The Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church
  • The Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church
  • The Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church

The Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church

by J. K. Elliott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199544026

ISBN-13: 9780199544028

Pub. Date: 10/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press


This accessible selection of the most important and significant of the remarkable and often bizarre apocryphal stories surrounding the life of Jesus and the Early Church has established a reputation as an invaluable introduction to the genre of Christian apocryphal literature.

J. K. Elliott clearly explains the scholarly importance of the genre and introduces

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This accessible selection of the most important and significant of the remarkable and often bizarre apocryphal stories surrounding the life of Jesus and the Early Church has established a reputation as an invaluable introduction to the genre of Christian apocryphal literature.

J. K. Elliott clearly explains the scholarly importance of the genre and introduces each section of texts with reference to biblical texts and later church history. Stories found in this selection include Jesus' birth in a cave, his childhood escapades, his secret sayings, and his descent to the underworld; the torments in Hell; Saint Paul baptizing a lion; the death of Pontius Pilate and Saint Peter being crucified upside down. These all come from early Christian legends which did not get into the Bible, yet have had a profound influence on art, literature, and theology from the second century through the Middle Ages and even modern times. Some of the stories included here, especially those involving the Virgin Mary, have affected matters of doctrine; others have influenced the church's teaching on the after life, whilst from the apocryphal Acts there are some of the best examples of accounts of the lives of Christianity's earliest saints.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199544028
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
AStories Relating To The Period Of The New Testament Gospels7
1Birth of Jesus9
2Childhood of Jesus19
3Jesus' Parents31
4The Ministry of Jesus51
5The Death and Resurrection of Jesus66
6Pilate89
7Jesus in the Underworld97
8Veronica109
9Zacharias112
BStories Relating To The Growth The Church115
10Peter117
11Paul130
12John147
13Thomas161
14Andrew175
CStories Relating To Life After Death187
15Heaven and Hell189
16The End Time205
Epilogue209
Index 1. Apocryphal Texts Cited213
Index 2. General Index214

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