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The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction

Paul Foster

February 2009

ISBN: 9780199236947

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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This Very Short Introduction offers a clear and concise account of the apocryphal gospels. Exploring their origins, discovery and interpretation, and examining controversies and case-studies, Paul Foster shows how the texts can offer us an important window on the vibrant and multi-faceted face of early Christianity.

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This Very Short Introduction offers a clear and concise account of the apocryphal gospels. Exploring their origins, discovery and interpretation, and examining controversies and case-studies, Paul Foster shows how the texts can offer us an important window on the vibrant and multi-faceted face of early Christianity.

  • An accessible guide to the history, meaning, and interpretation of the Apocryphal Gospels
  • Shows how close analysis of text, contents and context are vital in assessing the value and authenticity of such ancient and valuable texts.
  • Discusses the limitations of using the apocryphal gospels to reconstruct an accurate portrait of the historical Jesus - and sets this against the limitations of using the New Testament gospels.

About the Author(s)

Paul Foster, Lecturer in New Testament Literature, Language and Theology, University of Edinburgh

Table of Contents

    1:The Apocryphal Gospels - What's in a Name?
    2:The 'Gospels' from Nag Hammadi
    3:The Infancy Gospels
    4:Gospels set during the Earthly Life of Jesus
    5:Secret Revelations and Post-Resurrection Dialogues
    6:Insights from the Non-Canonical Gospels
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

""Very Short" could just as truthfully be described as "Very Informative"... Illuminating and accessible." - Methodist Recorder

"He writes with elegance and clarity, and presents... complex arguments... with simplicity and grace." - John Drane, Baptist Times

"Fascinating reading." - David Sexton, Evening Standard