The History of The Thirty Pieces of Silver Given to Judas

As mentioned in the previous post, Bernard Outtier published in 1999 an expanded version of the Abgar Correspondence from an Armenian manuscript ("Une forme enrichie de la Légende d’Abgar en arménien" from Apocryphes arménians. This form of the text features The History of The Thirty Pieces of Silver Given to Judas, a text mentioned in a previous post. This short narrative is found also in Syriac, Garshuni, and Latin versions, though I do not as yet know how, or if, they differ from the Armenian version. Excerpted below is Outtier's French translation of the text with my English translation from […]

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Armenian Apocrypha

While at the AELAC meeting in Dole I picked up a book on Armenian Apocrypha (Calzolari Bouvier, V., J-D. Kaestli, and B. Outtier, eds. Apocryphes arménians: Transmission, traduction, création, iconographie. Actes du colloque international sur la literature apocryphe en langue arménienne [Genève, 18-20 septembre 1997]. PIRSB 1. Lausanne 1999). The book contains some interesting essays. Here is the table of contents: V. Calzolari Bouvier, “En guise d’introduction: quelques réflexions sur le role de la literature apocryphe dans l’Arménie chrètienne ancienne (9-18) M. E. Stone, “Two Armenian Manuscripts and the Historia sacra” (21-36) A. Orengo, “Frammenti di testi apocrifi nei primi […]

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Christian Apocrypha Sessions SBL 2008

The program for this year’s Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature is now available on-line. Here are the sessions and papers related to the Christian Apocrypha: Christian Apocrypha 11/23/2008 ~ 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Theme: The Latest Publications in Christian Apocrypha: Gospel of Mary and Gospel Fragments Karen King, Harvard University, Presiding (5 min) Andrew Gregory, Oxford University The Oxford Early Christian Gospel Texts (15 min) Critical Review of Christopher Tuckett, The Gospel of Mary (Oxford University Press) Esther A. de Boer, Protestant Theological University Kampen, Panelist (20 min) Ann Graham Brock, Iliff School of Theology, Panelist […]

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Apocrypha Vol. 17

The latest volume of the annual journal Apocrypha was released just a few months ago. I picked up a copy at the l’AELAC conference. Here are the contents (previous years contents can be found on the l’AELAC web site HERE): “Un fragment grec inédit des Actes de Pierre” by François Bovon and Bertrand Bouvier (9-54) “Semiotik Intertextualität Apokryphität: Eine Annäherung an den Begriff ‘christlicher Apokryphen” by Tobias Nicklas (55-78) “Les Enseignements de Sylvanos et la parole tranchante. Jeux de mots et assonances plurilinguistiques” by Michèle Broze (79-86) “Was the Gospel of Philip written in Syria?” by Bas van Os (87-94) […]

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Bock and Wallace on Religious Intolerance in the Academy

I have been rereading Darrell L. Bock and Daniel B. Wallace’s Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture’s Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007) for a paper I am writing. I was struck by one statement in particular: “Certain narrow perspectives reign on many campuses almost without any expression of alternate viewpoints. What makes this a scandal is that educational universities, especially state universities, are supposed to be places where intellectual perspectives held by the full array of the populace represented by the schools are weighed. These public schools should not be think tanks of a singular point […]

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Life of Mary in two Altarpieces

While in Paris last week, I visited the Musée National du Moyen Age. The museum is situated in the Latin Quarter of Paris, combining two earlier buildings: Gallo-Roman baths (1st-3rd cent.) and the former residence of the abbots of Cluny (15th cent.). The museum itself was founded in 1843 and contains works of art assembled by Alexandre Du Sommerard. I found two pieces particularly interesting: A 14th cent. altar front with scenes of the life of Mary (including her education by her mother Anna), and a tryptich of the Assumption of the Virgin from the 16th cent.       […]

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Réunion annuelle de l’AELAC 2008: A Report

This year’s AELAC (Association pour l’étude de la literature apocryphe chrétienne) réunion took place in Dole, France June 26-28. The association was formed by French and Swiss scholars in 1981 and is responsible for a well-regarded line of critical editions (Corpus Christianorum, Series Apocryphorum), the journal Apocrypha, the Pleiades Apocrypha Collection Études apocryphes chrétiens, and a series of French pocketbook editions of individual texts (La collection de poche apocryphes). The membership of the group has become increasingly international over the years and now includes scholars from across Europe, Russia, and North America. The annual meetings are wonderful opportunities to meet […]

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