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The Other Gospels: Non-Canonical Gospel Texts [Paperback]

By Ron Cameron (Editor)
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This anthology of gospel literature contains texts that are not a part of the New Testament but are of great importance for the study of Christian origins. Containing some of the writings from the Nag Hammadi library, these sixteen texts constitute what remains of the non-canonical Gospels from the first and second centuries. They transmit sayings of Jesus and relate stories about Jesus.

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This anthology of gospel literature contains texts that are not a part of the New Testament but are of great importance for the study of Christian origins. Containing some of the writings from the Nag Hammadi library, these sixteen texts constitute what remains of the non-canonical Gospels from the first and second centuries. They transmit sayings of Jesus and relate stories about Jesus.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.97" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1982
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664244289  
ISBN13  9780664244286  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ron Cameron has adjudicated 2,000 theatre productions in Canada, the U.S., and internationally. Professor Emeritus at Sheridan Institute, he worked for 36 years to develop its prestigious Music Theatre Department and now works internationally as a communications consultant. He is also the author of Behind the Scenes and lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

Ron Cameron currently resides in Mississauga, Ontario. Ron Cameron was born in 1944 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Wesleyan University.

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  1. Society of Biblical Literature Symposium


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The Jesus literature Constantine's friends didn't like  Dec 11, 2003
To simplify a complicated story, the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity the empire's official religion late in the 4th century. To clarify what this meant, he asked his Christian friends to identify the best Christian literature. The result of their efforts are now sold in every book store as 'the Bible'.

'The Other Gospels' pulls together what we know about the Jesus stories that got left out. Since making copies of paper was an expensive and time consuming activity, little of 'the other stuff' remained in circulation. Some of it was 'suppressed', but book burning gets more playing time than it deserves. Most of this material was probably just forgotten. And, most of it is suitably forgettable.

Cameron pulls together the pieces archeologists have discovered in the last 200 years, and tried to interest the reader in the 'trajectory' of Jesus stories. He finds it interesting to note how oral story telling traditions tend to elaborate source material and add features addressing interests of the story teller. Detailed arguments about these trajectories are omitted, though. The commentaries prior to each 'omitted' gospel fragment are brief and disconnected from each other. Perhaps Cameron wished to avoid contention and argument.

I wished he had offered a more detailed and coherent argument regarding 'trajectories.' In particular, I would have liked information on how these documents were used. Were they memorized? Were they used in ritual? Were they given to children as literature lessons?

The best of the material (Gospels of Thomas and Miriam) can be found in books devoted entirely to themselves. The rest is somewhat harder to find (especially in one place).

 
A New Take on Old Writings  Aug 19, 2001
For anyone interested in a rather different perspective of Christian views of Jesus, the non-canonical Gospels can be an eye-opening experience. Non-canonical refers to texts not accepted as part of the New Testament, for a variety of reasons. They aren't necessarily subversive, though some paint rather conflicting views of Jesus and his teachings. But mostly what they provide is simply more material, much of it subject to further interpretation. Some of the material is known as Gnostic material; some is not. Author Ron Cameron has broken the 16 non-canonical works into two broad categories: Traditions of the Sayings of Jesus and Traditions of Stories About Jesus. He gives us extended quotations of such material as the Gospel of Thomas or the Secret Gospel of Mark. In all cases, Cameron then uses the material to shed further light on how Christian thinking about Jesus and his teachings developed beyond the material admitted to the canon. This book assumes a certain knowledge, though not extensive, of early Christian writings. It's a worthy companion to other readings about the Gospels. Particularly worth noting is Cameron's assessment that the cited material, rather than developing out of established canonical works, may well have predated the material we're most familiar with. If the assessment of Cameron and other scholars is correct, the writings are especially worth reading because they could alter our views of the teachings of Jesus.
 

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