James (1924). JAMES - The Apocryphal New Testament.

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CONTENTS PAGE PREFACE. . . ...... xi

Object of this collection . .‘ . . . . xi

Existence and purpose of the apocryphal writings. Their inadequacy. Their importance and interest . . xii

The meaning and use of the words apocrypha and apocryphal . . . . . . . xiii

Hone’s Apocryphal New Testament, misleading and un- original, based on a false view of the history of the Canon. The true state of the case . . xiv

The test of Canonicity, viz. use of books in public worship of Catholic congregations. Books which were so used but failed to obtain permanent recognition . . xvii

This collection not absolutely complete. Classes of writings not included in it: Gnostic Apocrypha, Books of Church Order, Liturgies, the Clementine literature, The Pseudo-Dionysian writings, books bearing names of Old Testament worthies, other late and unimportant compositions . . . xxii

Note.—Titles are italicized in the case of texts of which an abstract, not a full translation, is given.

FRAGMENTS OF EARLY GOSPELS, ETC.

The Gospel according to the Hebrews . . .  . 1 The Gospel of the Ebionites . . . : 8 The Gospel according to the Egyptians . . . 10 The Gospel of Philip . . . . . . . 12 The Gospel or Traditions of Matthias . . . . 12 The Gospel of Peter (ancient testimonies) . . . 13 The Gospel of Thomas (ancient testimonies) . . . 14

The Preaching of Peter . . . . . 16 LOST HERETICAL BOOKS :

The Birth of Mary . . . . . . . 19 The Lesser Questions of Mary . . . . . 20 The Ascents of James and other lost books . . . 20 The Memoria of the Apostles . . . . . 21

Lists of Apocryphal Books : The Gelasian Decree . . . . . . . 21