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The Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church [Paperback]

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 1996
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0198263848  
EAN  9780198263845  

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When J.K. Elliott's magisterial edition of The Apocryphal New Testament was published in 1994, it was greeted with universal acclaim. An expanded and revised edition of M.R. James's classic Apocryphal New Testament, with all new translations, the book was hailed as "an essential work for students of the New Testament and related literature" by the Journal of Religion and and as "a fascinating source of information" by the Churchman. Now, Elliott has abridged that volume to create The Apocryphal Jesus. Designed for the general reader, clergy, and student, the book collects the most interesting of the early Christian texts about Jesus that didn't make the Bible, ranging from stories of his birth in a cave, his childhood escapades, and his secret sayings, to his descent to the underworld, the torments of Hell, Saint Paul baptizing a lion, the death of Pontius Pilate, and many others. Throughout, Elliott provides helpful introductions to each of the most important and significant of these texts, which have had a profound influence on art, literature, and theology from the second century through the Middle Ages and even into modern times. bizarre apocryphal texts.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! J. K. Elliott is Reader in Textual Criticism for the Department of Religious Studies and Theology at the University of Leeds. He also edited The Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation (OUP, 1994).

J. K. Elliott was born in 1943 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Leeds.

J. K. Elliott has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Society for New Testament Studies in Monograph
  2. Society for New Testament Studies Monograph

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Boring  Apr 24, 2004
While some of the stories do tend to be moderately entertaining, this book consists mainly of nice safe stories that are often simply speculation on (and expansion of) stories found in the canonized New Testament. Even the Gospel of Thomas is reduced down to sayings that can pretty much be found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The author/editor goes to lengths to avoid anything Gnostic or otherwise "heretical" and always warns the reader if something that comes close to that category will be mentioned. Basically it is just clean and friendly reading for the cautiously rebellious Christian. No worries of burning in hell for reading this one. In fact, you might as well just read the New Testament again.
The one slightly redeeming quality, which was likely not intended, is that it allows the reader to see where the roots of much anti-Semitism and persecution of all non-Christian thought has it's origin. More than a few of the stories harp on how evil Jews are or how stupid Pagans are.
Colourful and entertaining  Feb 12, 1998
The Apocryphal Jesus is a wonderful and colourful collection of stories gleaned around the early Church. I found much that I hadn't come across before. If it were only for this it would be worth buying, but it is more. Elliott has done a masterful job in clearly presenting the stories against their contemporary settings. However, after reading the wonderful and revelatory account of "The Autobiography of Jesus of Nazareth and the Missing Years" by Richard G. Patton I now view most 'authenticated' offerings around the man we know as Jesus with a degree of skepticism. Elliott's "Apocryphal Jesus" is a colorful delight but is up against the wonderful and profound offering by Richard G. Patton.

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