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The Apocryphal Gospels

Texts and Translations

Bart Ehrman and Zlatko Plese

Publication Date - 21 July 2011

ISBN: 9780199732104

624 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Two leading authorities on the early Church present the first original-text and facing-page translation of the Gospels not included in the New Testament.


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.


  • Features original language editions of all the texts (Greek, Latin, Coptic)
  • New English translations are both vibrant and accurate
  • Includes select apparatus and notes to help guide the reader
  • Incisive introductions that provide historical, literary, and textual issues
  • Makes available for the first time texts that have been virtually inaccessible in modern times, both in their original language and in translations

About the Author(s)

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous volumes on the early Christian Church, including Lost Scriptures, Lost Christianities, Misquoting Jesus, and The Gospel of Judas Iscariot.

Zlatko Plese is Associate Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Poetics of the Gnostic Universe: Narrative and Cosmology in the Apocryphon of John.


"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" -- Library Journal

"This volume will find its way to the classics and will have a long life. Essential." -- Choice

Table of Contents

    Infancy Gospels
    Infancy Gospel of Thomas
    Infancy Gospel of Thomas C
    Proto-Gospel of James
    Gospel of Pseudo Matthew
    Latin Infancy Gospels
    Coptic History of Joseph the Carpenter
    Ministry Gospels
    Jewish Christian Gospels
    Gospel of the Nazareans
    Gospel of the Ebionites
    Gospel according to the Hebrews
    Gospel of the Egyptians
    A Gospel Harmony: The Diatesseron
    Papyrus Berlin 11710
    Papyrus Cairensis 10735
    Papyrus Egerton 2
    Papyrus Merton 51
    P Oxy 210
    P Oxy 840
    P Oxy 1224
    P Oxy 2949
    P Oxy 4009
    P Vindob G 2325
    Sayings Gospels and Agrapha
    Gospel of Thomas
    Gospel of Thomas: Greek fragments
    Passion / Resurrection/ and Post-Resurrection Gospels
    Gospel of Peter
    Gospel of Judas
    Abgar Legend
    Gospel of Nicodemus A
    Gospel of Nicodemus B
    Report of Pilate
    Handing over of Pilate
    Letter of Pilate to Claudius
    Letter of Pilate to Herod
    Letter of Herod to Pilate
    Letter of Tiberius to Pilate
    Vindicta Salvatoris
    Mors Pilati
    Narrative of Joseph of Arimathea
    Gospel of Mary
    Gospel of Mary: Greek fragments
    Greater Questions of Mary