The Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and Translations
Bart Ehrman--the New York Times bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus and a recognized authority on the early Christian Church--and Zlatko Plese here offer a groundbreaking, multi-lingual edition of the Apocryphal Gospels, one that breathes new life into the non-canonical texts that were once nearly lost to history. In The Apocryphal Gospels, Ehrman and Plese present a rare compilation of over 40 ancient gospel texts and textual fragments that do not appear in the New Testament. This essential collection contains Gospels describing Jesus's infancy, ministry, Passion, and resurrection, as well as the most controversial manuscript discoveries of modern times, including the most significant Gospel discovered in the 20th century--the Gospel of Thomas--and the most recently discovered Gospel, the Gospel of Judas Iscariot. For the first time ever, these sacred manuscripts are featured in the original Greek, Latin, and Coptic languages, accompanied by fresh English translations that appear next to the original texts, allowing for easy line by line comparison. Also, each translation begins with a thoughtful examination of key historical, literary, and textual issues that places each Gospel in its proper context. The end result is a resource that enables anyone interested in Christianity or the early Church to understand--better than ever before--the deeper meanings of these apocryphal Gospels. The Apocryphal Gospels is much more than an annotated guide to the Gospels. Through its authoritative use of both native text and engaging, accurate translations, it provides an unprecedented look at early Christianity and the New Testament. This is an indispensable volume for any reader interested in church history, antiquity, ancient languages, or the Christian faith.
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The Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and TranslationsUser Review - Book Verdict
Ehrman has once again teamed up with Oxford University Press, now with the help of his UNC-Chapel Hill religious studies colleague Plese, to make lesser-known resources more readily available to students of early Christianity. This time they offer up a bilingual collection of apocryphal Gospel accounts. Although some of these materials, such as the Infancy Gospel of Thomas or the Gospel of Judas, are not entirely unknown to general audiences, thanks in part to Ehrman's previous publications (e.g., Lost Scriptures), what we find here is a much more comprehensive corpus, including papyri and other fragments, that only more ambitious learners are likely to have come across before. That they are perhaps the intended readers is suggested by the inclusion of original-language materials in Greek, Latin, and Coptic, although the absence of a general introduction and index seems regrettable. VERDICT Ehrman and Plese have done a great service to students of ancient Christian texts and languages. This volume is sure to be enthusiastically received into both personal libraries and university syllabi.—Matthew Sullivan, Hallowell, ME
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Finally finished this huge tome! Although it took me almost two months, reading this was constructive. I give credit and much-deserved kudos to Drs. Ehrman and Plese for their fairness in the writeups ...