The Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and Translations

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Oxford University Press, 2011 M07 21 - 624 pages
Bart Ehrman--the New York Times bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus and a recognized authority on the early Christian Church--and Zlatko Plese here offer a groundbreaking, multi-lingual edition of the Apocryphal Gospels, one that breathes new life into the non-canonical texts that were once nearly lost to history. In The Apocryphal Gospels, Ehrman and Plese present a rare compilation of over 40 ancient gospel texts and textual fragments that do not appear in the New Testament. This essential collection contains Gospels describing Jesus's infancy, ministry, Passion, and resurrection, as well as the most controversial manuscript discoveries of modern times, including the most significant Gospel discovered in the 20th century--the Gospel of Thomas--and the most recently discovered Gospel, the Gospel of Judas Iscariot. For the first time ever, these sacred manuscripts are featured in the original Greek, Latin, and Coptic languages, accompanied by fresh English translations that appear next to the original texts, allowing for easy line by line comparison. Also, each translation begins with a thoughtful examination of key historical, literary, and textual issues that places each Gospel in its proper context. The end result is a resource that enables anyone interested in Christianity or the early Church to understand--better than ever before--the deeper meanings of these apocryphal Gospels. The Apocryphal Gospels is much more than an annotated guide to the Gospels. Through its authoritative use of both native text and engaging, accurate translations, it provides an unprecedented look at early Christianity and the New Testament. This is an indispensable volume for any reader interested in church history, antiquity, ancient languages, or the Christian faith.

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As the title says, this is the apocryphal gospels, translated into English with the opposite page giving the text in the original language. Short blurbs before each gospel introduce the gospel and ... Read full review


Infancy Gospels
An Alternative Beginning
The Birth of Mary the Revelation of James
The Gospel of PseudoMatthew
Arundel Form
The History of Joseph the Carpenter
Ministry Gospels
The JewishChristian Gospels
The Gospel according to the Egyptians
The Diatessaron?
Papyrus Berlin 11710
Papyrus Cairo 10735
Papyrus Egerton 2 and Papyrus Köln 255
Papyrus Merton 51
Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 210
Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 840

The Gospel of the Nazareans
The Gospel of the Ebionites
The Gospel according to the Hebrews
Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 2949
Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 4009
Papyrus Vindobonensis G 2325 The Fayûm Fragment

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Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous volumes on the early Christian Church, including Lost Scriptures, Lost Christianities, Misquoting Jesus, and The Gospel of Judas Iscariot. Zlatko Plese is Associate Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Poetics of the Gnostic Universe: Narrative and Cosmology in the Apocryphon of John.

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