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A rich and fascinating resource,
This review is from: The Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation (Paperback)
This is a great one-volume collection of early Christian writings that didn't make it into the New Testament. Largely an updating of Montague James' 1924 translations, Elliott's modern renderings are delightfully clear, and he's unearthed additional fragments not accessible to James. There's a rich variety here, from small fragments to works of novella length, as good for casual browsing as it is for more serious study. There are the infancy gospels, the (highly entertaining) apocryphal Acts, and a whole slew of early apocalypses. Some perhaps surprising omissions (the Gospel of Mary, for example), but overall this is a well organised tome, with different recensions clearly juxtaposed, and accompanying bibliographies. A good investment for anyone wanting to study these rich, if little mined, veins of early Christian thinking.