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In June 1985, an excavation project was undertaken by The British Antiquities Volunteers (BAV) at a plot of rocky land where the Kidron and Hinnom Valleys meet near the eastern side of Old Jerusalem. That year many hundreds of (mostly redundant) ‘small finds’ were recovered in the Judean desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.' In The Diary of Judas Iscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings of Judas, a disgruntled disciple, as he accompanies Jesus of Nazareth during His ministry, and uses this fable and allegory to explore some of the ways a person might resist becoming a Christian.



  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (October 11, 2017)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 50 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1945757663
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1945757662
  • Item Weight: ‎ 2.08 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎ 5 x 0.12 x 8 inches



Owen Batstone has been pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Ogmore Vale, South Wales, since 2012. He holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and studied Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, and Church History with the Evangelical Movement of Wales. He currently lives in Ogmore Vale with his wife and two sons.

THE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm's Length

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