The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

A Very Short Introduction

by Paul B. Foster;


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The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction

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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.

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 44318th best seller. The ISBN for The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction is 9780199236947.

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Page last updated 9th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press (February 2009)
Weight135g
Number of Pages160
Thickness7 mm
Height174 mm
Width112 mm
ISBN9780199236947
ISBN-100199236941
Product Code1235184
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