• Markus Bockmuehl, Ancient Apocryphal Gospels. Louisville.: Westminster John Knox, 2017

    Author(s):
    Phillip Long (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Biblical studies, Christian Apocryphal Literature, New Testament
    Item Type:
    Book review
    Tag(s):
    Apocryphal Acts, biblical studies, Christianity
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6P10P
    Abstract:
    This new contribution to the Interpretation Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Early Church limits itself to apocryphal Gospels. Bockmuehl states in his introductory chapter his approach is both accessible and nonsensational (29), in contrast other recent books which describe this literature as suppressed by the establishment and containing secrets threatening the very fabric of institutionalized Christianity. As Bockmuehl states, it is remarkable that none of these Gospel-like texts provide an alternative narrative to the canonical Gospels. Nor were they suppressed from the canon, they were never part of any canon in the first place (228). In fact, he concludes that on a minority of the texts surveyed in this introduction intended to explicitly subvert or displace the fourfold canonical Gospels (233) and they do not appear to have been widely read (235). This is a reasonable and judicious assessment of the apocryphal gospels.
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