By J. K. Elliott
This number of apocryphal texts supersedes the best-selling variation by means of M.R. James, which was once initially released in 1924. a number of new texts have come to gentle because 1924 and the textual base for many of the apocrypha formerly translated via James is now safer, as in numerous instances there at the moment are lately released serious versions on hand. even supposing a modest addition to James's variation was once made in 1953, no thorough revision has formerly been undertaken. during this quantity, J.K. Elliott offers new translations of the texts and has supplied each one of them with a brief advent and bibliography for readers who desire to pursue additional the problems raised within the texts or to refer to the serious versions, different translations, or normal experiences. The translations are in smooth English, not like James's planned imitation of the language of the approved model. the gathering is designed to provide readers crucial or recognized of the Christian apocrypha and a small pattern of gnostic texts. complete translations of the earliest texts are published, in addition to a few by-product apocrypha.