The Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church

December 2, 2020
The Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church

When J.K. Elliott's magisterial edition of The Apocryphal NewTestament was published in 1994, it was greeted with universalacclaim. An expanded and revised edition of M.R. James's classicApocryphal New Testament, with all new translations, the book washailed as "an essential work for students of the New Testament andrelated literature" by the Journal of Religion and and as "afascinating source of information" by the Churchman . Now, Elliotthas abridged that volume to create The Apocryphal Jesus . Designedfor the general reader, clergy, and student, the book collects themost interesting of the early Christian texts about Jesus thatdidn't make the Bible, ranging from stories of his birth in a cave,his childhood escapades, and his secret sayings, to his descent tothe underworld, the torments of Hell, Saint Paul baptizing a lion,the death of Pontius Pilate, and many others. Throughout, Elliottprovides helpful introductions to each of the most important andsignificant of these texts, which have had a profound influence onart, literature, and theology from the second century through theMiddle Ages and even into modern times. bizarre apocryphaltexts.