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Pedagogical reflections on New Testament apocrypha: more noncanonical scriptures, volume 2

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New Testament Apocrypha, noncanonical texts, pedagogy, Zoroastrianism, Mary Magdalene

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In this review article, the author makes the case for Tony Burke’s recent second volume of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (Eerdmans, 2020) as a publication that can help historians and scholars of religion navigate the convoluted warrens of ancient Christian literature. Adopting a pedagogical lens, the author argues that this volume goes deeper than standard tomes like Marvin Meyer’s Nag Hammadi Scriptures (HarperOne, 2007), offering its audience a more rigorously up-to-date picture of the state of Apocrypha research. The level of rigour and detail on display here might also make the volume more suitable for graduate or upper-level undergraduate courses. In order to support his presentation of the pedagogical value of Burke’s work, the author draws on specific examples rooted in several primary sources contained therein, from the Old Uyghur Adoration of the Magi to the Byzantine Life of Mary Magdalene.

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Hannan, S. (2023). Pedagogical reflections on New Testament Apocrypha: More noncanonical scriptures, volume 2. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 52(4).


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