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General Introduction NON-CANONICAL GOSPELS The Gospel of the Nazareans The Gospel According to the Ebionites The Gospel According to the Hebrews The Gospel According to the Egyptians The Coptic Gospel of Thomas Papyrus Egerton 2: The Unknown Gospel The Gospel of Peter The Gospel of Mary The Gospel of Philip The Gospel of Truth The Gospel of the Savior The Infancy Gospel of Thomas The Proto-Gospel of James The Epistle of the Apostles The Coptic Apocalypse of Peter The Second Treatise of Great Seth The Secret Gospel of Mark NON-CANONICAL ACTS OF THE APOSTLES The Acts of John The Acts of Paul The Acts of Thecla The Acts of Thomas The Acts of Peter NON-CANONICAL EPISTLES AND RELATED WRITINGS The Third Letter to the Corinthians Correspondence of Paul and Seneca Paul's Letter to the Laodiceans The Letter of 1 Clement The Letter of 2 Clement The "Letter of Peter to James" and its "Reception" The Homilies of Clement Ptolemy's Letter to Flora The Treatise of the Resurrection The Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles The Letter of Barnabas The Preachings of Peter Pseudo-Titus NON-CANONICAL APOCALYPSES AND REVELATORY TREATISES The Shepherd of Herman The Apocalypse of Peter The Apocalypse of Paul The Secret Book of John On the Origin of the World The First Thought in Three Forms The Hymn of the Pearl CANONICAL LISTS The Muratorian Canon The Canon of Origen of Alexandria The Canon of Eusebius The Canon of Athansius of Alexandria The Canon at the Third Synod of Carthage

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Bart D. Ehrman is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings and Jesus, Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium.

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The author of more than ten books on New Testament history and early Christian writings, Ehrman (religious studies, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) has established himself as an expert on early Christianity. These two works should soundly solidify his stature, as they illuminate the flavor and varieties of early Christian belief. In Lost Scriptures, Ehrman provides primary texts that did not pass muster for canonical Christianity. They do, however, provide a compelling portrait of competing convictions within Christianity up to the fourth century. Ehrman groups them by literary categories, e.g., gospels, epistles, and apocalypses. While many of these are widely available elsewhere, such as in Ehrman's own After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity (1999), this work is far more comprehensive. In addition, the thematic structure makes this an indispensable companion piece to Lost Christianities. Instead of primary texts, Lost Christianities presents context, history, and commentary surrounding these important early materials. Ehrman argues for the importance of reflecting on what was both lost and gained when these books were excised from Christianity. He argues that the victorious party rewrote the history of the controversy, solidifying the canon along the way in order to support an orthodoxy that would brook no dissent. Scholars and lay readers alike will want to have these works side by side, since Ehrman's intent is to elucidate early Christian divisions through the texts that best represent these rifts. Both books are essential for seminaries, religious studies collections, and any library with a strong interest in early Christianity. Highly recommended.-Sandra Collins, Univ. of Pittsburgh Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"The author of more than ten books on New Testament history and early Christian writings, Ehrman has established himself as an expert on early Christianity. These two works should soundly solidify his stature, as they illuminate the flavor and varieties of early Christian belief."--Library Journal (on Lost Christianities and Lost Scriptures) "History, it's often said, is written by the victors. Bart Ehrman argues in a pair of intriguing new books that the same could be said of the Bible's New Testament.... Will shock more than a few lay readers."--The Boston Globe "Lost Scriptures provides a good sample of the literature and illustrates nicely the complex and often exotic world of second- and third-century Christianity."--America "Fresh authoritative translations of the texts that fell outside in the canon."--Christian Science Monitor "History, it's often said, is written by the victors. Bart Ehrman argues in a pair of intriguing new books that the same could be said of the Bible's New Testament. That Ehrman makes his case without pushing into territory considered heretical by many mainstream Christians shows a deft touch with the most volatile of subjects.... Will shock more than a few lay readers."--The Boston Globe "Lost Scriptures provides a good sample of the literature and illustrates nicely the complex and often exotic world of second- and third-century Christianity.... The texts presented in Ehrman's anthology and his incisive analyses of them constitute a solid contribution to showing the diversity of thought and practice within early Christianity."--America "A companion to Lost Christianities, this volume provides substantial selections from over three dozen of the Gospels, Acts, Epistles, Apocalypses and revelatory treatises not included in the New Testament canon, but which reveal the diverse and competing forms of early Christianity. Ehrman's introductions helpfully situate the documents in their presumed original settings. An invaluable collection of texts for both students of early Christianity and general readers."--Elizabeth A. Clark, John Carlisle Kilgo Professor, Duke University "Fresh authoritative translations of the texts that fell outside in the canon."--Christian Science Monitor

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