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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Aug. 12 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195182502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195182507
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By shr nfr on June 21 2004
Format: Hardcover
In this book Dr. Ehrman does an enumeration of many of the early Christian Gospels, Epistles, Apocalypses, and so forth that were written by some of the early Christians other than the proto-orthodox. Due to the nature of their authorship, these gospels did not make it into our current canon and are widely unknown by most people. As with all Dr. Ehrman's books, it is well written, although his contribution to the book is a brief introduction to each of the historical texts. Its primary audience appears to be those people who have an interest in the area and desire a brief statement about the group who wrote the book followed by what text is available from the early writings. It is by no means as exhaustive as "The New Testament Apocrypha" in two volumes by Wilhelm Schneemelcher and R. McL. Wilson. For most people though, this will not impede their appreciation of the topic and serve as a very good introduction to the area.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A Magill on Dec 30 2003
Format: Hardcover
Ehrman's Lost Scritures recieves high marks as a thorugh collection of early christian writings, covering most of the recorded diversity of the various sects. The translations, generally excellent, allow the reader considerable access to the period. Unfortunately, the introductory essays for each of the writings are not up to snuff, often terse and providing little background. While the author clearly intendended this as a companion addition to his other volume on early christian sects, the introductions should have been stronger. Particullarly vexing is that, as in the other volume, he dates varrious writings without laying out the reasoning for the date given. "Scholars estimate...", a term repeated frequently, leaves the reader wanting more details and a hearing of the case.
Despite this short coming, a collection like this is a must for anyone interested in christian antiquity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darin M. Wood on Oct. 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
An unbelievable resource and a much needed update / balance to Koester's Ancient Christian Gospels. As thorough a guide as will be found complete with a new translation. It would've been nice to compile this same information in the original languages in another volume but what's here is great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brother Garold on March 11 2004
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This book, along with Ehrman's "Lost Christianities", is an excellent introduction to the complexities of early Christianity.
Not as technical and "foot-note-y" as Schneemelcher and Wilson's "New Testament Apocrypha" but more detailed than Barnstone's "The Other Bible" and "The Gnostic Bible", this is a handy anthology for both scholar and layman.
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