"The Truth about Judas Iscariot" is a book that is at once a
work of philosophy, cosmology, literature, poetry, mythology, anthropology,
psychology, and history, not to mention, of course, a commentary on religion. Of
the several recently-published books that draw on new information about the
Judas character, this is the most holistic and most thought-provoking.
It is not just about what we have learned from newly discovered ancient
documents, but it is about the many ideas and nuances of thought that form a
two-thousand year commentary on Judas and Jesus, and on all the related issues
of betrayal, conspiracy, human motivation, divine intervention, condemnation and
redemption. Ultimately, it is about the history and meaning of good and evil in
--Dan Burstein, author of the New York Times Bestseller,
Secrets of the Code.
It is very rare indeed that we are witness to a real Revolution- "a change of
a thing completely and fundamentally".
What was once seen as an
archeological curiosity that sat undisturbed and unread for 17 years in a bank
vault in New Jersey has turned out to be a major religious treasure - far more
than its weight in gold.
Not only did this treasure sit in a modern bank vault, it also sat unread for
nearly two thousand years.
We are, of course talking about "The Gospel of
This is an authentic text of the Second Century that has recently come to
light and has revolutionized our understanding of the Mission of Jesus and the
place of Judas Iscariot in that Mission.
For 2,000 years the name of Judas was associated with the idea of "Judas the
Traitor". Not only was He as a specific person seen as a traitor but all
of the Jews were also seen as traitors who Betrayed Jesus to the Romans.
For millennia Jews have been branded, hounded and slaughtered because of this
association all throughout Christian countries.
It must be true because that is what the Gospel says.
That is what
only one of the Gospel narratives telling of the tale.
There was another "Gospel" that tells a very different story of what happened
that day in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. This Gospel was lost or hidden away on
Through Divine Providence it has recently come to light.
This is the Gospel story that Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man explores in his
revolutionary book "The Truth about Judas: Mysteries of the Judas Code Revealed"
(Waterside Publishing, 2007).
Dr. Hayut-Man shows how we can see that by reading this new Gospel a very
different view of Judas emerges. One who was the disciple who most understood
the true mission of Jesus. We read how this same person who was seen as a
"traitor" now becomes "The greatest Disciple of Jesus".
With Dr. Hauyt-Man as our guide we are brought to see a Judas who was given a
special teaching that was not given to the other disciples and not known to the
writers of the other Gospels of the traditional New Testament Cannon; either not
known or well known and not accepted and hence "hidden away".
Judas had access to a "luminous cloud of Knowing" from Jesus that set him
apart from all of the other disciples.
This was a unique form of
"Knowing". It was a synergy of the Gnostic knowing of the period and the knowing
of the Jewish Quabbalah of the very same period in Jerusalem.
Dr. Hayut-Man has written this remarkable book just in order to provide us
with the needed keys to unlock and understand this treasure trove of ancient
When the Gospel of Judas came to light and was published, there were a number
of first rate scholars who saw how significant it really was and how it
challenged the traditional New Testament Gospel accounts. Those books dealt with
the understanding of the past and the origins of the Church.
Dr. Hayut-Man does that and much more.
He provides a thorough analysis of the Gnosis and Quabbalah of the time, and
takes us through history until our present era.
He shows us how and why an understanding of the Gospel of Judas can function
as a blueprint for dealing with one of the most maddening and intense conflicts
of our century and certainly our generation:
The Israel-Palestinian conflict --
- Politicians are not able to resolve
- Generals are not able to solve it.
- The International Community is
not able to deal with it.
-- A scholar-historian may yet be able to resolve
We generally do not deal with "reality" but rather, with "perceived reality".
When you change your perception -you change your reality. That is precisely what
Dr. Hayut-Man has set out to do and does so well.
Many of us are fascinated by and also terrified of the may be our imminent
Apocalypse. What we have here presented in this book is an Anti-Apocalypse.
Dr. Hayut-Man, an expert working on these problems for over 30 years by now
shows us with impeccable and exhaustive historic and philosophical analysis
entirely new facets to what happened in the PAST, how it is effecting our
PRESENT and how it can affect our FUTURE.
It is no accident that the Gospel of Judas was "discovered "in our
generation. We are the first generation where the events told- overlooking the
Temple Mount - can actually reshape our lives.
We are the generation of the "Armageddon Button."
Only we can decide.
Dr. Hayut-Man offers us an alternative to hatred and an opportunity for
reconciliation and understanding and love.
Before you get to the book, read the introduction of the Reverend Dr.
Richard Kirby, President of the Academy of Jerusalem, who sees this
analysis as a hallmark event in the reconciliation of Christianity and Judaism,
and could put an end to at least some aspects of Anti-Semitism.
He suggests that it would allow Christians to benefit from Jewish mystical
wisdom and allows Jews to see Jesus, not as a renegade but as a Tsadiq (A Holy
Rabbi, Dr. Moshe Dror
World Network of
Judas As the Greatest Disciple of
Judas means one thing throughout literature and throughout the
history of the Christian Church. - "Traitor." Dr. Yitzhaq I. Hayut-Man, working
with the newly-discovered Judas Gospel published in 2006 by National Geographic
Society, demonstrates Judas to be anything but a traitor. In those pages he is,
instead, the disciple whom Jesus chooses for his moment of ecstasy and martyrdom
on the cross. -- "But you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the
man that clothes me," Christ says to Judas in that Gospel. Christian Gnosis as
the Basis for Understanding Judas
How could this traitor possibly be a saint? At the time of Christ and in the
centuries afterward, Christianity faced a competing system known as Gnosis
(which means "direct knowledge.") The Christian Church emphasizes doctrine.
Gnosis emphasizes direct experience of the divine. In the light of Gnostic
teachings, this disciple was capable of supreme acts of obedience and devotion.
He was a direct knower of God and, as such, could be the one to do for Christ
what no others would do.
As Christ says to Judas in the Judas Gospel, "You will become the thirteenth,
and you will be cursed by the other generations (i.e. those of the disciples and
of the orthodox Church) - and you will come to rule over them. In the last days
they will curse your ascent (or transfiguration) to the holy [generation]."
The Qaballah As Source and Validity for Christian Gnosis If Gnosis were
simply something new at the time of Christ, it might seem to be merely a
movement that arose and failed. However, Hayut-Man shows, Gnosis is a later form
of the widely known and respected Jewish Qaballah. The Christian Church may have
repudiated mystical doctrines like those in the Judas Gospel, but the world has
known them in many forms. And one of the best-known of all of those forms is the
Signaling Another Type of Apocalypse
Now may be the time of fulfillment for Christ's words, "you will come to rule
over them." The Judas Gospel might usher in nothing less than an
anti-Apocalypse, a new time of harmony and peace where Jews, Christians, and
Muslims enjoy the direct experience of God through teachings in the Qaballah, in
sacred Muslim writings, and - most clearly and most recently - in the
2000-year-old Gospel of Judas.
About the Author
Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man is an Israeli
cyber-architect, biblical scholar, professor/lecturer and the grandson of one of
the five founders of Tel Aviv, and of lineage of a Hassidic saint that leads
back to King David. He has worked with Buckminster Fuller and wrote the play
"The Gospel of Judith Iscariot". He has published over 20 scientific papers and
was featured in Wired Magazine. He is director of the Academy of Jerusalem.