The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction Paperback
A Very Short Introduction
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The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction
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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.
Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over two million copies sold worldwide.
This Very Short Introduction offers a clear, accessible, and concise account of the apocryphal gospels - exploring their origins, their discovery, and discussing how the various texts have been interpreted both by the Church and beyond.
Looking at texts from the Gospels from Nag Hammadi to the Dialogues with the Risen Saviour, Paul Foster shows how the apocryphal gospels reflect the diversity that existed within early Christianity, and examines the extent to which they can be used to reconstruct an accurate portrait of the historical Jesus. Including discussions of controversies and case-studies such as the alleged hoax surrounding the discovery of Secret Mark, Foster concludes that the non-canonical texts, considered in the correct context, offer us an important window on the vibrant and multi-faceted face of early Christianity.
The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction by Paul B. Foster was published by Oxford University Press in February 2009 and is our 44363rd best seller. The ISBN for The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction is 9780199236947.
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The Apocryphal GospelsIan Gibbs, via The Good Book Stall
Very Short Introductions are an ambitious series (200 planned) of pocket sized volumes on a myriad of subjects. Their size is a key to their being useful ‘reads’ on a train or bus, or helps to fill the unfilled minutes. Speculation about the readership of this pocket book in the series is tantalising, but whoever picks it up will be introduced to a fascinating, if limited world – parallel world? – which co-existed uneasily with the mainstream Christianity for several centuries. Each ‘gospel’ is treated here with seriousness and the theological issues raised by each text are dealt with remarkably comprehensively given the limited format of the book.
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Details for The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction
|Page last updated||22nd June 2017|
|Author / Artist||Paul B. Foster|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press (February 2009)|
|Number of Pages||160|