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The Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in English Translation

Edited By: J.K. Elliott
Oxford University Press / 2005 / Paperback

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This collection of apocryphal texts supersedes the best-selling edition by M.R. James, which was originally published in 1924, but regularly reprinted.

Several new texts have come to light since 1924 and the textual base for some of the Apocrypha previously translated by James is now more secure, as in several cases there are now recently published critical editions available. Although a modest addition to James' edition was made in 1953, no thorough revision has previously been undertaken.

In The Apocryphal New Testament J.K. Elliot presents new translations of the texts and has provided each of them with a short introduction and bibliography directed to those who wish to pursue further the issues raised in the texts or to consult the critical editions, other translations or general studies. The translations are in modern English, in contrast to James' deliberate imitation of the language of the Authorized Version. The collection is designed to give readers the most important or famous of the Christian Apocrypha and a small sample of Gnostic texts. Full translations of the earliest texts are printed, as well as some derivative Apocrypha.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 774
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 X 2.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0198261810
ISBN-13: 9780198261810
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This collection of apocryphal texts supersedes the best-selling edition by M.R. James, which was originally published in 1924. Several new texts have come to light since 1924 and the textual base for some of the apocrypha previously translated by James is now more secure, as in several cases there are now recently published critical editions available. Although a modest addition to James's edition was made in 1953, no thorough revision has previously been undertaken. In this volume, J.K. Elliott presents new translations of the texts and has provided each of them with a short introduction and bibliography for readers who wish to pursue further the issues raised in the texts or to consult the critical editions, other translations, or general studies. The translations are in modern English, in contrast to James's deliberate imitation of the language of the Authorized Version. The collection is designed to give readers the most important or famous of the Christian apocrypha and a small sample of gnostic texts. Full translations of the earliest texts are printed, as well as some derivative apocrypha.

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    This book is put together with a wealth of information! In addition, it's relatively thorough with details and historical information which makes it a great addition to have with your other study sources. Highly recommended!
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