He assisted Coptic expert Rodolphe Kasser in the translation of the codex.

Amy-Jill Levine is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion and Director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality. She is widely published on Christian origins and Formative Judaism.

Marvin Meyer is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies and director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Chapman University, Orange, California. He is one of the foremost scholars on Gnosticism, the Nag 'Hammadi library, and texts about Jesus outside the New Testament. He is one of the translators of the codex.

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Author of numerous articles and books, she is one of the world's most widely known authorities on the Gnostic gospels.

Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., is president of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also professor of New Testament studies. He is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and was appointed in 2003 by Pope John Paul ll to the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Gregor Wurst is a professor of ecclesiastical history and patristics at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of University of Augsburg, Germany. He is widely published in the field of Coptic and Manichaean Studies. Collaborating with Rodolphe Kasser, he is one of the two editors of the original Coptic of the Gospel of Judas and one of the translators of the text.

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