Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Book Note: The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles. An Introduction (Hans-Josef Klauck)

Professor Klauck is on a roll. He has just published another handy book, (finally!) a current English introduction to the Apocryphal Acts. How useful is it? Each chapter covers one of the Apocryphal Acts. He lists the critical edition bibliographical information, translations, plus a content bibliography. Then he discusses the Acts in some detail with more bibliographical information. This will be an excellent book for courses on the apocrypha, as well as a good resource to have on one's library shelf. Klauck relies on his vast knowledge of the Christian apocrypha to make accessible a body of early Christian literature often overlooked. His coverage is thorough and up-to-date, emphasizing provenance, narrative content, and religious context.

It is published by Baylor University Press for $39.95.

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