Monthly Archives: November 2014

New Testament Apocrypha Course: Reflections on Week 10

This week marked our final look at Christian-authored apocrypha; our final class, in two weeks, focuses on anti-Christian apocrypha (the Toledot Yeshu and the Gospel of Barnabas) and modern anti-Christian apocrypha apologetic writers. But this week we looked at tales … Continue reading

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Christian Apocrypha at the 2014 SBL

Here is a quick rundown of the sessions and papers at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature focusing on Christian Apocrypha. I hope I found them all. See you in San Diego. Christian Apocrypha Section sessions: … Continue reading

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Translating Joseph and Aseneth: My Role in Jacobovici and Wilson’s “Lost Gospel”

Last Monday morning a story appeared in the press, first in England but very soon all around the world, about a “lost gospel” that contains evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had two children. You’ve probably heard … Continue reading

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New Testament Apocrypha Course: Reflections on Week Nine

The class began this week on a bit of a tangent. We discussed Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson’s controversial book The Lost Gospel, which had been mentioned in the news since the previous morning. It was somewhat appropriate for us … Continue reading

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“Lost Gospels” of the Nineteen Century

On Monday (November 10) I will be giving a talk at York University on so-called Modern Apocrypha. The presentation is based on a paper I will be presenting as part of the 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, “Fakes, Fictions, Forgeries: … Continue reading

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New Testament Apocrypha Course: Reflections on Week Eight

I began our first class on the apocryphal acts with a statement that the material typically does not excite students. Jesus appears very little in the texts and, let’s face it, the apocryphal acts are rather long and tedious. That … Continue reading

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Book Review: Christopher W. Skinner, What Are They Saying about the Gospel of Thomas?

Back in the summer, Christopher Skinner sent me a copy of his book, What Are They Saying About the Gospel of Thomas? (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2012). It is a slim book (around 120 pages), so it did not take … Continue reading

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