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    DescriptionThis 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 into the 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's teaching 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.


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    Title
    The Apocryphal Jesus
    Subtitle
    Legends of the Early Church
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by J. K. Elliott
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199544028
    ISBN 10: 0199544026
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG9
    Ingram Theme: THEO/ACADEM, CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
    Ingram Subject Code: RF
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    Libri: I-RF
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A13603200
    BISAC V2.8: REL006100
    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTBNTAPO
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A13506000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    DC22: 229/.9205208
    LC classification: BS2832 .A2 1996
    DC22: 229.06
    BISAC V2.8: REL006000, REL067000
    Thema V1.0: QRMF1, QRM, QRVG, QRMF19, QRVC, DNB, QRAX, NHC
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    15 October 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Edited by J. K. Elliott, University of Leeds.
    Review quote
    Wonderfully readable and ... untendentious, accurate, and often literarily clever ... an important, reliable, attractive, and enduring contribution to the study of early Christian literature Novum Testamentum Attractively produced, with a short general introduction and comments on each of the groups of extracts, this offers a splendid insight into some of the stories which Christians in the second and third centuries read. The Expository Times Provides a splendid way of giving students as well as the general reader access to texts that are so important for an appreciation of the breadth of religious practice and imagination in the early Christian period ... Highly recommended for scholarly as well as general libraries. Religious Studies Review
    Back cover copy
    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 are among the fascinating stories found in this present selection. They all come from early Christian legends which are not found in the Bible, but yet have had a profound influence on art, literature, and theology from the second century through the Middle Ages and even to modern times. Some of the stories included here, especially those involving the Virgin Mary, have affected matters of doctrine; others have influenced the church's teaching on the afterlife - whilst from the apocryphal Acts are some of the best examples of accounts of the lives of Christianity's earliest saints. In this book Dr Elliott provides introductions to each of the most important and significant of these remarkable and often bizarre apocryphal texts.
    Table of 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