For those interested in the study of non-canonical texts and traditions.
This article argues that the Gospel of Thomas was written in Alexandria, not in Eastern Syria as is the current consensus. The arguments in favor of a Syrian Gospel of Thomas are not as strong as is often assumed, and a stronger case can be made for Alexandria. The Gospel of Thomas has a number of features that suggest it was a product of the…[Read more]
Article on ancient biographical or autobiographical stories regarding journeys in pursuit of wisdom.
Philip Harland deposited “‘Do Not Deny Me This Noble Death’: Depictions of Violence in the Greek Novels and Apocryphal Acts.” in the group Christian Apocryphal Literature on Humanities Commons 2 years, 1 month ago
Article comparing representations of domestic, civic, and imperial violence in novels and in apocryphal acts.
Evina Steinova deposited The prehistory of the Latin Acts of Peter (BHL 6663) and the Latin Acts of Paul (BHL 6575). Some observations about the development of the Virtutes apostolorum in the group Christian Apocryphal Literature on Humanities Commons 3 years, 3 months ago
The extensive chains of excerpts from the Scriptures and other sources in two of the narratives prominent in the Virtutes apostolorum, the Acts of Peter (BHL 6663) and the Acts of Paul (BHL 6575) are studied in order to come to a clearer understanding of the origin of these Latin texts. The Virtutes apostolorum is an amalgam of textual material…[Read more]
There is a significant debate in Origenian scholarship today about the allegory/typology distinction. Some scholars accept the demarcation between these two forms of nonliteral scriptural interpretation, whereas others reject it. In this paper I seek to determine whether, or to what extent, the allegory/typology distinction is valid for study of…[Read more]
Eric Vanden Eykel deposited “Then Suddenly, Everything Resumed Its Course”: The Suspension of Time in the Protevangelium of James Reconsidered in the group Christian Apocryphal Literature on Humanities Commons 3 years, 5 months ago
The second-century Protevangelium of James contains an enigmatic scene that has fascinated readers for centuries: the stilling of the natural world at the birth of Jesus. Joseph describes the spectacle as he departs the cave in which Mary is laboring: “I looked up at the vault of the sky and saw it fixed. I saw the clouds paused in amazement, a…[Read more]
Tony Burke deposited The Syriac Tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas: A Critical Edition and English Translation in the group Christian Apocryphal Literature on Humanities Commons 3 years, 10 months ago
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas, like many apocryphal gospels, has been much transformed over the course of its transmission. Though composed in Greek in the second century, the gospel is extant in a number of other languages and a myriad of forms. The most well-known form is a 19-chapter version in Greek based on late manuscripts (none earlier than…[Read more]
Hugo Lundhaug deposited Hugo Lundhaug and Lance Jenott, The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices (STAC 97; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015) – Table of Contents in the group Christian Apocryphal Literature on Humanities Commons 3 years, 10 months ago
Hugo Lundhaug and Lance Jenott offer a sustained argument for the monastic provenance of the Nag Hammadi Codices. They examine the arguments for and against a monastic Sitz im Leben and defend the view that the Codices were produced and read by Christian monks, most likely Pachomians, in the fourth- and fifth-century monasteries of Upper Egypt.…[Read more]
Eric Vanden Eykel deposited “But Their Faces Were All Looking Up”: Author and Reader in the Protevangelium of James in the group Christian Apocryphal Literature on Humanities Commons 3 years, 11 months ago
This is a study about the Protevangelium of James (PJ), an “infancy gospel” that recounts the birth and childhood of Mary, the mother of Jesus. It is also a study about authors, readers, texts, meaning, and how they are interrelated. In it I aim to take seriously the insights of “intertextuality,” not as a matter of source criticism but as an…[Read more]
Tony Burke deposited Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions: Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha. (Introduction and Table of Contents). in the group Christian Apocryphal Literature on Humanities Commons 4 years ago
Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions examines the possible motivations behind the production of apocryphal Christian texts. Did the authors of Christian apocrypha intend to deceive others about the true origins of their writings? Did they do so in a way that is distinctly different from New Testament scriptural writings? What would phrases like…[Read more]
Tony Burke deposited Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier: The Christian Apocrypha in North American Perspectives. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2015 (Introduction and Table of Contents). in the group Christian Apocryphal Literature on Humanities Commons 4 years ago
“Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier: The Christian Apocrypha from North American Perspectives” features papers presented at the second York Christian Apocrypha Symposium held in September 2013 at York University in Toronto, Canada. The papers focus on what makes North American Christian Apocrypha scholarship unique, on what has come to def…[Read more]
This anthology of ancient nonbiblical Christian literature presents informed introductions to and readable translations of a wide range of little-known apocryphal texts, most of which have never before been translated into any modern language. An introduction to the volume as a whole addresses the most significant features of the writings included…[Read more]
In 1958, American historian of religion Morton Smith made an astounding discovery in the Mar Saba monastery in Jerusalem. Copied into the back of a seventeenth-century book was a lost letter attributed to Clement of Alexandria (ca. 150-215 CE) that contained excerpts from a longer version of the Gospel of Mark written by Mark himself and…[Read more]
The image of Mary spinning thread in the group icon is from the late-seventeenth century Walters Ms. 36.10 (a Gondarine sensul depicting a number of scenes from the Protevangelium of James).