The Apocryphal Gospels

Simon J. Gathercole

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Penguin Books Ltd
1 April 2021
ISBN: 9780241340554
Paperback

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A new translation of the oldest non-canonical Christian gospels

In the early years of Christianity, several groups produced 'hidden' or 'apocryphal' gospels, alternative versions of the story of Christ. Sometimes these texts complemented the four canonical gospels of the New Testament, sometimes they subverted them and often they were completely different. Here, in the widest selection of non-canonical gospels gathered in one volume - which also includes two modern forgeries - we see the young Jesus making live birds from clay, hear his secret words of wisdom, discover gnostic cosmologies and witness the Harrowing of Hell. Preserved by their readers and attacked by their detractors, these gospels shine a fascinating light on the early Christian Church.

Translated with an Introduction by Simon Gathercole