By Bart D. Ehrman

Whereas most folk imagine that the twenty-seven books of the recent testomony are the single sacred writings of the early Christians, this isn't in any respect the case. A better half quantity to Bart Ehrman's Lost Christianities, this booklet deals an anthology of updated and readable translations of many non-canonical writings from the 1st centuries after Christ--texts which have been for the main half misplaced or ignored for nearly millennia.

Here is an array of remarkably different writings from early Christian teams whose visions of Jesus range dramatically from our modern realizing. Readers will locate Gospels supposedly authored through the apostle Philip, James the brother of Jesus, Mary Magdalen, and others. There are Acts initially ascribed to John and to Thecla, Paul's girl better half; there are Epistles allegedly written through Paul to the Roman thinker Seneca. and there's an apocalypse by means of Simon Peter that gives a guided journey of the afterlife, either the wonderful ecstasies of the saints and the horrendous torments of the damned, and an Epistle by means of Titus, a significant other of Paul, which argues web page after web page opposed to sexual love, even inside marriage, because actual intimacy ends up in damnation.

In all, the anthology contains fifteen Gospels, 5 non-canonical Acts of the Apostles, 13 Epistles, a couple of Apocalypses and mystery Books, and a number of other Canon lists. Ehrman has integrated a basic advent, plus short introductions to every piece. this crucial anthology offers readers a brilliant photo of the variety of ideals that battled one another within the first centuries of the Christian era.

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