When the Gospel of Judas was published in 2006, it took the scholarly world by storm. Almost at once issues of presentation and interpretation appeared. This lecture traces the story of the Gospel of Judas, from before the time of the initial publication to the continuing saga about the appearance of additional fragments, and raises […]
This account introduces the bizarre adventures of the miracle-working, precocious, irascible child Jesus. Follow along as Goodacre describes several of the miracles attributed to Jesus during his childhood. This was part of the Animating Christian Apocrypha DVD.
The Gospel of Thomas is full of Jesus’ sayings and yet contains no passion narrative, no miracle stories and no story narrative. However, this valuable text may nevertheless shed light on the historical Jesus and the development of earliest Christianity. This was part of the Animating Christian Apocrypha DVD.
The Gospel of Philip is the most notorious among the lost gospels and features the lines that gave rise to the fictional account of Jesus’ life that featured so prominently in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. This was part of the Animating Christian Apocrypha DVD.
Discovered in 1958, the Secret Gospel of Mark depicts Jesus in a night-time encounter with a young man, but could this unusual text in fact be a modern hoax? Form your own opinion as Goodacre presents evidence both for and against forgery. This was part of the Animating Christian Apocrypha DVD.
First published by Harvard Divinity School in 2012, this tiny fragment features Jesus’ mention of “my wife.” But is it actually no more than a 21st-century forgery? In this lecture, Goodacre presents the known history of the text, the scholarly tests it has undergone and the potential for forgery. This was part of the Animating […]
A compelling prequel to the Gospels, the account known as the “Proto-Gospel of James” centers on the life of Mary and Joseph as well as narrates Jesus’ miraculous birth in a cave in Bethlehem. This was part of the Animating Christian Apocrypha DVD.
A number of pseudepigraphic works survive from Jewish and Christian antiquity. The Hebrew Bible contains at least two instances (Daniel and Ecclesiastes); the New Testament has many more (the Pastoral Epistles, 1 and 2 Peter, etc.). In each of these examples, an author falsely claims to be a famous person. Some scholars have argued that […]