The Apocryphal Jesus
Legends of the Early Church
Edited by J. K. Elliott
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Apocryphal Jesus by J. K. Elliott
Book DescriptionThis accessible selection of the most important and significant of the remarkable and often bizarre apocryphal stories surrounding the life of Jesus and the Early Church has established a reputation as an invaluable introduction to the genre of Christian apocryphal literature. J. K. Elliott clearly explains the scholarly importance of the genre and introduces each section of texts with reference to biblical texts and later church history. Stories found in this selection include Jesus' birth in a cave, his childhood escapades, his secret sayings, and his descent to the underworld; the torments in Hell; Saint Paul baptizing a lion; the death of Pontius Pilate and Saint Peter being crucified upside down. These all come from early Christian legends which did not get into the Bible, yet have had a profound influence on art, literature, and theology from the second century through the Middle Ages and even modern times. Some of the stories included here, especially those involving the Virgin Mary, have affected matters of doctrine; others have influenced the church's teaching on the after life, whilst from the apocryphal Acts there are some of the best examples of accounts of the lives of Christianity's earliest saints.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199544028
(214mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. K. Elliott
Essays and Studies in New Testament Textual Criticism, Hardback (January 2015)
Numerous variations in the manuscripts of the New Testament mean that differences occur in printed editions of the Greek and consequently in the way scholars, theologians and translators interpret the scriptures. Textual criticism is thus a vital discipline in assisting those who read, study and edit the New Testament.
Apocryphal New Testament, Paperback (October 2005)
The Apocryphal New Testament includes new translations of the most significant and famous of the non-canonical Christian works. These apocryphal texts reveal the popular legends of Christians after the New Testament era, and throw light on the origins of many later beliefs and practices.
Bibliography of Greek New Testament Manuscripts, Paperback (August 2005)» View all books by J. K. Elliott
This book, first published in 2000, is the main bibliographical listing of Greek New Testament manuscripts.
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Author Biography - J. K. Elliott
Edited by J. K. Elliott, University of Leeds.
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