An expansive compilation of New Testament apocrypha in English translation, featuring fascinating but heretofore unpublished texts.
New Testament Apocrypha, vol. 3, continues to unearth the vast diversity of Christian Scripture outside of the traditional canon. This new collection encompasses a broad range of languages—Greek, Church Slavic, Old English, Coptic, and more—and spans centuries, from the formation of the canonical New Testament to the high Middle Ages.
The selections here represent some of the least studied apocryphal texts, many of which have not previously received an English translation or a critical edition. Notable newly edited and translated selections include The Martyrdom of Zechariah, The Decapitation of John the Forerunner, The Birth of John, The Revelation about the Lord’s Prayer, and The Dialogue of Mary and Christ on the Departure of the Soul.
Each text is accompanied by a robust introduction, bibliography, and notes. Scholars of apocrypha, Scripture, and hagiography from a breadth of disciplines will find this an indispensable reference for their research and teaching.
Carson Bay, Mark Glen Bilby, Rick Brannan, Christian H. Bull, Slavomir Čéplö, Alexander D’Alisera, J. Gregory Given, Nathan J. Hardy, Brandon W. Hawk, Stephen C. E. Hopkins, Alexander Kocar, Brent Landau, Jacob A. Lollar, Christine Luckritz Marquis, Ivan Miroshnikov, Tobias Nicklas, Samuel Osborn, Stephen Pelle, Bradley Rice, Julia A. Snyder, Janet E. Spittler, James Toma, Péter Tóth, Sarah Veale, J. Edward Walters, Charles D. Wright, Lorne R. Zelyck
Table of Contents
Introduction I. Gospels and Related Traditions of New Testament Figures The Hospitality and Perfume of the Bandit—Mark G. Bilby The Gospel of the Twelve—James Toma The Dialogue of Jesus and the Devil—Chance E. Bonar and Slavomír Čéplö The Story of the Image of Edessa—Nathan J. Hardy The Dream of the Rood—Alexander D’Alisera and Samuel Osborn The Eremitic Life of Mary Magdalene—Brandon W. Hawk The Martyrdom of Zechariah—Tony Burke and Sarah Veale The Decapitation of John the Forerunner—Tony Burke II. Apocryphal Acts and Related Traditions The Acts of Andrew and Paul—Christian H. Bull and Alexander Kocar The Acts of Andrew and Philemon—Ivan Miroshnikov The Story of John Meeting Cerinthus—Lorne R. Zelyck The Acts of John in Rome—Janet E. Spittler The Acts of John by Prochorus—Janet E. Spittler The Memorial of John—Rick Brannan The Martyrdom of Mark—Tobias Nicklas The History of Paul—Jacob A. Lollar The Preaching of Simon Cephas in the City of Rome—J. Edward Walters The Disputation of Peter and Nero—J. Edward Walters The Acts of Christ and Peter in Rome—Julia A. Snyder and Slavomír Čéplö The Passion of Peter and Paul—Carson Bay The Preaching of Philip—Ivan Miroshnikov III. Epistles The Epistles of Ignatius, John, and Mary—Gregory Given The Epistle of James to Quadratus—Brent Landau, Bradley Rice, and J. Edward Walters The Epistles of Longinus, Augustus, Ursinus, and Patrophilus—Tony Burke IV. Apocalypses The Revelation about the Lord’s Prayer—Peter Tóth The Dialogue of Mary and Christ on the Departure of the Soul—Christine Luckritz Marquis The Questions of John (Interrogatio Iohannis)—Stephen C. E. Hopkins 1 Revelation of Matthew about the End Times—Stephen Pelle 2 Revelation of Matthew about the End Times—Charles D. Wright and Stephen Pelle Indexes
Tony Burke is professor of humanities at York University. His academic interests include the study of Christian biographical literature of the second century (infancy gospels), children and the family in Roman antiquity, curses, and noncanonical Jewish and Christian writings.
Review of Biblical Literature “An excellently edited and rich volume and a welcome source for scholars and students of the world of Christian apocrypha, interpretation and reception history, and hagiography of the first fifteen centuries CE.”
Praise for the first two volumes of New Testament Apocrypha:
“This is an incredibly rich, informative, and highly scholarly presentation of little-known texts.” —The Expository Times
“An excellent collection of newly introduced and translated texts into a modern language.” —Review of Biblical Literature
“This book will be useful for historians and theologians interested in popular Christianity across the centuries and for scholars interested in the reception of New Testament characters in diverse types of Christianity.” —Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
“The breadth of documents presented coupled with the quality of scholarship with which they are handled makes this book an indispensable resource for the study of early Christian literature.” —Religious Studies Review
“Promises to become a standard work in the field for many years to come.” —Southwestern Journal of Theology
“Magnificent. . . . The thirty writings brought together here present a fascinating snapshot of the concerns, interests, and piety of various early believers expressed in the form of literary texts. This volume will become a standard work in the field; serious scholars of early Christianity and interested readers will learn much while being entertained and captivated by these enigmatic ancient texts.” —Paul Foster University of Edinburgh
“A treasure trove of early Christian writings dating from the second century onward. . . . Many of the texts introduced and translated here are being made available to us for the first time. A must-have collection.” —April D. DeConick Rice University
“A rigorous but highly accessible volume that will long prove to be a scholarly vade mecum.” —Bart D. Ehrman University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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