Christians and many non-Christians have long accepted Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—the four Gospels of the New Testament—as the only reliable accounts of the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. Recent media stories and certain best-selling books have alerted the public to alternative writings about Jesus, leading many people—including many believers—to wonder why we should consider only the four New Testament Gospels as "gospel truth."
The alternative writings about Jesus bear the names of such prominent early Christians as Peter, Thomas, Mary Magdalene, Judas, James, and Andrew. Some of these writings purport to contain "secret" teachings of Jesus, to recount his childhood, or to fill in other gaps in this story. Some contradict the New Testament. What should informed believers and nonbelievers make of them? Were they written by disciples of Jesus as they claim? How do they compare with the New Testament Gospels? Are these works "lost gospels" or "false gospels"?
In this thought-provoking DVD, top scholars of early Christian writings answer these and other crucial questions. They discuss the relationship between these works and the New Testament. The experts also explore Gnostic writings such as the "Gospel of Thomas" and the "Gospel of Judas," and they reveal startling facts about the groups who composed them. Anyone who is interested in the truth about Jesus and the early Church must see this movie: Lost Gospels or False Gospels?