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Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha

by Brannan, Rick

Lexham Press 2013

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Overview

The documents in this resource are primary sources that show the religious context around the early church. Written after the ministry of Christ and the apostles, these collections of writings are not considered to be divinely inspired and were considered by many early Christians to be heretical. These writings were never included in a Bible but were used by some heretical groups. They are useful in tracing the history of non-Christian understandings of Jesus and the teachings of the apostles.

Lexham Press is pleased to present the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha. It includes the Greek text—with automated morphology—of several apocryphal gospels in Greek (Infancy, Passion, and Post-Resurrection), papyrus fragments, and a small collection of agrapha. Introductions, bibliographies, and the English translation for each gospel are provided.

Logos Bible Software has all the resources you need for studying the apocryphal gospels in Greek. The Logos edition of the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha provides an easy way to study these writings side by side with your other apocryphal resources like M. R. James’ The Apocryphal New Testament. Double-click any word and your preferred lexicon will automatically open to the exact entry! Whether your interest is simple cultural study or in-depth genre studies, the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha will help you study these texts.

Key Features

  • English translation of fragments and agrapha
  • Greek text of the Apocryphal gospels, fragments, and agrapha
  • Automated morphology
  • Freshly-written introductions and bibliographies

Contents

  • Infancy Gospels
    • The Protevangelium of James
    • The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
  • Passion Gospels
    • The Gospel of Peter, consisting of P.Cair 10759, P.Oxy 4009, and P.Oxy 2949
    • The Gospel of Thomas (Greek Fragments), consisting of P.Oxy 654, P.Oxy 655, and P.Oxy 1
    • The Gospel of Nicodemus (Acts of Pilate) and the Descent of Christ to Hell
  • Post-Resurrection Gospels
    • The Gospel of Mary, consisting of P.Ryl 3.463 and P.Oxy 3525
  • Fragments
    • Dura Parchment 24
    • P.Berol. 11710
    • P.Cairo 10735
    • P.Egerton 2 (+ P.Köln 255)
    • P.Merton 51
    • P.Oxy 210
    • P.Oxy 840
    • P.Oxy. 1224
    • P.Oxy 5072
    • P.Vindobonensis G. 2325 (Fayum Gospel Fragment)
  • Agrapha
    • Sayings in the Canonical New Testament outside of Gospels
      • Ac 20.35
      • 1Co 7.10–11
      • 1Co 9.14
      • 1Co 11.23–25
      • 2Co 12.8–9
      • 1Th 4.15–17
    • Sayings in Additions to New Testament MSS
      • Mt 20.28, Bezae
      • Mk 9.49, Bezae
      • Mk 16.14, Washingtonianus (the “Freer Logion”)
      • Lu 6.4, Bezae
      • Lu 10.16, Bezae
      • Jn 8.7; 10–11, Bezae
    • Sayings in the Apostolic Fathers
      • Barn 7.11
      • 1Cl 13.2
      • 2Cl 3.2
      • 2Cl 4.2
      • 2Cl 4.5
      • 2Cl 5.2–4
      • 2Cl 8.5
      • 2Cl 12.2–6
      • 2Cl 13.2
      • 2Cl 13.4
    • Sayings in Justin Martyr
      • Dialogue with Trypho 35.3
      • Dialogue with Trypho 47.5

Praise for the Print Edition

This work is a very valuable contribution that goes beyond previous lists of sayings and publications of only the English gospels. Rick’s brief but insightful comments about each of the sayings, variants, and gospels round out his work in a way that makes it accessible to both lay readers and scholars.

William C. Varner, professor of Bible and Greek, The Master’s College

Rick Brannan has taken the concept so brilliantly executed by Jeremias and improved it. High praise indeed I realize but completely justifiable—for in the soon to be released Logos edition titled Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha, Brannan offers the Greek texts of the ‘sayings of Jesus’ which are found outside the Gospels (in the letters of Paul and other New Testament texts along with extracanonical early Christian literature) along with introductions and translations. He also provides the more important ‘gospels’ which didn’t make the canonical cut, again in both the original Greek editions and in translation.

Jim West, adjunct professor of biblical studies, Quartz Hill School of Theology

In his latest contribution to the study of early Christian literature, Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha, Rick Brannan places pseudepigraphal gospels, agrapha, and fragments in their due place, allowing the scholar quick access to a world that could reshape some of our understanding of early Christian theological and literary development.

—Joel L. Watts, author, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: An Introduction and Commentary

Rick Brannan’s edition of the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha for Logos offers an important new resource that anyone interested in the early history of Christianity will want to have. . . . I expect this exciting resource will play an important role not only in providing more convenient access for scholars and students already in the habit of studying these texts, but in introducing a wider audience to them as well. Many thanks to Rick Brannan and Logos for their role in not merely providing a useful tool for the already-interested, but also helping to highlight these important texts and make them accessible to others who might not otherwise encounter them or realize their importance for our understanding of the ancient church!

—James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language & Literature, Butler University

The Apocryphal Gospels are significant for what they tell us about the Gospel tradition and Christian origins. These two books on Apocryphal Gospels by Rick Brannan are a great pair of resources for anyone who wants immediate access to reliable texts, translations, and introductions on their PC or tablet of non-canonical Jesus literature.

Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology and New Testament, Crossway College, Brisbane, Australia

The apocryphal Gospels are crucial for a thorough comprehension of Christian origins, especially historical and theological trajectories into the second century and beyond. Brannan assembles an impressive collection of apocryphal Jesus tradition in Greek and English which not only provides us with new editions of the usual suspects, but also spans significant fragmentary papyrological documents as well. Unique search capabilities enable linguistic analysis for some of the literally closest material we have to the canonical Gospels due to the digital format of these texts. Highly recommended for anyone interested in serious study of early Christianity and its literature.

Andrew W. Pitts, adjunct professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha
  • Editor: Rick Brannan
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2012

About Rick Brannan

Rick Brannan is Information Architect for Logos Bible Software. In his role at Logos, he is responsible for linguistic databases of the Greek New Testament, the Septuagint, and other Greek writings of the Hellenistic era. He is also Product Manager for the Lexham English Bible and the Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Rick has edited multiple works including The New International Version English-Greek Reverse Interlinear of the New Testament, The Lexham English Bible English-Greek Reverse Interlinear of the New Testament, and An English-Greek Reverse Interlinear of the Apostolic Fathers. He also translated the Greek portions of the writings of the Apostolic Fathers for The Apostolic Fathers Greek-English Interlinear. He resides in Bellingham with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Ella.