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Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha: A New Translation (includes The Protoevangelium of James, The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Peter & more) (Lexham Classics) Paperback – December 6, 2017
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A fascinating insight into the rival religious communities of the early Christian church.
These apocryphal texts open a window to understanding the rival religious communities which coexisted with the early church. Written after the ministry of Christ and the apostles, these collections of writings contain stories about Jesus that were never part of the canonical Gospels, but nevertheless offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of the early church. These translations by Rick Brannan are perfect for use by students, scholars, and everyday Christians interested in early Christian apocrypha.
Lexham Classics are beautifully typeset new editions of classic works. Each book has been carefully transcribed or translated from the original texts, ensuring an accurate representation of the writing as the author intended it to be read.
This volume includes:
The Protevangelium of James
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Peter
The Gospel of Thomas (Greek Fragments)
The Gospel of Nicodemus (Acts of Pilate) and the Descent of Christ to Hell
The Gospel of Mary
Sayings in the Canonical New Testament outside of Gospels
Sayings in Additions to New Testament MSS
Sayings in the Apostolic Fathers
Sayings in Justin Martyr
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- Publisher : Lexham Press (December 6, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1683590651
- ISBN-13 : 978-1683590651
- Item Weight : 10.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- #365 in Christian Bible Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha
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Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments and Agrapha: A New Translation is a lucid collection of ancient documents related to early Christianity, including longer stories connected to the life of Jesus (Gospels), smaller pieces of material with written words about Jesus (Fragments), as well as unwritten sayings attributed to Jesus (Agrapha). Still, it’s important to mention that Brannan has provided much more than a mere translation of ancient texts. Each translation is offered with introductory comments and various observations to help readers connect the material within the context of biblical studies. These comments and observations are invaluable and may even come as somewhat of a surprise to readers given the narrowness of the subtitle.
Brannan opens the book and concentrates on numerous agrapha from within four major sources: (1) sayings in the New Testament outside the Gospels, (2) sayings in additions to New Testament manuscripts, (3) sayings in the Apostolic Fathers, and (4) sayings in Justin Martyr. Brannan has done an excellent service to the reader by choosing some of the most significant agrapha to interact within this section and the inclusion of parallel passages offers readers a better sense of the overall context of each saying. It’s certainly not comprehensive by any stretch. But, it’s an appropriate starting point and an excellent orientation to the genre. The following six chapters are occupied with apocryphal Gospels, including The Protoevangelium of James, The Infancy Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Peter, and more. Each apocryphal Gospel includes an introduction to orient the reader towards the content and a readable translation of the text. Finally, Brannan rounds the volume out with translations of ten well-known fragments from Oxyrhynchus. The choice of fragments is similar in scope to the previous choice of agrapha, and readers will appreciate the variety and importance of Brannan’s selection.
There is much to welcome in Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments and Agrapha. Three things are worth mention here. First, I think readers will appreciate the attention to detail that Brannan displays. For example, the reader will find numerous footnotes to encourage deeper study and provide additional translations of texts. Also, Brannan provides both a “Reading Translation” and a “Line Translation” for agrapha and fragments. Second, given the academic nature of the content, I thought it was great that Brannan had included various bibliography sections. This is a book that will ultimately encourage readers into a deeper exploration of the literary landscape of early Christianity, and Brannan has provided a great roadmap for that journey. Third, like other books in the Lexham Classics series, the typeset and presentation of the volume is excellent. It’s readable and easy on the eyes.
Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments and Agrapha: A New Translation by Rick Brannan is a fantastic addition to the Lexham Classics series. It may be somewhat selfish to wish that Brannan had included more material, specifically more agrapha and fragments. But, if that is my only complaint, then I’d have to say that this volume is a huge success. It’s affordable, readable, and informative. I couldn’t recommend it more!