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New Testament Apocrypha, Vol. 1: Gospels and Related Writings Revised Edition [Paperback]

By Wilhelm Schneemelcher (Author), Schneemelcher (Author) & Wilhelm Schneemelcher (Editor)
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This English translation of the new and thoroughly revised sixth German edition of the extensive extra-canonical gospel literature is an absolutely indispensable collection of sources for every student of the New Testamen and of the history and literature of ancient Christianity . . . The important newly discovered gospels from the Nag Hammadi Library, only reported in a preliminary summary fashion in the previous editions, are now presented in their complete texts with excellent introductions.

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This revised edition is a translation of the sixth German edition, just as the original English "New Testament Apocrypha" was a translation of the third German edition. The introductions to individual texts have been either completely rewritten or thoroughly revised. This book reflects current research findings. The bibliographical data in all sections has been updated as well. Some of the texts have been newly translated, some completely revised, and three completely new texts have been added. Indexes have been included in this volume that allow access to both volumes of the entire work.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   572
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.37" Width: 5.75" Height: 1.35"
Weight:   1.83 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 14, 2006
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  066422721X  
ISBN13  9780664227210  

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Schneemelcher's N.T. Apocrypha: Penultimate edition? Not!  May 25, 2007
I was very dissappointed with Schneemelcher's two volume; "New Testament Apocrypha". I ordered both volumes from this site. First, it is exactly what I thought it wasn't. That is, it is filled with extracts, and sometimes very brief ones. For example, the Infancy Gospels, and the "Sybilline Oracles". Maybe I am wrong, but it seemed to me you could count on two hands how many complete texts it contained. I do not believe it even contained; "Nicodemus". Unless it was under an alternate title. Moreover, perhaps some will not agree, but it reminded me, in an offhand way, of a volume of Pre-Socratic philosophy. Or to take that even further, it seemed more a book -about- apocryphal literature; than the literature itself. Is that what it is? Or even a bibliography. Why is everyone calling this the ultimate edition? At nearly $100.00 I will probably return them. If it was half the cost, I might keep them for reference volumes. Thank You Nicandemus
serious study  Feb 27, 2006
If you're serious about biblical research, volumes I and II are must haves for your library.
Well Worth The Time And Effort  Sep 23, 2004
This is the definitive reference on the Aprocrypha. There is a 2 volume set. is my review of books that build on these those who are looking for better information on the "lost" books of the New Testament Bible and the concepts of Gnosticism.

Nearly all knowledgeable Biblical scholars realize there have been a wide range of writings attributed to Jesus and his Apostles..... and that some of these were selected for compilation into the book that became known as the Bible.....and that some books have been removed from some versions of the Bible and others have been re-discovered in modern times.

The attention focused on Gnosticism by Dan Brown's DaVinci Code may be debatable, but the fact is that increased attention on academics tends to be predominately positive, so I welcome those with first-time or renewed interest. At least first-timers to Gnosticism are not pursuing the oh-so-popular legends of the Holy Grail, Bloodline of Christ, and Mary Magdalene.

This is great......I seldom quote other reviewers, but there is one reviewer of Pagels' books who confided that he had been a Jesuit candidate and had been required to study a wide range of texts but was never was told about the Nag Hamadi texts. He said:

"Now I know why. The Gospel of Thomas lays waste to the notion that Jesus was `the only begotten Son of God' and obviates the need for a formalized church when he says, `When your leaders tell you that God is in heaven, say rather, God is within you, and without you.' No wonder they suppressed this stuff! The Roman Catholic Church hasn't maintained itself as the oldest institution in the world by allowing individuals to have a clear channel to see the divinity within all of us: they need to put God in a bottle, label the bottle, put that bottle on an altar, build a church around that altar, put a sign over the door, and create rubricks and rituals to keep out the dis-believing riff-raff. Real `Us' versus `them' stuff, the polar opposite from `God is within You.' `My God is bigger than your God' the church(s)seem to say. And you can only get there through "my" door/denomination. But Jesus according to Thomas had it right: just keep it simple, and discover the indwelling Divinity `within you and without you.'"

Here are quickie reviews of what is being bought these days on the Gnostic Gospels and the lost books of the Bible in general:

The Lost Books of the Bible (0517277956) includes 26 apocryphal books from the first 400 years that were not included in the New Testament.

Marvin Meyers' The Secret Teachings of Jesus : Four Gnostic Gospels (0394744330 ) is a new translation without commentary of The Secret Book of James, The Gospel of Thomas, The Book of Thomas, and The Secret Book of John.

James M. Robinson's The Nag Hammadi Library in English : Revised Edition (0060669357) has been around 25 years now and is in 2nd edition. It has introductions to each of the 13 Nag Hammadi Codices and the Papyrus Berioinensis 8502.

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (0140278079) by Geza Vermes has selected works....a complete work is more difficult to achieve than the publisher's marketing concept indicates. His commentary generates strong reactions.

Elaine Pagels has 2 books (The Gnostic Gospels 0679724532 and Beyond Belief : The Secret Gospel of Thomas 0375501568) that have received considerable attention lately. For many, her work is controversial in that it is written for popular consumption and there is a strong modern interpretation. She does attempt to reinterpret ancient gender relationships in the light of modern feminist thinking. While this is a useful (and entertaining) aspect of college women's studies programs, it is not as unethical as some critics claim. As hard as they may try, all historians interpret the past in the context of the present. Obviously there is value in our attempts to re-interpret the past in the light of our own time.

Also, to understand the Cathars......try Barbara Tuckman's Distant Mirror for an incredible historical commentary on how the Christian Church has handled other points of view
Interesting, not authoritative though  Apr 2, 2002
I got this book because of the fuss that people make over the council of Nicea supposedly just tossing whatever books it felt like throwing out.

Well, after reading many of these books, it is apparent why. There are stories that are just to unbelievable and obviously fabricated to believe. Some writings were forgeries.

One thing you will see, however, across most of the books is that they all still refer to any of the following that many try to refute: 1) Jesus life, 2) His resurrection, 3) His death, 4) His Lordship, 5) His "Sonship" to the Father.

For every day leading and direction, I'll stick to the Bible.

For casual reading, I'll read the apocrypha.

A Must For Any Biblical Scholar  Dec 26, 2001
Note: See my other review on vol. 2 of New Testament Apcrypha

Since there is so much info in this book, I'll give the gist of my opinion. Anyone looking to study the New Testament SERIOUSLY should pick up this book, in fact, both volumes 1 and 2, as well as a good aid, preferably a text by James Charlesworth. These contain the important Gnostic writings found at Nag Hammadi as well as many other important writings, including the Gospel of the Egyptians, the Gospel of the 12, the Gospel of Judas, several Jesus Gospels, several Thomas Gospels (including the infancy Gospel) and all the other important writings from both the 2nd and 3rd century. A must for any Biblical Scholar's library. Oh, and I must say that I was impressed with the translations, especially the translation from the book's original language over to English. While the Apocrypha, despite what some "scholars" say shouldn't be taken seriously, they are important to study and this is the best collection of the NT Apocryphal texts out there.


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