The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 15, 2009

byPaul Foster

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This iVery Short Introduction/i offers a clear, accessible, and concise account of the apocryphal gospels - exploring their origins, their discovery, and discussing how the various texts have been interpreted both by the Church and beyond. Looking at texts from the iGospels from Nag Hammadi/i to the iDialogues with the Risen Saviour/i, Paul Foster shows how the apocryphal gospels reflect the diversity that existed within early Christianity, and examines the extent to which they can be used to reconstruct an accurate portrait of thehistorical Jesus. Including discussions of controversies and case-studies such as the alleged hoax surrounding the discovery of iSecret Mark/i, Foster concludes that the non-canonical texts, considered in the correct context, offer us an important window on the vibrant and multi-faceted face ofearly Christianity.

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This iVery Short Introduction/i offers a clear, accessible, and concise account of the apocryphal gospels - exploring their origins, their discovery, and discussing how the various texts have been interpreted both by the Church and beyond. Looking at texts from the iGospels from Nag Hammadi/i to the iDialogues with the Risen Saviour/i,...

Paul Foster is Lecturer in New Testament Language, Literature and Theology, University of Edinburgh. His publications include iCommunity, Law and Mission in Matthew's Gospel/i, (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004); iThe So-called Gospel of Peter - An Introduction and Commentary/i (Oxford: OUP, 2007) in preparation. iThe Writings of the Apos...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.02 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199236941

ISBN - 13:9780199236947

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1. The Apocryphal Gospels - What's in a Name?2. The 'Gospels' from Nag Hammadi3. The Infancy Gospels4. Gospels set during the Earthly Life of Jesus5. Secret Revelations and Post-Resurrection Dialogues6. Insights from the Non-Canonical GospelsFurther ReadingIndex