Thursday, July 13, 2006

Other Early Christian Gospels

Andrew Bernhard announces his book Other Early Christian Gospels here as available in the USA in August. Tesco is already providing publicity for the UK edition (published in June).

Here is their blurb and the table of contents:

Since the late nineteenth century, our knowledge of early Christianity and its literature has been improved significantly by the recovery of numerous ancient manuscripts. Among the most important finds are the Greek manuscripts that preserve portions of little-known early Christian gospels, such as the "Gospel of Thomas", the "Gospel of Peter", and the "'Unknown Gospel' of Egerton Papyrus 2". These fragmentary manuscripts provide us with direct access to texts that seem to have been written at about the same time as the New Testament gospels. They allow us to study ancient writings about the life of Jesus in their original language, without the filters of later translation or commentary. They make long-forgotten gospels penned by some of Jesus' earliest followers available once again, shedding new light on the formative years of Christianity and, perhaps, even on Jesus himself. "Other Early Christian Gospels" collects all the recently-recovered Greek manuscripts containing parts of long-lost early Christian gospels into a single volume.;It includes new critical editions, English translations, and exhaustive indexes of the Greek fragments of the "Gospel of Thomas", the "Gospel of Peter", the "Egerton Gospel", and six other unidentified gospels. In addition, "Other Early Christian Gospels" features 'student's Greek texts' that present the restored Greek texts without any potentially confusing apparatus, editorial signs, or unidentifiable word fragments. This special student's version makes the fragmentary ancient texts dramatically more accessible to those still in the process of learning Greek.

Content list
1General Introduction;
2Editorial Method;
3Editorial Signs;
5The Gospel of Thomas;
6Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 654 (POxy 654);
7Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 1 (POxy 1);
8Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 655 (POxy 655);
9The Gospel of Peter;
10Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 4009 (POxy 4009);
11The Akhmim Fragment (PCair 10759);
12Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 2949 (POxy 2949);
13The Egerton Gospel;
14Egerton Papyrus 2 (PEgerton 2) with Cologne Papyrus 255 (PKoln 255);
15Other Unidentified Gospel Fragments;
16The Faiyum Fragment (PVindob G 2325);
17Merton Papyrus 51 (PMert 51);
18Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 210 (POxy 210);
19Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 1224 (POxy 1224);
20Oxyrhynchus Parchment 840 (POxy 840);
21Berlin Papyrus 11710 (PBerol 11710);


  1. Sounds like quite a useful collection. Plates of most of the manuscripts. Greek text and ET.

  2. "seem to have been written at about the same time as the New Testament gospels"

    This appears to refer to the authorship of the noncanonical gospels, not the age of the mss on which they are preserved.

    That presupposes a 2nd-century date for the pseudonymous authorship of the canonical gospels, does it not?

  3. For a lot more detail from the author on the book see

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  5. Who is Andrew Eric Bernhard?