By Bart D. Ehrman
Whereas most folk imagine that the twenty-seven books of the recent testomony are the one sacred writings of the early Christians, this isn't in any respect the case. A better half quantity to Bart Ehrman's Lost Christianities, this booklet bargains an anthology of up to date and readable translations of many non-canonical writings from the 1st centuries after Christ--texts which have been for the main half misplaced or ignored for nearly millennia.
Here is an array of remarkably different writings from early Christian teams whose visions of Jesus vary dramatically from our modern figuring out. Readers will locate Gospels supposedly authored by means of the apostle Philip, James the brother of Jesus, Mary Magdalen, and others. There are Acts initially ascribed to John and to Thecla, Paul's lady spouse; there are Epistles allegedly written by means of Paul to the Roman thinker Seneca. and there's an apocalypse by way of Simon Peter that gives a guided travel of the afterlife, either the fantastic ecstasies of the saints and the horrendous torments of the damned, and an Epistle via Titus, a spouse of Paul, which argues web page after web page opposed to sexual love, even inside marriage, considering that actual intimacy ends up in damnation.
In all, the anthology comprises fifteen Gospels, 5 non-canonical Acts of the Apostles, 13 Epistles, a couple of Apocalypses and mystery Books, and several other Canon lists. Ehrman has integrated a normal creation, plus short introductions to every piece. this significant anthology supplies readers a brilliant photograph of the variety of ideals that battled one another within the first centuries of the Christian era.
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