About

Tony Burke is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at York University in Toronto. He is the author of Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha (SPCK/Eerdmans, 2013), editor (with Brent Landau) of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (Eerdmans, 2016) and founding president of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature.

Education

Ph. D. (1995-2001) University of Toronto, Centre for the Study of Religion

MA. (1994-1995) Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Religion & Culture

BA. (1987-1990) Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Religion & Culture

Other Publications

1. Books

2017: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas in the Syriac Tradition. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press (Introduction and Table of Contents shared above).

2016: New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans (co-editor with Brent Landau and contributor). (Introduction and Table of Contents shared above)

2015: Rediscovering the Apocryphal Continent: New Perspectives on Early Christian and Late Antique Apocryphal Texts and Traditions. Edited by Pierluigi Piovanelli and Tony Burke. WUNT 349. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (co-editor with Pierluigi Piovanelli).

Reviews: Kimberly Fowler (Journal for the Study of the New Testament 38.5 [2016]: 121-22); Christopher Tucket (Journal of Theological Studies 67 [2016]: 261–63); Silke Petersen (Theologische Revue 113 [2017]: 32–33)

2014: The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2014 (with Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson).

2013: Secret Scriptures Revealed. A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha. London: SPCK and Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Reviews: Publishers Weekly (25/11/2013), Brandon Hawk’s Blog (17/2/2014), James McGrath on Patheos.com (27/2/2014); Christopher Skinner on Crux sola (09/06/2014); Paul Foster (Theology 117.2 [2014]: 124-25); Phillip J. Long on Reading Acts (3/14/2014); Garrett Trott (Catholic Library World, Jun 2014); Ecumenism (Summer, 2014); Bible Today (September 2014); Stephen Shoemaker (Choice, Dec. 2014); Julia Snyder (Review of Biblical Literature, 10/15/2015); Janet Spittler (Interpretation 70.1 [2016]: 112-13). Eerdmans catalog entry.

2013: Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery? The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate. Eugene, OR.: Cascade Books (editor and contributor). (Introduction and Table of Contents shared above)

Reviews: James McGrath (Review of Biblical Literature, 5/5/2015), Michael Kok (Expository Times 126 [2015]: 452-53), J. K. Elliott (Novum Testamentum 56 [2014]: 333-34), Régis Burnet (Apocrypha 24 [2013]: 291-93), Daniel Gullotta’s Blog (26/08/2015).

2010: De infantia Iesu euangelium Thomae graece. Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum 17. Turnhout: Brepols.

2. Journal Articles

2016: “What Do We Talk About When We Talk About the Nag Hammadi Library?” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 45.2: 33-37.

2016: “Two New Witnesses to the Acta Pilati Tradition.” Le Muséon 129: 251-78.

2016: “The Syriac Tradition of the Legend of the Thirty Pieces of Silver.” Hugoye: Journal for Syriac Studies 19.1: 35-121 (with Slavomír Céplö). Online.

2014: “Christmas Stories in Christian Apocrypha: The Birth of Jesus in the Apocryphal Gospels.” Bible History Daily. Online.

2013: “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas from an Unpublished Syriac Manuscript. Introduction, Text, Translation, and Notes.” Hugoye: Journal for Syriac Studies 16.2: 225-99. Online.

2012: “More Christian Apocrypha.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 41.3: 16-21.

2012: “Depictions of Children in the Apocryphal Infancy Gospels.” Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses 41:388-400.

2010   “Heresy Hunting in the New Millennium.” Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses 39: 405-420.

2008   “Heresy Hunting in the New Millennium.” SBL Forum (shortened version of 2010 SR/RS paper; Online).

2004: “The Greek Manuscript Tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” Apocrypha 14: 129-151.

2003: “’Social Viewing’ of Children in the Childhood Tales of Jesus.” Centre for the Study of Religion Colloquium Papers Vol. 3: Religion and the Child.

3. Essays

2016: “Introduction” and “Apocrypha and Forgeries: Lessons from the ‘Lost Gospels’ of the Nineteenth Century.” In Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions: Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha. Eugene, OR: Cascade (in press).

