Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier: The Christian Apocrypha in North American Perspectives
Proceedings from the 2013 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium
Edited by Tony Burke
Foreword by Christoph Markschies
Imprint: Cascade Books
400 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.80 in
- Published: July 2015
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- Published: July 2015
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Tony Burke is Associate Professor of Early Christianity at York University in Toronto. He is author of Secret Scriptures Revealed (2013) and editor of Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery? (Cascade Books, 2013).
"Studies of the Christian Apocrypha are coming of age in North America, and this volume clearly outlines the contours of such an emergence into adulthood. These essays cover many of the major issues in contemporary apocryphal studies, ranging from debate over definitions to the practicalities of digital editions. The chapters on the distinctive contribution of North American study of the Christian Apocrypha are particularly interesting and provocative."
--Stanley E. Porter, President and Dean, Professor of New Testament, Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview, McMaster Divinity College
"Burke has brought together a fascinating collection of essays that not only sheds light on the writing that forms the Christian Apocrypha but also provides deep meta-level reflections on the forces that influence the way those texts are studied in the North American context. Much that is discussed is richly insightful, and often the reflections on scholarship are probing and controversial. This is essential reading for those interested in the Christian Apocrypha and early Christianity."
--Paul Foster, Professor, New Testament Language, Literature & Theology, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
"As this book shows, scholars in North America have much to contribute to the study of the Christian Apocrypha. Some contributors reflect critically on the particular circumstances in which they operate, arising from the interplay between faith commitments and historical scholarship in the academy, the church, and in popular culture. Others foreground and advance the discussion of a number of apocryphal texts. Their essays make a significant contribution to the study of early Christian literature."
--Andrew Gregory, Chaplain & Pro-Dean for Welfare, University College, Oxford