There are some topics that I deal with on the blog that give me a knot in the stomach just to broach — including the question of whether Jesus was really buried on the afternoon of his death (my recent long thread). The issues are so convoluted and so many people disagree that I wonder, yeah, Why am I doing this? (!) But there are other topics that for me are almost sheer pleasure–like the one I’ll be embarking on now for a new thread: the Gospels, epistles, and apocalypses that are NOT in the New Testament.
I’ve talked about these on and off over the years, and thought it was time to get back to them. I regularly get asked by blog members where they can go to learn more about them. And so I thought I’d start this threat by reposting some of the crucial information.
Want to know how my grad students study these things? Want to take it on yourself? Here’s a copy of my syllabus for the PhD Seminar that I’ve taught on the topic on and off over the years (I change it up a bit each time, but here’s a good example).
After this, in the thread, I’ll talk about individual Gospels on the list.
Reli 801: Early Christian Apocrypha
Instructor: Bart D. Ehrman
The Early Christian Apocrypha are an amorphous collection of early and medieval Christian writings, many of which were forged in the names of the apostles. They have long been a subject of fascination among scholars. In this course we will consider a selection of the most interesting and historically significant examples.