Paul C. Dilley examines this phenomenon particularly for the Western church in “The Invention of Christian Tradition: ‘Apocrypha,’ Imperial Policy, and Anti-Jewish Propaganda,” Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 50 (2010), pp. 586–615. Interest in this area of study has led to the creation of a new series from Penn State University Press called Inventing Christianity, edited by L. Stephanie Cobb and David L. Eastman.