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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.

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Jeremias, appeared under the heading 'Wechselgesprache Jesus mil seinen Jiingern nach seiner Auferstehung'). But it is perhaps best included, as in James (/INT34), within the 'Agrapha'. For studies of this text see: H. A. 12 (1908), 52-4. H. B. Swete, Zwei neue Evangelienfragmente (Bonn, 1908, 2I924) (= Kleine Texte 31). [The other 'new fragment' is P. Oxy. ] C. R. Gregory, Das Freer Logion (Leipzig, 1908). K. Haacker, 'Bemerkungen zum Freer-Logion', ZNW63 (1972), 125-9. W. L. Lane, The Gospel according to Mark (London, 1974), 606-u (Nea> London Commentary on the New Testament).

3. 6. 45 (Stahlin, p. , Excerpta ex Theodoto, 67 (ed. O. Stahlin, iii, GCS iy 2 (Leipzig, 1909; rev. L. Friichtel and U. Treu, Berlin, 1970), p. 129). 5 6 Ibid. 3. 9. 66 (Stahlin, p. 226): Why do they (heretics who reject marriage) not also quote the following words which were spoken to Salome, they, who sooner follow everydiing else dian die true evangelical canon? ' Ibid. 3. 13. 92 (Stahlin, p. ' And diis word we have not in die four gospels transmitted to us but only in die Gospel of die Egyptians.

And to all reasonable souls it has been said above: Whatever things any of you did in ignorance, not knowing God clearly, all his sins shall be forgiven him, if he comes to God and repents. Ibid. 6. 15. 128 (Stahlin, p. 496): Peter in the Preaching, speaking of the apostles, says, 'But, having opened the books of the prophets which we had, we found, sometimes expressed by parables, sometimes by riddles, and sometimes directly and in so many words the name Jesus Christ, both his coming and his death and the cross and all the other torments which the Jews inflicted on him, and his resurrection and assumption into the heavens before Jerusalem was founded, all these things that had been written, what he must suffer and what shall be after him.

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