By Bart D. Ehrman
Whereas most folk imagine that the twenty-seven books of the hot testomony are the single sacred writings of the early Christians, this isn't in any respect the case. A spouse quantity to Bart Ehrman's misplaced Christianities, this e-book deals an anthology of updated and readable translations of many non-canonical writings from the 1st centuries after Christ—texts which have been for the main half misplaced or ignored for nearly millennia. here's an array of remarkably various writings from early Christian teams whose visions of Jesus fluctuate dramatically from our modern knowing. Readers will locate Gospels supposedly authored via the apostle Philip, James the brother of Jesus, Mary Magdalen, and others. There are Acts initially ascribed to John and to Thecla, Paul's woman better half; there are Epistles allegedly written by way of Paul to the Roman thinker Seneca. and there's an apocalypse by means of Simon Peter that gives a guided journey of the afterlife, either the fantastic ecstasies of the saints and the horrendous torments of the damned, and an Epistle by means of Titus, a significant other of Paul, which argues web page after web page opposed to sexual love, even inside marriage, in view that actual intimacy results in damnation. In all, the anthology comprises fifteen Gospels, 5 non-canonical Acts of the Apostles, 13 Epistles, a few Apocalypes and mystery Books, and several other Canon lists. Ehrman has integrated a normal creation, plus short introductions to every piece. this crucial anthology provides readers a brilliant photo of the diversity of ideals that battled one another within the first centuries of the Christian period.