The Many Faces of Christ
The Thousand-year Story of the Survival and Influence of the Lost GospelsBook - 2015
"In The Many Faces of Christ, religious historian Philip Jenkins refutes our most basic assumptions about the Lost Gospels and the history of Christianity. He reveals that hundreds of alternative gospels were never lost, but survived and in many cases remained influential texts, both outside and within the official Church. We are taught that these alternative scriptures--such as the Gospels of Thomas, Mary, or Judas--represented intoxicating, daring and often bizarre ideas that were wholly suppressed by the Church in the fourth and fifth centuries. In bringing order to the tumult, the Church canonized only four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The rest, according to this standard account, were lost, destroyed, or hidden. But more than a thousand years after Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and made his Roman Empire do the same, the Christian world retained a much broader range of scriptures than would be imaginable today."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: 229.8 JEN 2015
Characteristics: ix, 326 pages : map ; 25 cm