Preface: The Fluid Borders of the Canon and 'Apocrypha'- James Hamilton Charlesworth Foreword: With the Ancients: Hearing Voices that were Silenced 1. Writings Labeled Apocryphain Latin Patristic Sources - Edmon L.Gallagher 2. Did the Midrash of Shemihazai and Azael use the Book of Giants? - Ken M. Penner 3. Negotiating the Boundaries of Tradition: The Rehabilitation of the Bookof Ben Sira (Sirach) in B. Sanhedrin100b - Teresa Ann Ellis 4. Prologue of Sirach (Ben Sira) and the Question of Canon - Francis Borchardt 5. The Function of Ethics in the Non-Canonical Jewish Writings - Gerbern S. Oegema 6. The Odes of Solomon:Their Relation to Scripture and the Canon in Early Christianity - James Hamilton Charlesworth 7. The Odes of Solomon in AncientChristianity: Reflections on Scripture and Canon - Lee Martin McDonald 8. Origen's Use of the Gospel of Thomas - Stephen C. Carlson 9. The Acts of Thomas as Sacred Text - Jonathan K. Henry 10. Questions and Answers in the Protevangelium of James and the Gospel of Peter - DanielLynwood Smith Indexes
This volume examines the often neglected impact of 'non-canonical' texts on the development of early communities.
James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Director and Editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA. Lee Martin McDonald is President Emeritus and Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, Canada. He is also President of the Institute for Biblical Research. Blake A. Jurgens is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, USA, and a Fulbright Fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany.