Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Christian Apocrypha

Christian Apocrypha

MONDAYS 2:00-5:00
MES 381  (40732)

Course Description:

This seminar investigates the large corpus of literature known as the Christian Apocrypha: writings about Jesus and other foundational Christian figures that are not included in the present-day New Testament. We will first explore methodological issues with this collection of texts and then examine some of the most important apocryphal Christian writings and their history of scholarship.


Meet the Professor

Brent Landau is a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies. He received his Th.D and M.Div from Harvard University and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa. Brent’s chief research is on ancient Christian apocryphal writings. Among this literature, he is particularly interested in traditions about Jesus’ birth and childhood and in fragments of Christian Apocrypha preserved on papyri. His first book, Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men’s Journey to Bethlehem, was published by HarperCollins in 2010, and included an annotated translation of the text and an introduction and conclusion designed for a general audience. He is presently completing the full critical edition of this text. Brent is also the co-editor of a new anthology of the Christian Apocrypha. Published by Eerdmans and entitled New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, the first volume of the series will appear in 2016.

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