An important collection of apocryphal and pseudepigraphic texts, with discussions of their significance and a comprehensive annotated bibliography.
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Specifications: 234x156mm (9.21x6.14in), 192pp
Published: May 2006
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.
Foreword by Helmut Koester
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
Professor Ron Cameron is a specialist in form-critical analysis and has taught at Harvard Divinity School.