The short article I wrote for the JBL Forum a few years ago entitled "Heresy Hunting in the New Millennium" (read it HERE and some reactions and discussion HERE) has now appeared in its original longer form in the latest volume of the journal Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses (contents and abstracts available HERE).
Mark Bilby (University of Virginia) pointed out to me this edition by Sebastian Brock of a fifth-century Syriac poem entitled The Dispute Between the Cherub and the Thief. The poem is related to the Decensus traditions in which the one good thief of Luke 23: 39-43 attempts to enter Paradise.
The Infancy Gospels Research Program is hosting three conferences in Switzerland this fall. You can check out the program HERE. The events feature surprisingly few North American scholars and also little on apocryphal texts (though see the final day, which features papers by Sever Voicu and Jean-Daniel Kaestli among others).
I have just added this text to the More Christian Apocrypha page on my main site (www.tonyburke.ca). It's a curious text, as it reports some events of John's life and death differently from other Baptist-related texts and traditions. Here Herod's wife is named Polias (Paula?) and Elizabeth does not die in John's youth, but remains alive to bury her son along with Zechariah, whose body, which went missing after his death according to the Protoevangelium of James, reappears late in the narrative. It is appropriate to be adding this text to the page after the news reports of the last […]
Jim Davila at Paleojudaica pointed out this review of Reidar Aasgaard's study of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas (The Childhood of Jesus: Decoding the Apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2009).
I have returned from my trip to the US to photograph a handful of Syriac manuscripts. The work went quite well, with only a few minor problems accessing the material. Here's a brief rundown of the trip. I arrived in New York City Sunday night. Princeton Theological Society was scheduled for one o'clock the following afternoon. So, after a short stroll through Central Park Monday morning, I headed off to Princeton. When I arrived, a fire alarm was going off in the library (due to construction) and I had to wait a little while for that to be resolved. I […]