The Other Gospels: Non-Canonical Gospel Texts

By Ron Cameron (editor)

An important collection of apocryphal and pseudepigraphic texts, with discussions of their significance and a comprehensive annotated bibliography.

ISBN: 9780718891749


This important collection of apocryphal and pseudipigraphic texts from the first and second centuries demonstrates how it is not only from the Bible that information upon Christianity’s origins can be found.

Sixteen texts from the remains of the non-canonical gospels, some of which originate from the Nag Hammadi library and which only recently were made available, communicate stories about Jesus. Among them are: The Dialogue of the Saviour, Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 840, The Gospel of the Hebrews and The Acts of Pilate. The collection demonstrates how the memory of Jesus was kept alive in early Christianity through the communication of such stories and sayings.

With a central focus on the literary aspects of the text, Professor Cameron provides introductions for each gospel, in which he reveals their literary forms, sources, the original language of the text, the languages in which the text was preserved, the date and place of composition, dicovery and publication. The gospels are subsequently included; one text is even published for the first time, namely the translation of the Apocryphon of James.

As new critical analysis develops to provide the opportunity to examine the history of the literature, in which Jesus traditions were passed on, so the non-canonical texts are becoming more significant. This selection of ‘other’ gospels allows non-canonical texts to be used as primary sources to further clarify gospel traditions.

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Dimensions234 × 156 mm


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About the Author

Professor Ron Cameron is a specialist in form-critical analysis and has taught at Harvard Divinity School.


Foreword by Helmut Koester
Textual Signs

Traditions of Sayings of Jesus
  The Gospel of Thomas
  The Dialogue of the Saviour
  The Gospel of the Egyptians
  Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 840
  The Apocryphon of James

Traditions of Stories About Jesus
  The Secret Gospel of Mark
  Papyrus Egerton 2
  The Gospel of Peter
  The Gospel of the Hebrews
  “John’s Preaching of the Gospel,” The Acts of John 87-105
  The Gospel of the Nazoreans
  The Gospel of the Ebionites
  The Protevangelium of James
  The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
  The Epistula Apostolorum
  The Acts of Pilate

Select Annotated Bibliographies