In their search for the historical Jesus, scholars have rightly focused their attention on the evidence of the four canonical gospels, but they have often given insufficient attention to the importance of other early Christian writings. This volume by an international team of authors, writing under the auspices of the Tyndale House Gospels Research Project, seeks to shed light on the gospels from outside the gospels. It includes essays on Paul's use of the Jesus tradition, the evidence of other New Testament writers, the Gospel of Thomas, the apocryphal gospels, the apostolic fathers, and on Jewish and classical traditions. The essays break new ground in various respects; and the volume as a whole, which is concluded by Dr. Richard Bauckham with an article on the "problems and prospects" of studying non-canonical gospel traditions, should prove a significant stimulus to ongoing research in this neglected area.
David Wenham is lecturer in New Testament at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. After studying theology at Cambridge and Manchester Universities, he taught in central India and then directed the Tyndale House Gospels Research Project. He has written several books on the parables of Jesus and on the relationship of Jesus and Paul, most recently 'Paul, Follower of Jesus or Founder of Christianity?' (Eerdmans, 1995). Wenham is also involved in parochial ministry in a group of villages north of Oxford.