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ARE THERE AUTHENTIC WORDS OF JESUS OUTSIDE OF THE GOSPELS? Aug 27, 2009
No, I'm not referring to the various "Gnostic" gospels and other writings such as those found in the Nag Hammadi Library; nor am I referring to sayings attributed to Jesus ("Issa") by Islamic writers.
Even the most orthodox Christian will admit that there are sayings attributed to Jesus in the New Testament that are not found in the gospels (e.g., Acts 11:16; Acts 20:35; 1 Cor 7:10; 1 Cor 9:14; 1 Cor 11:24-25), that are commonly called "Agrapha." However, there are also various sayings---perhaps reported by some of the early Church Fathers such as Clement and Justin Martyr, or contained in some alternate readings of early manuscript copies---that actually have a certain degree of credibility.
Jeremias has collected these "agrapha" from the "orthodox" Christian sources (i.e., he eliminates the "Gnostic" sayings; see Marvin Meyer's The Unknown Sayings of Jesus for collections of such non-traditional sources), as well as illuminating commentary on the texts themselves, and their sources. He also provides a candid assessment of their probable authenticity (or lack thereof).
This brief (just over 100 pages) book is of great interest to persons interested in Jesus, the "historical Jesus," as well as early Church speculations about his life. We should be very glad it's finally been republished.