Tony Burke has long established himself as a master of the Christian apocrypha, writings that did not make it into the New Testament. With Secret Scriptures Revealed he has made his massive knowledge of the field available to a broad general audience in a readable, informed, and enjoyable overview that will be long cherished by both beginners and devotees.
-Bart D. Ehrman,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A fabulous new resource for undergraduates and nonspecialist readers. Written in accessible language with helpful references to modern reuses of Christian apocrypha such as Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, this book delivers what its title promises -- a state-of-the-art introduction to some of Christianity's most delightful, surprising, and even shocking works of ancient literature, which a wide audience of early Christians knew and enjoyed but modern readers rarely encounter.
-Nicola Denzey Lewis,
This excellent introduction to Christian apocryphal literature will be of use not only to scholars and students of the Bible and Christianity but to the general public as well. In particular, Burke is to be thanked for his convincing response to some unfortunate misrepresentations of early Christian apocrypha that have recently appeared in popular fiction and apologetic literature. Anyone looking for a historically reliable description of Christian apocrypha and their significance would do well to read this book.
-Stephen J. Shoemaker,
University of Oregon
An immensely valuable resource. . . . There are only a few other introductions to this literature currently available, all of which are either limited in the genres of texts they consider or overly technical. Burke's book does not shy away from introducing students to the complexities of manuscripts and languages of transmission, but he does clearly explain why these topics are so essential for fully appreciating the challenges of studying this literature.
University of Texas at Austin
An informative survey of an extensive corpus of Christian apocryphal texts. Burke's prose, written in an engaging and comprehensible style, is particularly accessible to beginning students, but specialists in other aspects of the historical study of religion will also benefit from his succinct description of the field.
-Charles W. Hedrick Sr.,
Missouri State University