Ancient Apocryphal Gospels

by Markus Bockmuehl (Author) }


Ancient Apocryphal Gospels

Format: Hardcover

Vendor: Westminster John Knox Pre

Publication Date: January 12, 2017

ISBN: 0664235891

ISBN-13: 9780664235895

Number of Pages: 336

Weight: 1.41 lb

Dimensions: 9 × 6 (inches)

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In this reader-friendly guide, Markus Bockmuehl offers a sympathetic account of the ancient apocryphal Gospel writings, showing their place within the reception history and formation of what was to become the canonical fourfold Gospel. Bockmuehl begins by helping readers understand the early history behind these noncanonical Gospels before going on to examine dozens of specific apocryphal texts. He explores the complex oral and intertextual relationships between the noncanonical and canonical Gospels, maintaining that it is legitimate and instructive to read the apocryphal writings as an engagement with the person of Jesus that both presupposes and supplements the canonical narrative outline. Appropriate for pastors and nonspecialists, this work offers a fuller understanding of these writings and their significance for biblical interpretation in the church.

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