Man-Made Religion at Its Best: Review of a "New New Testament": Part 3
This article offers a review of the last part of Hal Taussig's A New New Testament. It identifies historical, methodological, and theological problems in the book. Taussig has written a new set of Scriptures to accomodate his new theology.
Review of a "New New Testament": Part 1
This article offers a review of the book by Hal Taussig, A New New Testament, a book that argues that apocryphal literature should be regarded as scriptural. The review starts with the inside flap of the book cover, showing how already here, statements are misleading.
Ten Basic Facts about the NT Canon That Every Christian Should Memorize: #2: "Apocryphal Writings Are All Written in the Second Century or Later"
This article stresses that all apocryphal writings are dated to the second century or later. It also explains why there are no compelling reasons to accept these later texts over the New Testament canon.
What about the Back of the So-Called Gospel of Jesus' Wife?
This article enters into the discussion on the so-called Gospel of Jesus' Wife and draws attention to the back side of the fragment, which has a faded Coptic script, with the spacing between the lines as greater than the spacing on the front side. The author considers how this supports the hypothesis that the fragment is a modern forgery.
Apocryphal Books in Early Christian Codices: Evidence for Their Canonical Status?
Why were the Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistle of Barnabas both included in one of the earliest complete New Testament manuscripts? This article considers this question, and argues that their inclusion was according to the standard structure of canonical lists in their time period.
The Apocrypha Are Not Canonical
Review of a "New New Testament": Part 2
This article offers a review of the book by Hal Taussig, A New New Testament, a book that argues that apocryphal literature should be regarded as scriptural. The review interacts with the book's introduction, where the author offers his apologetic for the book. This article shows that the author's claims regarding the origins and dates of the books are deceptive, as are his remarks on when the current New Testament came into existence.
Ten Misconceptions about the NT Canon: #6: "In the Early Stages, Apocryphal Books Were as Popular as the Canonical Books"
Were the apocryphal gospels as popular and widespread as the canonical gospels? This article argues to the contrary, with three pieces of evidence: the extant manuscripts, the (in)frequency of their citation, and the way they are cited. The majority of early Christians preferred the books that are now in our New Testament canon.
The Maccabean Martyrs' Contribution to Holy War
This article reflects upon the theme of holy war in the Maccabean literature by examining 2 Maccabees and 4 Maccabees. It wants to demonstrate that the martyr theology ultimately has its genesis in the book of Daniel.
Alphabetical Reference List for Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
In this article the author attempts to give a reference list that contains at least one text and translation for every Old Testament Apocrypha and pseundepigrapha. He also lists an introduction, an estimated date of writing, and a concordance.