2016: “The Early Christian Apocrypha in Contemporary Theological Discourse” (441-57) and “The Early Christian Apocrypha in Popular Culture” (424-40). In Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha. Edited by Andrew Gregory and Christopher Tuckett. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2016: “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas (Syriac)” (52-68),  “The Acts of Cornelius” (with Witold Witakowski, 337-61), “The Legend of the Thirty Silver Pieces” (with Slavomir Céplö, 293-308). In New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures. Edited by Tony Burke and Brent Landau. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

2015: “Entering the Mainstream: Twenty-five Years of Research on the Christian Apocrypha.” In Rediscovering the Apocryphal Continent: New Perspectives on Early Christian and Late Antique Apocryphal Texts and Traditions. Edited by Pierluigi Piovanelli and Tony Burke. WUNT 349. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, pp. 19-47.

2014: “The New Testament and Other Early Christian Traditions in Serapion’s Life of John the Baptist.” In Christian Apocrypha: Receptions of the New Testament in Ancient Christian Apocrypha. Edited by Tobias Nicklas and Jean-Michel Roessli. Novum Testamentum Patristicum 26. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, pp. 281-99.

2013: “Introduction.” In Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery? The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, pp. 1-29.

2009: “‘Social Viewing’ of Children in the Childhood Stories of Jesus.” In Children in Ancient Christianity. Edited by Cornelia B. Horn and Robert R. Phenix. Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity, 58. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, pp. 29-43.

2008: “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” In The Non-Canonical Gospels. Edited by P. Foster. London: T & T Clark, pp. 126-138.

2008: “Completing the Gospel: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas as a Supplement to the Gospel of Luke.” In The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity. Proceedings of the Montréal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengeiser, 11-13 October 2006. Edited by L. DiTommaso and L. Turcescu. The Bible in Ancient Christianity. Leiden: E.J. Brill, pp. 102-119.

3. Book Reviews

2016: The Many Faces of Christ: The Thousand-Year Story of the Survival and Influence of the Lost Gospels, by Philip Jenkins. Catholic Historical Review 102.4: 820-21.

2016: The Ancient Martyrdom Accounts of Peter and Paul, by David L. Eastman. Catholic Biblical Review 78.4: 775-76.

2014: En marge du canon: Études sur les écrits apocryphes juifs et chrétiens, edited by André Gagné and Jean-Francois Racine. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 76.1: 179-80.

2014: The Acts of Peter, by Robert F. Stoops. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 76.3: 128-29.

2014: Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence, edited by Daniel B. Wallace. Biblical Theology Bulletin 44.2: 118-19.

2014: Forgery and Counterforgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics, by Bart D. Ehrman. Theology 117.2: 125-27.

2014: Infancy Gospels: Stories and Identities, edited by Claire Clivaz et al. Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org/BookDetail.asp?TitleId=8991].

2012: The Reliability of the New Testament. Bart D. Ehrman and Daniel B. Wallace in Dialogue, edited by Robert B. Stewart. Consensus 34. 1: art. 17.

2012: Unlocking the Secrets of the Gospel According to Thomas: A Radical Faith for a New Age by Charles W. Hedrick. Toronto Journal of Theology 28.2: 321.

2012: Secret Scrolls: Revelations from the Lost Gospel Novels, by Robert M. Price. Biblical Theology Bulletin 42: 218-219.

2010: The Childhood of Jesus: Decoding the Apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas by Reidar Aasgaard. Journal of Early Christian Studies 18.3: 470-471.

2009: Judas: The Definitive Collection of Gospels and Legends about the Infamous Apostle of Jesus by Marvin Meyer. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71.2: 412.

2009: The Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation, by April D. DeConick. Biblical Theology Bulletin 39: 109-110.

2006: The Birthing of the New Testament: The Intertextual Development of the New Testament Writings by Thomas L. Brodie. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 68: 756-758.

2005: Playing a Jewish Game: Gentile Christian Judaizing in the First and Second Centuries CE by Michele Murray. Toronto Journal of Theology 21: 256-257.

2004: Apocryphal Gospels: An Introduction by Hans-Josef Klauck. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66: 655-57.

2002: The Survivors of Israel: A Reconsideration of the Theology of Pre-Christian Judaism by Mark Adam Elliott. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 64: 572-77.

2002: L’évangile de l’enfance (Luc 1-2) selon le Proto-Luc by M. E. Boismard. Journal of Biblical Literature 119.2: 362-64.

1999: The Gospel of Thomas by Richard Valantasis. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 61:385-86.

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