From the Back Cover This collection of apocryphal texts supersedes the best-selling edition by M. R. James, which was originally published in 1924, and regularly reprinted. Several new texts have come to light since 1924 and the textual base for some of the apocrypha previously translated by James is now more secure, as in several cases there are recently published critical editions available. Although a modest appendix to James's edition was added in 1953, no thorough revision has previously been undertaken. In this volume, J. K. Elliott presents new translations of the texts and has provided each of them with a short introduction and bibliography directed to those who wish to pursue further the issues raised in the texts, or to consult the critical editions, other versions, or general studies. The translations are in modern English, in contrast to James's deliberate imitation of the language of the Authorized Version. The collection is designed to give readers the most important and famous of the Christian apocrypha, together with a select sample of gnostic texts. Full translations of the earliest texts are printed.
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J. K. Elliott (Editor)
Paperback: 774 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Paperback Edition edition (December 22, 2005)
New Testament Apocrypha
TABLE OF CONTENTS
New Testament Apocrypha - During the birth of Christianity, some of the Jewish apocrypha that dealt with the coming of the Messianic kingdom became popular in the rising Jewish-Christian communities. Occasionally these writings were changed or added to, but on the whole it was found sufficient to reinterpret them as conforming to a Christian viewpoint. Many texts believed lost for centuries were unearthed in the 19th and 20th centuries, producing lively speculation about their importance in early Christianity among religious scholars, while many others survive only in the form of quotations from them in other writings; for some, no more than the title is known.
The books of the New Testament Apocrypha can be broadly divided into following sections:
- The Apocryphal Gospels
- The Infancy Gospels
- The Acts
- The Acts and Martyrdom of the Holy Apostle Andrew
- The Acts and Martyrdom of Matthew
- The Acts of Andrew
- The Acts of Andrew and Matthias
- The Acts of Barnabas
- The Acts of John
- The Acts of John the Theologian
- The Acts of Paul
- The Acts of Paul and Thecla
- The Acts of Peter
- The Acts of Peter and Andrew
- The Acts Of The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
- The Acts of Philip
- The Acts of Thomas
- The Consummation of Thomas the Apostle
- The Letters (Epistles)
- The Epistles of Jesus Christ and Abgarus, King of Edessa.
- The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Seneca, with Seneca's to Paul.
- The General Epistle of Barnabas Rutherford H. Platt, Jr.
- The Epistle Of Ignatius To Polycarp
- The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians
- The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians
- The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians
- The Epistle Of Ignatius To The Philippians
- The Epistle Of Ignatius To The Romans
- The Epistle Of Ignatius To The Smyrnaeans
- The Epistle Of Ignatius To The Trallians
- The Epistle Of Polycarp To The Philippians
- The Epistle Of The Apostles M.R. James
- The Epistle To The Laodiceans M.R. James
- The First Epistle Of Clemet To The Corinthians
- The Second Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians Rutherford H. Platt, Jr.
- Letters of Herod and Pilate: The Lost Books of the Bible Rutherford H. Platt, Jr.
- Letters of Pontius Pilate to Seneca in Rome W.P. Crozier
- The Apocalypses
- The Apocalypse of Peter (Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol X.)
* An entirely different text of this name is found in the Nag Hammadi Library.
- The Apocalypse Of Sedrach
- The Apocalypse of the Virgin
- The Apocalypse of Thomas
- The Revelation of Saint John the Theologian
- The Revelation of Paul
- The Revelation of Stephen
- The Vision of Paul the Apostle
- Revelation of Moses
- The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
- I. The Testament of Reuben Concerning Thoughts
- II. The Testament of Simeon Concerning Envy
- III. The Testament of Levi Concerning the Priesthood and Arrogance
- IV. The Testament of Judah Concerning Fortitude, and Love of Money, and Fornication
- V. The Testament of Issachar Concerning Simplicity
- VI. The Testament of Zebulun Concerning Compassion and Mercy
- VII. The Testament of Dan Concerning Anger and Lying
- VIII. The Testament of Naphtali Concerning Natural Goodness
- IX. The Testament of Gad Concerning Hatred
- X. The Testament of Asher Concerning Two Faces of Vice and Virtue
- XI. The Testament of Joseph Concerning Sobriety
- XII. The Testament of Benjamin Concerning a Pure Mind
- The Apocalypse of Peter (Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol X.)
