New Monograph Series NASSCAL/Polebridge

Via the NASSCAL blog, this exciting announcement: The North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature (NASSCAL) is pleased to announce Studies in Christian Apocrypha, a book series produced in collaboration with Polebridge Press. Christian Apocrypha is a term encompassing Christian texts—such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Acts of John, and the Apocalypse of Peter—that are [Read More…]

The Bible Beyond the Bible:From Apocrypha to Anime

HT to Deane Galbraith for drawing attention to this lecture by Annette Yoshiko Reed. As the title indicates, it explores the impact of the Bible from ancient times to modern. But it also spends a significant amount of time exploring how the modern Bible became the Bible as we know it, including detailed attention to [Read More…]

What Jesus Thought of the Apostles

Jesus says, “The apostles were stupid and lazy men, who wrote whatever they wished with a great deal of paper and ink.”  The quotation comes from the work known as Dialogue of the Paralytic with Christ, which you can read on Tony Burke’s blog (in a shorter version that lacks this particular statement). I’ve been meaning [Read More…]

50 Ways to Forge a Gospel

As the song lyrics indicate, it genuinely was at the 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium that I got the idea for this song, and mentioned it to Bart Ehrman over a drink after his keynote address, which was the primary inspiration for the song, although the whole range of papers were in mind and there [Read More…]

#YCAS2015 and Gospel Authorship Around the Blogosphere

I’m not the only blogger who was at the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, by any means. I am glad to see that Eric Vanden Eykel was inspired to revive his blog, and has posted a recap of the conference. Timo Paananen has also posted a recap of day 1. There was also a very strange [Read More…]

NASSCAL (North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature)

It isn’t NASCAR (although there was some discussion of whether it would be mostly funny or mostly confusing to try to get the acronym of this new organization to have an ‘R’ at the end). NASSCAL is the newly-formed North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature. Please pay a visit to their website, and if you [Read More…]

#YCAS2015 The Final Session

The final session after lunch was focused on the Gospel of Jesus' Wife. We did things slightly differently, not leaving Q&A in between papers but only after, since the session had a respondent. Brent Landau chaired, comparing the matter of GJW to a soap opera, and inviting the audience to ask for clarification if they [Read More…]

#YCAS2015 Fifth Panel

The morning of the second day of the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium began with Gregory Fewster discussing assumptions scholars work with regarding pseudepigraphy, and the question of what made a pseudepigraphal work “successful,” focusing in particular on 3 Corinthians. Among the assumptions we take for granted is that, for pseudepigraphy to work, the reputation of [Read More…]

#YCAS2015 Third Panel

The session after lunch began with Brandon Hawk talking about the use of apocryphal narratives in medieval English preaching (as also in art), using the interdisciplinary approach of transmission studies. His specific focus was Pseudo-Matthew, which was particularly popular in that context, and which is used in the manuscript known as Bercelli 6, a Christmas [Read More…]

#YCAS2015 Second Panel

The first paper in the second session at the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium was by Brent Landau, focused on the Revelation of the Magi. In that text, Christ himself is the star that leads the magi, and he multiplies their food. When they and others eat that food, they experience visions of Christ. Landau suggests [Read More…]


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