This book is a readable and analytical survey of those important but little-known Christian documents of the second and third centuries which are collectively referred to as the New Testament Apocrypha, and is intended to serve both as an introductory guide for interested clergy and laity, but also as a useful reference for those pursuing higher research. Questions of the manufacture of the codices, the transmission of the texts, the discovery of the lost and hidden books, and of the classification of the documents are considered, and the books are placed and critically examined in their geographical and social setting.
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Number of pages: 204
Weight: 294 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 10 mm
demonstrates careful awareness of patristic sources regarding sources of these texts and provides a helpful categorization of types of documents with respect to familiar New Testament documents. He also provides a helpful discussion of the origin and particular emphases of Gnosticism. Daniel M. Gurtner, Society of Biblical Literature, September 2004
"Lapham provides a very readable account of the various New Testament apocryphal books" Allan M. Harman, Reformed Theological Review 66:1 --Sanford Lakoff "Reformed Theological Journal "