×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

The Secret Gospels: A Harmony of Apocryphal Jesus Traditions
     

The Secret Gospels: A Harmony of Apocryphal Jesus Traditions

by R. Joseph Hoffmann (Editor)
 

This book brings together, for the first time in a consecutive narrative, the major apocryphal sources of the Jesus tradition. Composed between the 2nd and 7th centuries, these "secret gospels" were influencial in shaping Christian belief and doctrine for well over 1,000 years. They include stories of the birth of Jesus, his "lost" years as a boy in Nazareth, the

Overview

This book brings together, for the first time in a consecutive narrative, the major apocryphal sources of the Jesus tradition. Composed between the 2nd and 7th centuries, these "secret gospels" were influencial in shaping Christian belief and doctrine for well over 1,000 years. They include stories of the birth of Jesus, his "lost" years as a boy in Nazareth, the wanderings of the holy family, the death of Joseph, and the ascension of the Virgin Mary into heaven. Translated and harmonized by R. Joseph Hoffmann, a specialist in early church history, these sources offer an unparalleled view of the devotional life and legend-making skills of the Christian Church. They also provide important insight into the making of the New Testament canon and raise significant questions about the way in which belief in the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth developed.

This comprehensive introduction to the apocryphal tradition is essential reading for anyone interested in the life and thought of the formative period of Christian belief. Enhanced by Hoffmann's running notes and commentary, this impressive work includes a supplement on the apocryphal Jesus tradition in Islam as well as long-unavailable sources from the Eastern Coptic-Egyptian and Arab-Christian traditions.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A collection of the major apocryphal "secret gospels" composed between the 2nd and 7th centuries and rejected by the Catholic canon, including information on previously unavailable sources from Eastern, Coptic, and Arab-Christian traditions. Hoffmann (lecturer and research fellow, Westminster College, Oxford) translates and provides some commentary on the unknown stories of Christ's birth, his boyhood in Nazareth, Joseph's death, and Mary's ascension. Characterized as stories for the "common" people, these writings raise questions about the Catholic church's selective theology and the manner in which significant questions around belief developed. Lacks a bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573920698
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Westminster College - Oxford Series
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

R. Joseph Hoffmann (Oxford, England) is Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at Westminster College, Oxford. His published works include What the Bible Really Says, Jesus in History and Myth,and Biblical versus Secular Ethics.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews