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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL (11 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567033023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567033024
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,047,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The book presents one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date discussions of a range of texts that continue to be of interest to scholars and wider readers…fresh and stimulating.' --Theological Book Review, 2010

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Paul Foster is Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is author of Community, Law and Mission in Matthew's Gospel, Mohr Siebeck, 2004, and A Commentary on the So-called Gospel of Peter.

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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2011
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This is a valuable collection of essays by several writers, discussing a variety of apocryphal gospels. Many of these authors have published longer works on these gospels elsewhere, but as this introduction says, the book is intended as a stimulus to the reader for further investigation.

J.K. Elliot - "The non-canonical gospels and the New Testament apocrypha."

Considers the range of apocrypha and how they have influenced both Christian tradition and theology. See Elliot's The Apocryphal New Testament.

April D. DeConick - "The Gospel of Thomas"

DeConick sees the work as having gone through several stages of evolution, much like the posited sayings document Q, starting from an eschatological viewpoint and moving away from that with time as the expected end did not arrive, mutating to an encratic viewpoint serving the practices of communities in Eastern Syria. See DeConick's Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas and The Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation.

Paul Foster - "The Gospel of Peter"

Considers the relationship of this gospel to the canonical ones, and what this may show about gospel development.

Christopher M. Tuckett - "The Gospel of Mary"

Whilst giving us something of a glimpse into some early Christian groups, many of the claims made concerning this gospel cannot be justified.
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Dismas probably wasn't the good thief's name 4 May 2013
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I found this book fascinating but a little deep for me. I did get lost in some of the permutations used by the authors of the non-canonical gospels to get to their end product. They had to do a lot of twisting and turning and outright lying to make their point. All in all this is an excellent book for any serious student.
Helpful background of extra-canonical material 5 May 2013
By colormehappy91 - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for a college course on New Testament apocryphal books. This book didn't cover every text we looked at, but it provided helpful information about several texts.
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