Category Archives: 2014 New Testament Apocrypha Course

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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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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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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New Testament Apocrypha Course: Reflections on Week Seven

After a week off from lecturing (last week our class time was devoted to a research skills workshop), my New testament Apocrypha class resumed with part two of our look at Passion and Resurrection Gospels, focusing this time on apocalypses. … Continue reading

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New Testament Apocrypha Course: Reflections on Week Five

Our first of two classes on Passion and resurrection gospels began and ended with the Gospel of Mary. We read the conclusion to Gos. Mary as a group and I had the class consider who the Mary of the text … Continue reading

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New Testament Apocrypha Course: Reflections on Week 4

I said at the conclusion to the post for week three that this week’s class should be lighter since we would be looking at only two gospels: the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Philip. Well, I forgot that … Continue reading

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New Testament Apocrypha Course: Reflections on Week Three

My course on the New Testament Apocrypha focused this week on part one of a two-part discussion of “Ministry Gospels”—i.e., texts focusing on Jesus’ adult life, between the infancy gospels and the passion narratives. For this first part we looked … Continue reading

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New Testament Apocrypha Course: Reflections on Week Two

This week’s class focused on Infancy Gospels, with particular emphasis on the Infancy Gospel of James and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, the earliest examples of this literature. We began, however, with a discussion of the infancy narratives of Matthew … Continue reading

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New Testament Apocrypha Course: Reflections on Week One

This past Tuesday I began the latest incarnation of my course "The New Testament Apocrypha" (syllabus posted on my parent site (HERE). As in previous years, I am posting weekly reflections on the week's lecture, in part to encourage pedagogical … Continue reading

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