The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha

Hardcover | September 13, 2015

EditorAndrew Gregory, Christopher Tuckett

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The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha addresses issues and themes that arise in the study of early Christian apocryphal literature. It discusses key texts including the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Peter, letters attributed to Paul, Peter, and Jesus, and actsand apocalypses written about or attributed to different apostles. Part One consists of authoritative surveys of the main branches of apocryphal literature (gospels, acts, epistles, apocalypses, and related literature) and Part Two considers key issues that they raise. These include theircontribution to our understanding of developing theological understandings of Jesus, the apostles and other important figures such as Mary. It also addresses the value of these texts as potential sources for knowledge of the historical Jesus, and for debates about Jewish-Christian relations, thepractice of Christian worship, and developing understandings of asceticism, gender and sexuality, etc. The volume also considers questions such as which ancient readers read early Christian apocrypha, their place in Christian spirituality, and their place in contemporary popular culture and contemporary theological discourse.

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The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha addresses issues and themes that arise in the study of early Christian apocryphal literature. It discusses key texts including the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Peter, letters attributed to Paul, Peter, and Jesus, and actsand apocalypses written about or attributed ...

Andrew Gregory is Chaplain and Fellow of University College, Oxford. Christopher Tuckett was Professor of New Testament Studies at University of Oxford. Tobias Nicklas is Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Hermeneutics at the University of Regensburg. Joseph Verheyden is Professor of New Testament at the University of Leuven.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.32 inPublished:September 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsList of FiguresPart I: Introduction and overview1. Christopher Tuckett: Introduction2. Jorg Frey: Texts About Jesus: Non-canonical Gospels and Related Literature3. Charlotte Touati and Claire Clivaz: Apocryphal Texts About Other Characters in the Canonical Gospels4. Richard Pervo: Narratives About the Apostles: Non-canonical Acts and Related Literature5. Andrew Gregory: Non-canonical Epistles and Related Literature6. Richard Bauckham: Non-canonical Apocalypses and Prophetic WorksPart II: Key Issues and Themes7. Tobias Nicklas: The Influence of Jewish Scriptures on Early Christian Apocrypha8. L. W. Hurtado: Who Read Early Christian Apocrypha?9. Jens Schroter: The Formation of the New Testament Canon and Early Christian Apocrypha10. Francois Bovon: 'Useful for the Soul': Christian Apocrypha and Christian Spirituality11. Pheme Perkins: Christology and Soteriology in Apocryphal Gospels12. Paul Foster: Christology and Soteriology in Apocryphal Acts and Apocalypses13. Stephen J. Patterson: The Gospel of Thomas and the Historical Jesus14. Simon Gathercole: Other Apocryphal Gospels and the Historical Jesus15. J. K. Elliott: Christian Apocrypha and the Developing Role of Mary16. Robin M. Jensen: The Apocryphal Mary in Early Christian Art17. Richard I. Pervo: The Role of the Apostles18. Petri Luomanen: Judaism and Anti-Judaism in Early Christian Apocrypha19. Outi Lehtipuu: Eschatology and the Fate of the Dead in Early Christian Apocrypha20. Harald Buchinger: Liturgy and Early Christian Apocrypha21. Candida R. Moss: Roman Imperialism: The Political Context of Early Christian Apocrypha22. Judith Hartenstein: Encratism, Asceticism, and The Construction of Gender and Sexual Identity in Apocryphal Gospels23. Yves Tissot: Encratism and the Apocryphal Acts24. Tony Burke: Early Christian Apocrypha in Popular Culture25. Tony Burke: Early Christian Apocrypha in Contemporary Theological Discourse