Alternative Lives of Jesus: Noncanonical Accounts Through the Early Middle Ages

Alternative Lives of Jesus: Noncanonical Accounts Through the Early Middle Ages

by Roland H. Worth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786415819

ISBN-13: 9780786415816

Pub. Date: 06/03/2003

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

There is a body of religious literature, most of which was written centuries after the New Testament, that attempts to provide supplemental or alternative accounts of the life of Jesus Christ. The most exhaustive surviving alternative versions to the New Testament come from orthodox circles and are often creative "imaginings" that try to fill holes in the canonical

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Overview

There is a body of religious literature, most of which was written centuries after the New Testament, that attempts to provide supplemental or alternative accounts of the life of Jesus Christ. The most exhaustive surviving alternative versions to the New Testament come from orthodox circles and are often creative "imaginings" that try to fill holes in the canonical gospel accounts of Jesus' life.

This work investigates the origins and nature of noncanonical retellings in detail—both orthodox and heretical as well as Roman and traditionalist Jewish ones. Extensive summaries of the text as well as substantial verbatim extracts of key incidents and assertions are provided to give the reader a "feel" for the character and intents of the various sources. A concise introduction to a much neglected area of Bible-related study that should be of potential use to students of Biblical literature, comparative religion, and early medieval thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786415816
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
06/03/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Preface1
Introduction3
1Detailed Surviving Gospels11
2Fragmentary Surviving Gospels36
3Surviving "Acts" and Other Documents47
4Mary and Joseph Before Jesus' Birth53
5Birth of Jesus68
6Egyptian Exile80
7Youthful Years in Palestine93
8Jesus' Adult Life and Teaching Ministry124
9Betrayal, Arrest, and Trial144
10Triumph Over Death157
Notes171
Bibliography185
Index193

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