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Classic Studies on the New Testament Apocrypha (12 vols.)
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Overview

In this collection, significant nineteenth-century scholars such as Henry Barclay Swete, J. Rendel Harris, and William Wright expound upon Apocryphal texts that illuminate those areas of Jesus’ life on which the canonical New Testament is silent. Written from a variety of perspectives—archaeological, theological, and historical—Classic Studies on the New Testament Apocrypha offers insight into the debates around topics such as the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of the Infancy, the Akhmîm fragment, the Gospel of Peter, and more. With arguments for and against acceptance of the texts, and commentary on which contain gems of truth, this is an ideal collection for any student of the Word.

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Key Features

  • A variety of perspectives on New Testament Apocrypha from the nineteenth century
  • Commentaries on gospels relating to Mary, the infancy of Jesus, and more
  • Archaeological and linguistic details on the Akhmîm fragment and other Apocryphal texts

Individual Titles

The Life of Jesus according to Extra-Canonical Sources

  • Author: Bernhard Pick
  • Publisher: John B. Alden
  • Publication Date: 1887
  • Pages: 194

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In The Life of Jesus according to Extra-Canonical Sources, Bernhard Pick draws from the Apocryphal gospels of the New Testament to present details about periods in the life of Jesus that are left out of the canonical New Testament. This volume discusses 12 Apocryphal gospels, ranging from the history of Mary and Joseph to a letter from Pilate to the emperor with an account of Christ’s resurrection.

Bernhard Pick (1842–1917) studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He was a German-American Lutheran pastor and scholar who wrote many articles for various encyclopaedias and indexes. He also wrote several books, including Hymns and Poetry of the Eastern Church and The Cabala: Its Influence on Judaism and Christianity.

The Newly Recovered Gospel of St. Peter

  • Author: J. Rendel Harris
  • Publisher: James Pott & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 87

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In The Newly Recovered Gospel of St. Peter, J. Rendel Harris gives an account of the discovery of a gospel attributed to St. Peter in a format that can be followed by the lay reader. He discusses new discoveries at the time, including biblical and patristic discoveries, documents from Akhmîm, the docetic Gospel of Peter, the extant text of the new Gospel, its sources, and more.

J. Rendel Harris (1852–1941) was educated at Clare College, Cambridge, before becoming professor of New Testament Greek at Johns Hopkins University and at Haverford College. Harris then taught theology at Leiden University. He spent much of his career in the Near East, collecting and translating rare manuscripts.

The Gospel according to Peter and the Revelation of Peter

  • Authors: J. Armitage Robinson and Montague Rhodes James
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 107

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The Gospel according to Peter and the Revelation of Peter consists of two lectures given by J. Armitage Robinson and Montague Rhodes James at Christ’s College three days after the exhibition of the then–newly discovered fragments of both the Gospel and the Revelation of Peter. This volume also includes the Greek text of both.

J. Armitage Robinson (1858–1933) studied at Christ’s College at Cambridge, and was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1882. He served as dean of Westminster Abbey from 1902 to 1911 and of Wells from 1911 to 1933. His works include St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians and The Saxon Bishops of Wells.

Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936) was educated at King’s College, Cambridge, where he would later become provost. He also served as the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. His many works include Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges: 2 Peter and Jude and The Apocryphal New Testament: Being the Apocryphal Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Apocalypses.

The Akhmîm Fragment of the Apocryphal Gospel of St. Peter

  • Author: Henry Barclay Swete
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 99

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Henry Barclay Swete originally wrote The Akhmîm Fragment of the Apocryphal Gospel of St. Peter for the use of students and later expanded it for the general scholar. Swete describes the Petrine manuscript, analyzes its literary character, details doctrinal tendencies, and compares it to other Apocrypha. He also examines the use of a harmony and allusions to the Old Testament, and includes the Greek text and a translation.

Henry Barclay Swete (1835-1917) was an Anglican scholar. Theological professor in London (1882–90) and Cambridge (1890–1915), he published works on the Old and New Testament and on Christian doctrine. Though he espoused modern critical methods in biblical studies, he respected those who reached different conclusions from his own. He occasionally leaned toward conservatism: on some of the Johannine discourses, for example, and on miracles. He edited various Greek texts, including the LXX, stimulated his students to undertake serious research, and founded the prestigious Journal of Theological Studies (1899). His work in The Holy Spirit in the Ancient Church (1912) was long used as a standard textbook. He was the chief architect of the work known popularly as Cambridge Theological Questions (1905), a symposium written by leading scholars of the day. A sequel, Cambridge Biblical Questions, followed in 1909. In it, Swete rejected the suggestion that the spread of knowledge would shake the credit of the Bible in the public estimation.

The Apocryphal and Legendary Life of Christ

  • Author: James deQuincey Donehoo
  • Publisher: The Macmillan Company
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 598

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The Apocryphal and Legendary Life of Christ presents the entire body of Apocryphal Gospels and extra-canonical text in a continuous narrative form, with notes, scriptural references, and observations. The goal of this work was to make the entire Apocrypha accessible to the English reader in a comprehensive format and thus present a “few golden grains” of previously unknown details about Christ found therein.

James deQuincey Donehoo was rector of Grace Church, Monroe, and wrote The Apocryphal and Legendary Life of Christ.

