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Title The apocryphal Jesus : legends of the early church / [edited by] J.K. Elliott
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (220 pages)
Contents Introduction -- A: Stories Relating to the Period of the New Testament Gospels -- 1. The Birth of Jesus -- 2. The Childhood of Jesus -- 3. Jesus' Parents -- 4. The Ministry of Jesus -- 5. The Death and Resurrection of Jesus -- 6. Pilate -- 7. Jesus in the Underworld -- 8. Veronica -- 9. Zacharias -- B: Stories Relating to the Growth of the Church -- 10. Peter -- 11. Paul -- 12. John -- 13. Thomas -- 14. Andrew -- C. Stories Relating to Life After Death -- 15. Heaven and Hell -- 16. The End of Time
Summary Jesus's childhood escapades and graphic descriptions of the torments of Hell - this book introduces readers to a selection, in a modern translation, of the many interesting and bizarre stories about Jesus and his followers which make up the Apocryphal New Testament - stories which have profoundly influenced aspects of later Christian doctrines. - ;This accessible selection of the most important and significant of the remarkable and often bizarre apocryphal stories surrounding the life of Jesus and the Early Church has established a reputation as an invaluable introduction to the genre of Christian apocryphal literature. J.K. Elliott clearly explains the scholarly importance of the genre and introduces each section of texts with reference to biblical texts and later church history. Stories found in this selection include Jesus' birth in a cave, his childhood escapades, his secret sayings, and his descent to the underworld; the torments in Hell; Saint Paul baptizing a lion; the death of Pontius Pilate and Saint Peter being crucified upside down. These all come from early Christian legends which did not get intothe Bible, yet have had a profound influence on art, literature, and theology from the second century through the Middle Ages and even modern times. Some of the stories included here, especially those involving the Virgin Mary, have affected matters of doctrine; others have influenced the church'steaching on the after life, whilst from the apocryphal Acts there are some of the best examples of accounts of the lives of Christianity's earliest saints
Notes Abridged and adapted version of the Apocryphal New Testament
Originally published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996. With new pref. and further reading list
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-217) and indexes
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Subject Jesus Christ -- Biography -- Apocryphal and legendary literature.
Apocryphal books (New Testament)
Genre/Form Biography
Form Electronic book
Author Elliott, J. K. (James Keith)
LC no. 2008276177
ISBN 0191566721 (electronic bk.)
9780191566721 (electronic bk.)
OTHER TI Apocryphal New Testament. English