The Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church

Paperback | August 15, 2008

EditorJ. K. Elliott

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This accessible selection of the most important and significant of the remarkable and often bizarre apocryphal stories surrounding the life of Jesus and the Early Church has established a reputation as an invaluable introduction to the genre of Christian apocryphal literature. J. K. Elliott clearly explains the scholarly importance of the genre and introduces each section of texts with reference to biblical texts and later church history. Stories found in this selection include Jesus' birth in a cave, his childhood escapades, his secret sayings, and his descent to theunderworld; the torments in Hell; Saint Paul baptizing a lion; the death of Pontius Pilate and Saint Peter being crucified upside down. These all come from early Christian legends which did not get into the Bible, yet have had a profound influence on art, literature, and theology from the secondcentury through the Middle Ages and even modern times. Some of the stories included here, especially those involving the Virgin Mary, have affected matters of doctrine; others have influenced the church's teaching on the after life, whilst from the apocryphal Acts there are some of the best examplesof accounts of the lives of Christianity's earliest saints.

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This accessible selection of the most important and significant of the remarkable and often bizarre apocryphal stories surrounding the life of Jesus and the Early Church has established a reputation as an invaluable introduction to the genre of Christian apocryphal literature. J. K. Elliott clearly explains the scholarly importance of ...

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Jesus' birth in a cave, his childhood escapades, his secret sayings, and his descent to the underworld; the torments in Hell; Saint Paul baptizing a lion; the death of Pontius Pilate and Saint Peter being crucified upside down. These are among the fascinating stories found in this present selection. They all come from early Christian l...

J.K. Elliott is a Professor of New Testament Textual Criticism at the University of Leeds.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:August 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199544026

ISBN - 13:9780199544028

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IntroductionA: Stories Relating to the Period of the New Testament Gospels1. The Birth of Jesus2. The Childhood of Jesus3. Jesus' Parents4. The Ministry of Jesus5. The Death and Resurrection of Jesus6. Pilate7. Jesus in the Underworld8. Veronica9. ZachariasB: Stories Relating to the Growth of the Church10. Peter11. Paul12. John13. Thomas14. AndrewC. Stories Relating to Life After Death15. Heaven and Hell16. The End of Time

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`Provides a splendid way of giving students as well as the general reader access to texts that are so important for an appreciation of the breadth of religious practice and imagination in the early Christian period ... Highly recommended for scholarly as well as general libraries. 'Religious Studies Review