By Bart D. EhrmanWhereas most folks imagine that the twenty-seven books of the recent testomony are the one sacred writings of the early Christians, this isn't in any respect the case. A better half quantity to Bart Ehrman's misplaced Christianities, this publication bargains an anthology of up to date and readable translations of many non-canonical writings from the 1st centuries after Christ—texts which have been for the main half misplaced or ignored for nearly millennia. this is an array of remarkably assorted writings from early Christian teams whose visions of Jesus fluctuate dramatically from our modern realizing. Readers will locate Gospels supposedly authored through the apostle Philip, James the brother of Jesus, Mary Magdalen, and others. There are Acts initially ascribed to John and to Thecla, Paul's girl spouse; there are Epistles allegedly written by way of Paul to the Roman thinker Seneca. and there's an apocalypse by means of Simon Peter that provides a guided journey of the afterlife, either the wonderful ecstasies of the saints and the horrendous torments of the damned, and an Epistle through Titus, a spouse of Paul, which argues web page after web page opposed to sexual love, even inside of marriage, considering the fact that actual intimacy ends up in damnation. In all, the anthology contains fifteen Gospels, 5 non-canonical Acts of the Apostles, 13 Epistles, a couple of Apocalypes and mystery Books, and a number of other Canon lists. Ehrman has integrated a normal creation, plus short introductions to every piece. this crucial anthology offers readers a brilliant photograph of the diversity of ideals that battled one another within the first centuries of the Christian period.