- The Martyrdom Texts
- The Teachings
- Other Early Christian Writings
- Book of John the Evangelist
- The Apostles' Creed
- The Narrative of Joseph of Arimathaea
- The Avenging of the Saviour
- The Pastor of Hermas
- Book First.—Visions
- Book Second.—Commandments
- Book Third.—Similitudes
- The works of Dionysius the Areopagite
- Preface to the online edition
- Introduction to vol. 1
- On Divine Names
- Mystic Theology
- Objections to Genuineness
- Prefactory Material to Volume 2
- On The Heavenly Hierarchy
- Ecclesiastical Hierarchy
- New Testament Discoveries
Never in your long ascendancy will you lose the power to recognize your associates of former existences. Always, as you ascend inward in the scale of life, will you retain the ability to recognize and fraternize with the fellow beings of your previous and lower levels of experience. Each new translation or resurrection will add one more group of spirit beings to your vision range without in the least depriving you of the ability to recognize your friends and fellows of former estates.
Princess Bride 1987 Wallace Shawn (Vizzini) and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya)
Vizzini: HE DIDN'T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
And here is mystery: The more closely man approaches God through love, the greater the reality -- actuality -- of that man. The more man withdraws from God, the more nearly he approaches nonreality -- cessation of existence. When man consecrates his will to the doing of the Father's will, when man gives God all that he has, then does God make that man more than he is.
"And do you not remember that I said to you once before that, if you had your spiritual eyes anointed, you would then see the heavens opened and behold the angels of God ascending and descending? It is by the ministry of the angels that one world may be kept in touch with other worlds, for have I not repeatedly told you that I have other sheep not of this fold?"
But we know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, and that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory to the enhancement of the ever-progressing reality of personal religious experience—God-consciousness.
When you are through down here, when your course has been run in temporary form on earth, when your trial trip in the flesh is finished, when the dust that composes the mortal tabernacle "returns to the earth whence it came"; then, it is revealed, the indwelling "Spirit shall return to God who gave it." There sojourns within each moral being of this planet a fragment of God, a part and parcel of divinity. It is not yet yours by right of possession, but it is designedly intended to be one with you if you survive the mortal existence.
And the greatest of all the unfathomable mysteries of God is the phenomenon of the divine indwelling of mortal minds. The manner in which the Universal Father sojourns with the creatures of time is the most profound of all universe mysteries; the divine presence in the mind of man is the mystery of mysteries.
To every spirit being and to every mortal creature in every sphere and on every world of the universe of universes, the Universal Father reveals all of his gracious and divine self that can be discerned or comprehended by such spirit beings and by such mortal creatures. God is no respecter of persons, either spiritual or material. The divine presence which any child of the universe enjoys at any given moment is limited only by the capacity of such a creature to receive and to discern the spirit actualities of the supermaterial world.
Paradise is the eternal center of the universe of universes and the abiding place of the Universal Father, the Eternal Son, the Infinite Spirit, and their divine co-ordinates and associates. This central Isle is the most gigantic organized body of cosmic reality in all the master universe. Paradise is a material sphere as well as a spiritual abode. All of the intelligent creation of the Universal Father is domiciled on material abodes; hence must the absolute controlling center also be material, literal. And again it should be reiterated that spirit things and spiritual beings are real.
Culture presupposes quality of mind; culture cannot be enhanced unless mind is elevated. Superior intellect will seek a noble culture and find some way to attain such a goal. Inferior minds will spurn the highest culture even when presented to them ready-made.
True liberty is the associate of genuine self-respect; false liberty is the consort of self-admiration. True liberty is the fruit of self-control; false liberty, the assumption of self-assertion. Self-control leads to altruistic service; self-admiration tends towards the exploitation of others for the selfish aggrandizement of such a mistaken individual as is willing to sacrifice righteous attainment for the sake of possessing unjust power over his fellow beings.
How dare the self-willed creature encroach upon the rights of his fellows in the name of personal liberty when the Supreme Rulers of the universe stand back in merciful respect for these prerogatives of will and potentials of personality! No being, in the exercise of his supposed personal liberty, has a right to deprive any other being of those privileges of existence conferred by the Creators and duly respected by all their loyal associates, subordinates, and subjects.
There is no error greater than that species of self-deception which leads intelligent beings to crave the exercise of power over other beings for the purpose of depriving these persons of their natural liberties. The golden rule of human fairness cries out against all such fraud, unfairness, selfishness, and unrighteousness.