I’ve decided today to take a brief break from my discussions of early Christology to post on something else (tomorrow I’m back to Christology, if all goes according to plan).   As I think I have mentioned, my colleague Zlatko Plese and I are in the process of publishing an English-only version of our book The Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and Translations.  That is, we are not including the Greek, Latin, and Coptic texts, but only the English translations.   I have adjusted the Introductions for a lay-audience.   We are adding a couple of texts that we did not include in the quadri-lingual edition, most notably “The Gospel of the Savior.”   This text is not well known outside the ranks of scholars of the early Christian apocrypha, and so I thought I would mention it here.  The following, in fact, is a draft of my Introduction (which will include bibliography as well):


The Gospel of the Savior is one of the most recent Gospels to become available to public view, having been first announced in the mid 1990s.  It comes to us on seven fragmentary parchment leaves from a codex that is housed in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin; the manuscript is labeled P. Berol. Inv. 22220.   The manuscript, written in Coptic, was purchased by the museum on March 20, 1967 and was classified by a curator there as allegedly containing sayings of Jesus – and then it was put into storage.  It was not until 1991 that an American scholar, Paul Mirecki, happened upon the manuscript in the museum; it was also found soon thereafter, but independently, by another American scholar, Charles Hedrick.  The “discovery” was announced by Hedrick in 1996 in a paper read at the Sixth International Congress of Coptic Studies.  Hedrick and Mirecki collaborated in the publication of the Coptic text, along with an English translation in 1999: Gospel of the Savior: A New Ancient Gospel.

There were problems with Hedrick and Mirecki’s reconstruction of the Coptic text; these corrected by the Coptologist Stephen Emmel in an important article in 2002.   Emmel’s reconstruction of the text is now generally followed.

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