Why I Study the Christian Apocrypha

I have been working recently on an introduction to a book on the Christian Apocrypha aimed at a popular audience. The introduction contains a short autobiographical section on what attracted me to study the Christian Apocrypha. I thought it might be of some interest to readers of Apocryphicity. Why am I such an advocate for the Christian Apocrypha? Have I been “burned…by orthodox Christianity” as Ben Witherington suggests (in The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci [Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2004], p. 172-174, and What Have They Done With Jesus? Beyond Strange Theories and […]

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Recommended Reading: Forgotten Scriptures

Acadia Divinity College's Lee Martin MacDonald, author of The Biblical Canon: Its Origin, Transmission, and Authority (1995; 2nd ed. Hendrickson, 2007) and co-editor of The Canon Debate (Hendrickson 2002), has recently released Forgotten Scriptures: The Selection and Rejection of Early Religious Writings (WJK 2009).The title is somewhat misleading–it reads as if it is a collection of apocryphal texts, when in reality it is a study of the canon selection process for the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. MacDonald is a true expert on this topic and what he has to say is an excellent corrective to the anti-CA apologists […]

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A Collection of Modern Apocrypha

We spend so much of our time studying ancient or medieval apocrypha that we neglect the modern apocrypha in our midst. Fortunately, many of these texts are collected in Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp's American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings (Penguin, 2010). Included here are excerpts from the Book of Mormon, Thomas Jefferson's Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, The Occult Life of Jesus of Nazareth,The Rise and progress of the Kingdoms of Light and Darkness, The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan, The Woman's Bible, The Unknown Life of Christ, the Autobiography of Jesus of Nazareth,The Archko Volume, The […]

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