Reading Christian Apocrypha: Tradition, Interpretation, Practice
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Reading Christian Apocrypha: Tradition, Interpretation, Practice  -     By: Tobias Nicklas, Jens Schroter, Janet Spittler

Reading Christian Apocrypha: Tradition, Interpretation, Practice

Fortress Press / 2022 / Paperback

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Title: Reading Christian Apocrypha: Tradition, Interpretation, Practice
By: Tobias Nicklas, Jens Schroter, Janet Spittler
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 450
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 2 pounds
ISBN: 150648140X
ISBN-13: 9781506481401
Stock No: WW481407

Publisher's Description

Christian apocrypha has suffered neglect. Living just outside the Christian canon, apocryphal Christian works have been judged deficient, secret, and even heretical. In Reading Christian Apocrypha, Tobias Nicklas, Jens Schröter, and Janet Spittler lavish attention upon these extracanonical texts to demonstrate that, far from being superfluous or fringe, Christian apocrypha plays a crucial role in the history of Christianity.

Apocryphal works function as important witnesses for the reception of Jesus, Paul, and other apostolic figures. Beyond the reception of canonical figures, however, they provide foundational stories that fill in the Christian landscape of memories, supplying local and regional Christian communities with narratives that tie their own environment, traditions, and practices to the activities of the apostles and apostolic figures. Reading Christian Apocrypha also explores how apocryphal works adopt and adapt Jewish and Greco-Roman views on the origin of the world, its history, and the world to come, creating new "spaces of interpretation" around biblical texts and traditions.

The apocryphal writings reveal that Christianity, from the very beginning, developed a wide variety of theological perspectives within diverse linguistic traditions and geographical areas. Ultimately, Reading Christian Apocrypha demonstrates that the distinction between "canonical" and "apocryphal" tradition is far blurrier than often assumed.

Author Bio

Tobias Nicklas is professor of New Testament and director of the Centre for Advanced Studies "Beyond Canon" at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He is a research associate at the department of New Testament at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, and adjunct ordinary professor at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Jens Schröter is professor of New Testament exegesis and ancient Christian apocrypha at the Humboldt-University of Berlin.

Janet Spittler is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia.

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