Lost Scriptures Books That Did Not Make It into the New Testament

ISBN-10: 0195182502
ISBN-13: 9780195182507
Edition: 2005
Authors: Bart D. Ehrman
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Description: While most people think that the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are the only sacred writings of the early Christians, this is not at all the case. A companion volume to Bart Ehrman's Lost Christianities, this book offers an anthology of  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

While most people think that the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are the only sacred writings of the early Christians, this is not at all the case. A companion volume to Bart Ehrman's Lost Christianities, this book offers an anthology of up-to-date and readable translations of many non-canonical writings from the first centuries after Christ--texts that have been for the most part lost or neglected for almost two millennia. Here is an array of remarkably varied writings from early Christian groups whose visions of Jesus differ dramatically from our contemporary understanding. Readers will find Gospels supposedly authored by the apostle Philip, James the brother of Jesus, Mary Magdalen, and others. There are Acts originally ascribed to John and to Thecla, Paul's female companion; there are Epistles allegedly written by Paul to the Roman philosopher Seneca. And there is an apocalypse by Simon Peter that offers a guided tour of the afterlife, both the glorious ecstasies of the saints and the horrendous torments of the damned, and an Epistle by Titus, a companion of Paul, which argues page after page against sexual love, even within marriage, on the grounds that physical intimacy leads to damnation. In all, the anthology includes fifteen Gospels, five non-canonical Acts of the Apostles, thirteen Epistles, a number of Apocalypes and Secret Books, and several Canon lists. Ehrman has included a general introduction, plus brief introductions to each piece. This important anthology gives readers a vivid picture of the range of beliefs that battled each other in the first centuries of the Christian era.

New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from Wheaton College in 1978. He earned his Masters of Divinity and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and has taught at Rutgers University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor. He has published more than 20 scholarly and popular books, including three New York Times bestsellers, plus numerous articles and book reviews.

General Introduction
Non-Canonical Gospels
The Gospel of the Nazareans
The Gospel of the Ebionites
The Gospel According to the Hebrews
The Gospel According to the Egyptians
The Coptic Gospel of Thomas
Papyrus Egerton 2: The Unknown Gospel
The Gospel of Peter
The Gospel of Mary
The Gospel of Philip
The Gospel of Truth
The Gospel of the Savior
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
The Proto-Gospel of James
The Epistle of the Apostles
The Coptic Apocalypse of Peter
The Second Treatise of the Great Seth
The Secret Gospel of Mark
Non-Canonical Acts of the Apostles
The Acts of John
The Acts of Paul
The Acts of Thecla
The Acts of Thomas
The Acts of Peter
Non-Canonical Epistles and Related Writings
The Third Letter to the Corinthians
Correspondence of Paul and Seneca
Paul's Letter to the Laodiceans
The Letter of 1 Clement
The Letter of 2 Clement
The "Letter of Peter to James" and its "Reception"
The Homilies of Clement
Ptolemy's Letter to Flora
The Treatise on the Resurrection
The Didache
The Letter of Barnabas
The Preaching of Peter
Pseudo-Titus
Non-Canonical Apocalypses and Revelatory Treatises
The Shepherd of Hermas
The Apocalypse of Peter
The Apocalypse of Paul
The Secret Book of John
On the Origin of the World
The First Thought in Three Forms
The Hymn of the Pearl
Canonical Lists
The Muratorian Canon
The Canon of Origen of Alexandria
The Canon of Eusebius
The Canon of Athanasius of Alexandria
The Canon of the Third Synod of Carthage

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