'Noncanonical' Religious Texts in Early Judaism and Early Christianity

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Lee Martin McDonald, James H. Charlesworth
A&C Black, Apr 5, 2012 - Religion - 256 pages
This volume draws attention to ancient religious texts, especially the so-called 'non-canonical' texts, by focusing on how they were used or functioned in Early Judaism and Early Christianity. The contributors are biblical scholars who have chosen one or more Jewish or Christian apocryphal or pseudepigraphical texts, with the aim of describing their ancient functions in their emerging social settings. These show the fluidity of the notion of scripture in the early centuries of the Church and in Judaism of late antiquity, but they also show the value of examining the ancient religious texts that were not included in the Jewish or Christian biblical canons. These chapters show that there is much that can be learned from examining and comparing these texts with canonical literature and evaluating them in their social context. No ancient text was created in a vacuum, and the non-canonical writings aid in our interpretation not only of many canonical writings, but also shed considerable light on the context of both early Judaism and early Christianity.

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Reflections on the Theological Relevance of Early Jewish Literature
A Preliminary Survey of Christian Literature found in Oxyrhynchus
The Case of 2 Baruch
Chapter 4 The Coptic Arabic and Ethiopic Versions of theTestament of Abraham and the Emergence of the Testaments of Isaac and Jacob
Chapter 5 The Son of David in Psalms of Solomon 17
Chapter 6 The Enochic Library of the Author ofthe Epistle of Barnabas
Chapter 7 Ruminating on the Canonical Process in Light of a Bodmer Papyrus Anthology P72
Chapter 10 The Place of the Shepherd of Hermas in the Canon Debate
Chronology Theology and Liturgy
Chapter 12 The Child Mary in the Protevangelium of James
Chapter 13 Purity Piety and the Purposes of theProtevangelium of James
The Saint Justina Legend andthe Reception of the Christian Apocrypha in Late Antiquity
Selected Bibliography
Index of References
Index of Subjects

Chapter 8 The Hebrew Gospel in Early Christianity
3 Corinthians Pseudepigraphy and the Legacy of Ancient Polemics

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Lee M. McDonald is President Emeritus and Professor of New Testament Studies Emeritus of Acadia Divinity School, Nova Scotia and Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves as Scholar in Residence for the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles and the American Baptist Congregations of the Southwest and Hawaii.

James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary and director of the seminary's Dead Sea Scrolls Project. He is the author of The Beloved Disciple and co-editor of the Trinity Press Faith and Scholarship Colloquies (FSC) Series.

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