New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, Volume 1
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New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, Volume 1

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2016 / Hardcover

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New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, an anthology of ancient nonbiblical Christian literature, presents introductions to and translations of little-known apocryphal texts from a wide variety of genres, most of which have never before been translated into any modern language. Ranging from the second century to the second millennium, this rich anthology of little-known apocryphal literature includes 30 texts that are carefully introduced, annotated, and translated by eminent scholars. A valuable resource, it offers a more complete view of Christian thought than canonical texts alone can offer.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 688
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 0802872891
ISBN-13: 9780802872890

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Author Bio

Tony Burke is associate professor of religious studies at York University in Toronto and founding president of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature. He is also the author of Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha.

Brent Landau is lecturer in religious studies at the University of Texas at Austin; he previously taught at the University of Oklahoma, Harvard Divinity School, and Boston University. His other books include Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men's Journey to Bethlehem.

Editorial Reviews

Bart D. Ehrman
— University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"In this masterful volume we find that greatest of rarities—a collection of ancient texts scarcely known (let alone studied) by scholars of Christian antiquity. With these fresh translations of some thirty apocryphal works, each with a gratifyingly full introduction and bibliography, Burke, Landau, and all the contributors have provided us with a rigorous but highly accessible volume that will long prove to be a scholarly vade mecum."

April D. DeConick
— Rice University
"A treasure trove of early Christian writings dating from the second century onward. Created by Tony Burke and Brent Landau as a supplement to more traditional collections of apocryphal literature, this book contains amazing stories from the Christian imagination about Jesus and other biblical characters whose legends were popular witnesses to the Christian faith in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Many of the texts introduced and translated here are being made available to us for the first time. A must-have collection."

Paul Foster
— University of Edinburgh
"Magnificent. . . . The thirty writings brought together here present a fascinating snapshot of the concerns, interests, and piety of various early believers expressed in the form of literary texts. This volume will become a standard work in the field; serious scholars of early Christianity and interested readers will learn much while being entertained and captivated by these enigmatic ancient texts."

Andrew Gregory
— University College, Oxford
"This fine collection brings together thirty recently published or long known but often neglected Christian texts, variously inspired by or responding to characters or events presented in the books of the New Testament, together with one Jewish parody of the life of Jesus. Editors and contributors alike are to be congratulated on their achievement, which paves the way for a wider appreciation and understanding of these varied, fascinating, and sometimes surprising texts, some of which may at times have been more popular than their biblical counterparts."

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