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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; Revised edition (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664227228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664227227
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Wilhelm Schneemelcher was a Professor at Bonn University in Germany from 1954 until his retirement in 1979.

R. McL. Wilson was Professor Emeritus of Biblical Criticism at St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrew's, in Scotland.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Abelard on November 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
. . .this volume does for the Acts and Apocalypses of the Apostles.
This book "New Testament Apocrypha: Writings Relating to the Apostles Apocalypses and Related Subjects" , like the companion volume, is THE definitive scholarly English-language edition of the sub-canonical, post New Testament era Acts of various Apostles, lives of various Apostolic personalities, and Apocalypses and Revelations of all sorts.
Again, like the first volume, each text is expertly translated (with textual variants properly explained) and is preceded by a scholarly introduction discussing issues of critical importance. Appropriate references are also provided, so that the student or researcher has a "jumping-off" point for further study.
Any serious student of the New Testament and post New Testament era cannot affford to be without both of these texts. I highly recommend them both.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on July 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In this volume, and its companion, Wilson's English language translation of Schneemelcher's magnum opus, is presented in a most scholarly, critical edition. This book is a must, not only for the serious student of sub-New Testament literature, but also for pastors who wish to be informed as to the highest scholarship in this field.
This second volume, dealing with the apocryphal Acts of many of the Apostles (John, Andrew, etc.), and also with Apocalyptic material, demonstrates how the Early Church viewed the Apostles, as well as how heretical sects tried to "appropriate" the names and careers of early Christians in attempts to justify their own theologies. This volume also demonstrates the importance of Apocalyptic writing, both in Jewish and Christian circles. Finally, like it's companion volume, this book shows how early popular piety influenced early Christian writings.
Both volumes are highly recommended.
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This authoritative edition of the Apocryphal writings, relating to the New Testament, covers all the non canonical texts, detailed later on in this review. As a teen, I read the OT Pseudo-Epigrapha which fascinated me. I heard about the Gospel of Barnabas, which I read in Arabic, became suspicious of the translators, but developed an eagerness to read more. It was a lucky day in September when I carried back home the four hard covers, on the OT and NT Apocryphal texts. The novice reader may start with volume I which includes a concise introduction covering the NT canonization process, and reference to the testimony of Church Fathers Origen, Eusebius and Athanasius. This revised edition presents, one of the finest traditions of German scholarship on the extra canonicals. Together with its first volume, they cover all sources of ancient Apocryphal writings in Coptic, Greek and Latin.

All serious Bible scholars should examine, not just read, the wide spectrum of NT writings attributed to Jesus and his Apostles. Most of those, which were in existence at the time of the canon sealing by Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, in his Paschal letter of 367, have been scrutinized by the great Churches of the East. The New Testament compilation started with the letters of Paul, and the last book added was the Apocalypse of "Elder John', an associate of the beloved disciple. The twenty seven books; Gospels, letters and epistles formed the New Testament, by the Biblical leadership of Alexandria, confirmed by the consensus of the churches of rome and Antioch. Although ancient holy texts from the Judeo-Christian traditions of the wide Alexandrian canon, already included in the Septuagint, became the authorized version in all the Greek speaking East, and Latin West for the OT.
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