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  • Paperback: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; Rev Sub edition (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 066422721X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664227210
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Pace on April 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
New Testament Apocrypha provides critically annotated translations of the collected body of extant ancient texts dealing with the life and sayings of Jesus the Nazarene. The revised edition presents, in English, all the essential source material for serious study of early gospel versions. This book, along with its companion volume dealing with apostolic texts, is presented in the best tradition of German scholarship. It is an absolute must for all students of early Christianity and the New Testament.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on July 25, 2000
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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 volume, dealing with the apocryphal Gospel material, shows clearly Early Church thinking and beliefs concerning the life and ministry of Christ, as well as the views of certain heretical sects. It also provides an insight into early "popular piety" which has played such an important role in the development of the Christian Church.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Peter Abelard on November 13, 2001
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This book "New Testament Apocrypha: Gospels and Related Writings" is THE definitive scholarly English-language edition of the sub-canonical, post New Testament era gospels and lives of various Gospel personalities.
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 this text. I highly recommend it.
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This Revised Edition of the "New Testament Apocrypha, Volume 1: Gospels and Related Writings", published in English in 1991, is a translation by R. McL. Wilson of the 6th German edition edited by Wilhelm Scheemelcher. The introductory materials for each text and section were simply translated from the German, but the texts themselves were translated, then checked against the original Greek, Coptic, or Latin and revised if necessary, in order to avoid the pitfalls of twice-removed translations. There are about 70 texts covered in this first volume, depending upon how you count. These are non-canonical Christian or semi-Christian texts that were excluded from the canon (or did not yet exist) by the end of the 2nd century, by which time it is likely certain texts had been established as normative, though the canon was not definitively fixed until the 4th century. The texts range in date of origin from the early 2nd to 7th centuries, with most from the 2nd-4th centuries.

The 65-page General Introduction addresses both volumes of the "New Testament Apocrypha". It discusses the history of the terms "canon" and "apocrypha" as they were applied to Christian texts, the evidence and conflicting theories of when and how the Christian canon was formed, the influences of heterodox sects on the orthodox canon, and provides translations of ancient and medieval canon catalogs. It also discusses the relation of the apocrypha to the canon, its role, and the history of apocryphal research. It should be noted that this introduction and those for the texts sometimes do not reflect the latest scholarship, as they were written nearly 20 years ago.

Most of the texts are incomplete or fragmentary.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Odo of Venafro on May 24, 2007
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I was very dissappointed with Schneemelcher's two volume; "New Testament Apocrypha". I ordered both volumes from amazon. First, it is exactly what I thought it wasn't. That is, it is filled with extracts, and sometimes very brief ones. For example, the Infancy Gospels, and the "Sybilline Oracles". Maybe I am wrong, but it seemed to me you could count on two hands how many complete texts it contained. I do not believe it even contained; "Nicodemus". Unless it was under an alternate title. Moreover, perhaps some will not agree, but it reminded me, in an offhand way, of a volume of Pre-Socratic philosophy. Or to take that even further, it seemed more a book -about- apocryphal literature; than the literature itself. Is that what it is? Or even a bibliography. Why is everyone calling this the ultimate edition? At nearly $100.00 I will probably return them. If it was half the cost, I might keep them for reference volumes. Thank You Nicandemus
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thinking on February 26, 2006
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If you're serious about biblical research, volumes I and II are must haves for your library.
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