Some of these non-canonical gospels have been reconstructed in Robert M.Price's The Pre-Nicene New Testament: Fifty-four Formative Texts, Bart Ehrman's Lost Scriptures, and Robert J. As with most religious texts, scholars assume some basic level of reliability on topics like "Who were the players? " and "What was the attitude of the community the texts intend to represent?
Most Christians only know of the four canonical gospels: those ascribed to Matthew, to Mark, to Luke, and to John.
This alters the narrative slightly to portray Judas' actions towards the end of Jesus' story not as a betrayal, but as following the instructions of Jesus himself.
Considering that it is canonical Christian belief that it was God's plan to have Jesus brutally murdered, this does make some sick and twisted sense.
According to academic research, each of the four canonical gospels as well as extra biblical gospels (e.g.
Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Peter, and Gospel of Mary) were written for different churches and at slightly different times. However, the Catholic Church found it necessary to leave certain ones out.