Tony Burke announced the first two volumes of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature series are now available. Along with Brent Landau, Burke edited New Testament Apocrypha, vol. 1: More Noncanonical Scriptures (Eerdmans, 2016, reviewed here). The two serve along with Janet Spittler as the editors of this new series. As Burke points out, these two new volumes are numbered volumes 7 and 8 because NASSCAL is continuing a series, the first six volumes of texts for Polebridge Press. Burke explains the relationship of NASSCAL and the More New Testament Apocrypha series on his blog if you are interested. For a short readable introduction to the New Testament Apocrypha, see Burke’s Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha (Eerdmans, 2014).
Now available are The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew and the Nativity of Mary, by Brandon W. Hawk, and The Protevangelium of James, by Lily C. Vuong. Pseudo-Matthew was ” a bestseller of mainstream medieval Christianity, this Latin apocryphon is a keystone in the explosion of apocryphal literature in the Middle Ages.” Matthew Hawk discusses some of the details of the document on his blog. The Protevangelium of James is perhaps more well-known; it collects legends and stories in life of the Virgin Mary.
The new volumes are now published by Wipf & Stock and are available as inexpensive paperbacks. Forthcoming Volumes in the Series include:
- The Infancy Gospel of Thomas, by Tony Burke
- The Ascension of Isaiah, by Catherine Playoust
- The Apocryphal Epistles of Paul, by Philip L. Tite
- The Gospel of Peter and the Preaching of Peter, by Ruben Dupertuis
- Legends of the Holy Rood Tree, by Stephen C. E. Hopkins
Earlier volumes published by Polebridge Press:
- The Acts of Andrew, by Dennis R. MacDonald
- The Epistle of the Apostles, by Julian V. Hill
- The Acts of Thomas, by Harold W. Attridge
- The Acts of Peter, by Robert F. Stoops Jr.
- Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, by Clayton N. Jefford
- The Acts of John, by Richard I. Pervo with Julian V. Hills