The story begins with the exciting story of the discovery of the Gospel in Egypt in 1978, and its subsequent movements from one antiquities dealer to another. We discover how this precious document eventually finds a home in a New York safety deposit box, where is languishes for years with a $3 million price tag, before it is finally published to huge public attention and fanfare. More than just the story of The Gospel of Judas since it had been found, Churton also discusses how it relates to the historical place of the Judas: how he has been maligned and misrepresented across the centuries. This fascinating book sheds new light on the real nature of Jesus, and presents a daring speculation on the endeavours he planned with his disciples in Jerusalem, Judea and Galilee. "The Kiss of Death" is an explosive book that explains the text of The Gospel of Judas, its context in modern Christianity, as well as the importance of its discovery and subsequent publication.
Tobias Churton is a writer, composer and filmmaker. He has a Master's degree in theology from Oxford, and is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter University, where he lectures on Western Esotericism. He has proved himself to be a bridge-builder between scholarship and the general reader, with the television series and bestselling book Gnostics and many successful titles on the history of Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry and alchemy. He is a keen and objective commentator on the contemporary and historical Gnostic phenomenon.