New Testament Apocrypha, Volume 1: Gospels and Related Writings, Revised
By Wilhelm Schneemelcher; R. McL. Wilson, trans. / Westminster / John Knox
Here you will find works from the second century forward--including Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Mary, and others--written in imitation of the canonical gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Many of these texts have the purpose of advancing a Gnostic agenda. Scholars believe some may contain authentic sayings of Jesus not found in the New Testament, but it is extremely difficult at this late date to distinguish the genuine from the apocryphal. The main value of these writings is in the testimony they make to the priority of the New Testament documents. --Steve
This book reflects current research findings. This revised edition is a translation of the sixth German edition, just as the original English New Testament Apocrypha was a translation of the third German edition. Some of the texts have been newly translated, others completely revised. Either the introductions to individual texts have been completely rewritten, or they have been thoroughly revised. The bibliograhpical data in all sections have been updated as well.