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The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha

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The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha addresses issues and themes that arise in the study of early Christian apocryphal literature. It discusses key texts including the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Peter, letters attributed to Paul, Peter, and Jesus, and acts and apocalypses written about or attributed to different apostles. Part One consists of authoritative surveys of the main branches of apocryphal literature (gospels, acts, epistles, apocalypses, and related literature) and Part Two considers key issues that they raise. These include their contribution to our understanding of developing theological understandings of Jesus, the apostles and other important figures such as Mary. It also addresses the value of these texts as potential sources for knowledge of the historical Jesus, and for debates about Jewish-Christian relations, the practice of Christian worship, and developing understandings of asceticism, gender and sexuality, etc.
The volume also considers questions such as which ancient readers read early Christian apocrypha, their place in Christian spirituality, and their place in contemporary popular culture and contemporary theological discourse.

The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha was published by Oxford University Press in August 2015. The ISBN for The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha is 9780199644117.

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Page last updated 10th December 2016
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (August 2015)
Weight1052g
Number of Pages496
Thickness33 mm
Height246 mm
Width171 mm
ISBN9780199644117
ISBN-10019964411X
Product Code4321369
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