The Gospel according to Peter: A Study

  • Author: Walter Richard Cassels
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1894
  • Pages: 181

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This volume reviews matters pertaining to the Gospel of Peter, including the fragment of Akhmîm, the Letter of Serapion, Justin Martyr and the Memoirs of Peter, the Epistle of Barnabas, the Diatessaron of Tatian, and more. It also discusses the text of the fragment, its age, and its relation to the canonical Gospels and the prophetic gnosis.

Walter Richard Cassels (1826–1907) was an expert on early Christianity and is considered to be the author of the anonymous work Supernatural Religion.

Apocryphal Gospels and Other Documents relating to the History of Christ

  • Author: B. Harris Cowper
  • Edition: 4th
  • Publisher: Frederic Norgate
  • Publication Date: 1874
  • Pages: 460

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B. Harris Cowper presents the Apocryphal Gospels and Other Documents relating to the History of Christ as a set of documents that are useful and interesting, but cautions that they “are fictions and not histories; not traditions even, so much as legends.” He covers the Gospel of James, the Infancy of Mary and of Jesus, the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary, the history of Joseph, the Gospel of Thomas, the Arabic Gospel of the Infancy, the Letter of Abgar to Jesus, and of Jesus to Agbar, the Letter of Lentulus, the Prayer of Jesus, the Story of Veronica, the Gospel of Nicodemus, the Letters of Herod, Pilate, and Caesar, the Report of Pilate to the Governor, the Trial and Condemnation of Pilate, Pilate’s Death, the Story of Joseph of Arimathea, and the Revenging of the Savior.

B. Harris Cowper was an early-church historian, archaeologist, and translator. He is credited with discovering Loughton Camp, an Iron Age hill fort in England which dates to BC 500, and he translated John Chrysostom’s On the Priesthood.

Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, vol. 1: The Syriac Texts

  • Author: William Wright
  • Publisher: Williams and Norgate
  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 376

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This volume of the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles presents text edited from Syriac manuscripts by William Wright. It contains the history of St. John at Ephesus, the death of St. John, the history of St. Philip, the Acts of St. Matthew and St. Andrew, the history of St. Paul and Thecla, and the Acts of St. Thomas.

William Wright (1830–1889) was a famed British Orientalist and professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge. His authored and edited works include Short History of Syriac Literature and Lectures on the Comparative Grammar of the Semitic Languages.

Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, vol. 2: English Translations

  • Author: William Wright
  • Publisher: Williams and Norgate
  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 317

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This volume contains William Wright’s English translations from Syriac of the history of St. John at Ephesus, the decease of St. John, the history of St. Philip, the Acts of St. Matthew and St. Andrew, the history of St. Paul and Thecla, and the Acts of St. Thomas.

The Genuine and Apocryphal Gospels Compared

  • Author: Samuel Butler
  • Publisher: William Eddowes
  • Publication Date: 1822
  • Pages: 41

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This volume contains a challenge delivered to the clerics of Derby by their archdeacon, Samuel Butler, in which he presents two arguments. First, Butler discusses the manner in which the books of the New Testament were collected, and second, he compares the genuine Gospels and the Apocryphal Gospels.

Samuel Butler (1774–1839) attended St. John’s College, Cambridge, and became headmaster of Shrewsbury school in 1798. He became a clergyman and was appointed archdeacon of Derby in 1822, while retaining his headmastership of Shrewsbury. In 1836, he became bishop of Lichfield. He was a scholar of the classics and published an edition of Aeschylus, as well as a Sketch of Modern and Ancient Geography, which was used as a textbook.

The Forbidden Books of the Original New Testament of Jesus Christ

  • Author: William Wake
  • Publisher: E. Hancock & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1863
  • Pages: 226

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This volume contains books forbidden by the bishops of the Nicene Council during the reign of Constantine, translated into English. William Wake strongly opposed what he termed the “pious fraud” of the Nicene Council and the “mutilating of the New Testament.” He believed that every man had the right to form his own judgment of the texts, and in this volume, he highlights the controversial Gospel of Mary, and includes 24 others, such as Protevangelion; Clement I and II; Hermas I, II, and III; and the origin of the Apostles’ Creed.

William Wake (1657–1737) attended Christ Church, Oxford and became a priest in the Church of England. He held several posts as a clergyman, and was appointed dean of Exeter in 1703. He became bishop of Lincoln in 1705, and appointed archbishop of Canterbury in 1716—a position he held until his death in 1737. He is the author of State of the Church and Clergy of England . . . Historically Deduced.

The Oxyrhynchus Logia and the Apocryphal Gospels

  • Author: C. Taylor
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Pages: 113

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In this volume, Rev. Charles Taylor expounds on a leaflet of papyrus that was discovered in Egypt, which became known as the Logia of Jesus. Some consider this text to be connected to the lost Gospels. Taylor also addresses the Apocryphal Gospels, especially the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of the Infancy. This work is based on a lecture that Taylor delivered at Mansfield College, Oxford.

C. Taylor (1840–1908) was educated at King’s College, London, and St. John’s College, Cambridge. His numerous works include Sayings of the Jewish Fathers, The Wisdom of Ben Sira, and Essay on the Theology of the Didache.

Product Details

  • Title: Classic Studies on the New Testament Apocrypha
  • Volumes: 12
  • Pages: 2,799