The Lost Gospel
  • Main
  • About the Project
  • Document
  • Time Line & Map
  • Conservation
  • Authentication
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
  • Overview
  • Radiocarbon Dating
  • Contextual Evidence
  • Paleography
  • Ink Analysis
  • Multispectral Analysis

Authentication
To verify the authenticity of the Gospel of Judas documents,
the National Geographic Society scrutinized them
as closely as was possible without harming them further.

Radiocarbon Dating

RADIOCARBON DATING

The University of Arizona's radiocarbon dating lab—the same lab that dated the Dead Sea Scrolls—subjected the Gospel of Judas papyruses to a thorough test.

Contextual Evidence

CONTEXTUAL EVIDENCE

Leading scholars compared the Gospel's theological concepts and linguistic style with those of authentic Egyptian documents from the same era.

Paleography

PALEOGRAPHY

Handwriting experts examined the text's distinctive script and compared it to those found in other ancient works—such as the Nag 'Hammadi codices.

Ink Analysis

INK ANALYSIS

Tests of the ancient ink revealed its components, which emerged as valuable clues to the time and place of the document's origin.

Multispectral Analysis

MULTISPECTRAL ANALYSIS

Multispectral imaging tests were commissioned to photograph both papyruses and ink in several different wavelengths.