- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Westminster John Knox Pr; Revised edition (December 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0664218784
- ISBN-13: 978-0664218782
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1,124,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #280 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Bible Study & Reference > Additional Texts > Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha
- #1815 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Bible Study & Reference > Criticism & Interpretation > New Testament
- #3340 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Bible Study & Reference > Bible Study > Guides
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
New Testament Apocrypha, Vol. 1: Gospels and Related Writings Revised Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
See the Best Books of 2018 So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year so far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
"The improvements over the previous editions are evident. The general introduction to the volume has been thoroughly revised. Here and in the revised introductions to the individual writings and updated bibliographies, the reader will find lucid accounts of the results and questions of the intensive and exciting scholarly debate of the last two decades. Moreover, the volume has been reliably and brilliantly translated by Professor R. McL. Wilson, the most eminent and distinguished scholar in the research on apocryphal and gnostic materials." -Professor Helmut Koester, Harvard University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Well, after reading many of these books, it is apparent why. There are stories that are just to unbelievable and obviously fabricated to believe. Some writings were forgeries.
One thing you will see, however, across most of the books is that they all still refer to any of the following that many try to refute: 1) Jesus life, 2) His resurrection, 3) His death, 4) His Lordship, 5) His "Sonship" to the Father.
For every day leading and direction, I'll stick to the Bible.
For casual reading, I'll read the apocrypha.
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. The only complete texts are: Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Phillip (some missing words), Book of Thomas, Epistula Apostolorum, Apocryphon of James, Letter of Peter to Phillip, Protevangelian of James, Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Nicodemus, Questions of Bartholomew. There are 15 texts that do not appear at all, but are simply described. In most cases, this is because they are not extant but are witnessed by some other document. In a handful of cases, however, the text is extant but not included. This occurs primarily in the section entitled "Other Gnostic Gospels and Related Writings", which had some difficulties with documents not being available for the original edition; the author of the section died before the revision was completed; and some texts were judged by the editor not to belong in this volume except in parts that are excerpted.
The last two sections, which concern themselves with "The Relatives of Jesus" and "The Work and Sufferings of Jesus", include quotations from works that reference these topics, such as Josephus and Eusebius, as well as self-contained texts. There are obviously a lot of texts that refer to the work and sufferings of Jesus. These are the ones that didn't fit into the previous sections. I found "The Relatives of Jesus" lacking in insight and missing some references to Jesus' family, but these are not the book's strongest sections.
The biggest shortcoming of this "New Testament Apocrypha", and the first thing that readers will notice, is the format. It's not user-friendly. (I have the hardback, so I cannot say if the paperback is the same.) The book is divided into sections, some of which are divided into documents or types of documents, which may be subdivided, and so on. Each section has an introduction as does each text. The first item in the introduction is the bibliography, followed by topics like attestation, extant remains, relation to canonical gospels, place and time of origin, contents, languages, theology. That sounds good, except that Wilson's translation is stiff, and I get the impression that readability may not have been a priority in the original German either. The introductions vary in depth and quality. I would have liked more discussion of theology.
The introductions, the notes, and the texts tend to run together. Distinguishing one from the next requires effort if you are reading straight through. If you're looking for a particular text using the table of contents, it is probably easier. Since section titles never appear at the top of the page, you are forced to use the table of contents anyway. The texts themselves are always in a larger font, so that is the way to pick them out. The translators often include Greek words in parentheses after the English equivalent for clarity's sake. That's fine, but when Greek is used in the Introductions or Notes, it is sometimes not translated, and references are made to particulars of the Greek when we can't see the Greek text. Presumably the intended market is scholars who read Greek and have the Greek text at hand. The "New Testament Apocrypha, Volume 1" is the best single collection of gospel-themed materials, but it leaves something to be desired as to readability.
Most recent customer reviews
...here is my review of books that build on these those who are looking for better...Read more