By Tony Burke
All through heritage, Christians have expressed their religion via tale. They created texts that includes vital early Christian figures - like Jesus, Peter, Paul, Mary Magdalene, and Judas - to specific their relationships to God and to the area round them. a few of these texts are present in state-of-the-art New testomony, yet there's a broad collection of alternative texts that aren't incorporated within the Bible. This publication bargains readers a consultant to the Christian Apocrypha, starting with an outline of students' efforts to get better and reconstruct the texts, through examinations of a couple of key texts. It responds to a few misconceptions and customary questions on the Apocrypha and finishes with a dialogue of the iconic price of the Christian Apocrypha.
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Extra resources for Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha
Bauer’s claim was that, in some areas of the ancient world, orthodox Christianity arrived late. The earliest form of Christianity in these areas was one of the so-called heresies and, in some cases, this form remained dominant for centuries before the infiltration of orthodoxy. When orthodoxy did arrive, it would have been considered a heresy, and what was later called ‘heresy’ was originally orthodox. We get some hint of this phenomenon already in the New Testament. The book of Acts portrays the spread of the Christian message as emanating out from Jerusalem carried by the original apostles of Jesus.
The popular Ethiopic Miracles of Jesus, for example, is a translation of the apocryphal Arabic Gospel of John, a tenth-/eleventh-century compilation of earlier texts originally composed in Greek (the Protevangelium of James, the Acts of Pilate, and others). It is not uncommon for an apocryphal text to have survived in a number of ancient languages. Scholars hope to find copies of the texts in Greek (usually their language of origin), but sometimes the texts are better preserved in languages from more remote regions, like Ethiopia or Iraq.
Battles are won by the group with the most power, not necessarily the group that is most virtuous or correct. And when it comes to early Christian history, there are compelling reasons to question the authority of the winners and their claim, indeed anyone’s claim, to represent the ‘true’ teachings of Jesus. Rome and Constantinople, with their eminent champions Irenaeus, Eusebius, Athanasius, and others, called themselves the ‘orthodox’, a term which means literally ‘[having] right belief’. Anyone who did not agree with the orthodox was declared a heretic, from a Greek word meaning ‘choice’ (because heretics are those who have ‘chosen’ to deviate from the ‘truth’).
Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha by Tony Burke