Ancient Apocryphal Gospels
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Ancient Apocryphal Gospels

Westminster John Knox Press / 2017 / Hardcover

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In Ancient Apocryphal Gospels, a volume from WJK Press' Interpretation series, Markus Blockmeuhl offers a sympathetic account of the ancient apocryphal gospel writings, showing their place within the reception history and formation of what was to become the canonical fourfold gospel.

Bockmuehl begins by helping readers understand the early history behind these noncanonical Gospels before going on to examine dozens of specific apocryphal texts. He explores the complex oral and intertextual relationships between the noncanonical and canonical Gospels, maintaining that it is legitimate and instructive to read the apocryphal writings as an engagement with the person of Jesus that both presupposes and supplements the canonical narrative outline. Appropriate for pastors and nonspecialists, this work offers a fuller understanding of these writings and their significance for biblical interpretation in the church.

About the Series

In addition to being one of the finest commentaries on the market today, WJK press' Interpretation series, with the release of its new thematic oriented commentaries, has also become, arguably, the most dynamic. Moving beyond commentaries that focus on entire books of the Bible, Interpretation will now focus on "enduring passages" of Scripture seeking to garner not only a critical understanding of a given passage in its original context and historical setting, but also seeking to construct and articulate a theology out of that is relevant for our modern world.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0664235891
ISBN-13: 9780664235895
Series: Interpretation Commentary

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Author Bio

Markus Bockmuehl is the Dean Ireland's Professor in the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford. He has written or edited dozens of books and articles, including Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory: The New Testament Apostle in the Early Church and Seeing the Word: Refocusing New Testament Study.

Editorial Reviews

"For those who prefer sound scholarship to hype and exaggeration on apocryphal gospels, this is the book! Wide-ranging in coverage, up to date in scholarly discussion, with sober analyses of controversial issues, and cogent argumentation for the positions taken, this is now the 'go-to' introduction to these texts."
—LARRY W. HURTADO, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
"This book is a rare combination. It will offer beginning students a sure-footed guide to the basics of studying the apocryphal gospels. It also lays down a challenge to many current approaches to the gospels among scholars, in its bold arguments about the relation between the apocrypha and their canonical counterparts. A must-read for all studying or writing about the gospels."
—SIMON GATHERCOLE, Reader in New Testament Studies, University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Theology and Religious Studies, Fitzwilliam College
"The 'apocryphal gospels' seem nearly as controversial today as they were in the second and third centuries. That is why Markus Bockmuehl's substantive, balanced, and authoritative introduction will prove so valuable, particularly to those in ministry but also to lay readers and to scholars as well. While guiding the reader through the maze of the fascinatingly diverse, noncanonical gospel literature, Bockmuehl demonstrates how these books relate 'epiphenomenally,' that is, as supplements and sometimes as challengers, to the canonical four. To the often polemically charged treatment of these ancient writings, this book offers a calm and well-informed alternative. This is a significant achievement."
—CHARLES E. HILL, John R. Richardson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Reformed Theological Seminary

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