The Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and Translations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
This is a brand new book and an incredibly useful one at that. A big "THANKS" to Ehrman and Plese for putting this book together!
It is a collection of apocryphal gospels (Infancy Gospels; Ministry Gospels; Sayings Gospels; Passion, Resurrection and Post-Resurrection Gospels). The book does not include the Coptic gospels from Nag Hammadi or the Berlin Codex, with the exceptions of the Gospels of Thomas and Mary. The editors also have included the Gospel of Judas from the Tchacos Codex, but the translation is based only on the Kasser-Wurst critical edition. So it does not yet take into account Ohio fragments whose translation and photographs have been released by Wurst on his website HERE. So this translation (like all of them that have been published so far, including my own) needs to be corrected and updated already.
What is great about the volume? The primary language texts are on the face pages, with translations on the opposite pages. There are brief introductions to each text, which help orient the readers to some of the main issues for each text.
There are very few footnotes on critical textual issues, however, so this will not replace the critical editions for researchers. But it will be very handy to have all these primary texts in one neat handbook for quick reference and use in graduate courses.
My main criticism is that the bibliographies are uneven and too selective. They target certain resources, while leaving out other crucial materials on these texts. This means that the bibliographies are so selective that they are not targeted for the public or for graduate students and researchers who appear to be the volume's targeted audience. I wonder why the bibliographies are so selective, given that this is a volume of 611 pages, and the bibliographical pages usually take up less than half a page with lots of white space left. Another page of bibliography on each of the gospels would have made the volume that much better and would have added very little in terms of additional pages.
Monday, June 27, 2011
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The fourth issue of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality. Alan Moore's Fossil Angels, an investigation into the contemporary occult scene. Interviews with Stephan Hoeller and Miguel Conner. Anthony Peake on the Quantum Pleroma. Sean Martin tells a Gnostic sci-fi tale. Robert M.Price on the Gnostic Gospel of John. Bill Darlison on the zodiac in the Gospel of Mark. Gnostic influences on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. The plight of the Mandaeans. The gematria of Marcus the Magician. The Gospel of Thomas, a translation and Fourth Way interpretation. Gnostic politics. John Cowper Powys. The complete text of the Gnosis of the Light--a book within a magazine! Egyptian cat mummies and more. And we review enough books to fill a whole shelf. Cover and interior illustrations by Laurence Caruana.