Noncanonical examples of apocalyptic literature. The biblical style of writing seems to have inspired a number of nonbiblical writings. The phrase “apocalyptic literature” is used to describe some of the noncanonical writings called the Apocrypha. The books that form the Apocrypha are included in some Bibles between the Old and New Testaments. CHAPTER 1 1 I am Joseph of Arimathea, who begged from Pilate the body of the Lord Jesus for burial, and who for this cause was kept close in prison by the murderous and God-fighting Jews, who also, keeping to the law, have by Moses himself become partakers in tribulation and having provoked their Lawgiver to anger, and not knowing that He was God, crucified Him and made Him manifest to those. For he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. Acts 17:22-31 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.The Twelve Apostles
1And calling His twelve disciples to Him, Jesus gave them authority over unclean spirits, so that they could drive them out and heal every disease and sickness. 23Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;…
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them,
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and knelt down to make a request of Him.
These are the twelve He appointed: Simon (whom He named Peter),
Meanwhile, the apostles gathered around Jesus and brought Him news of all they had done and taught.
When daylight came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also designated as apostles:
Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew;
So Jesus asked the Twelve, 'Do you want to leave too?'
Jesus answered them, 'Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!'
He was speaking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. For although Judas was one of the Twelve, he was later to betray Jesus.
When they arrived, they went to the upper room where they were staying: Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God…
Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers…
And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
In January I submitted the completed manuscript of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures volume 2 to the publisher, Eerdmans. I was soon informed that the volume was too large. The first volume is around 600 pages; the second is close to 700. Eerdmans want some uniformity to the series and asked to reduce the book by 100 pages. As a consolation, they promised that the excised material could appear in a third volume. Additional volumes were always a possibility but were contingent on the success of the first two. Eerdmans seems to be confident enough in the series for it to continue.
But what texts do I cut? Some of our contributors are in the early stages of their careers; it is far more important for their work to be published sooner rather than later. Several of us with multiple texts in the volume volunteered to hold off on some of our work and a few other contributors agreed to wait for volume 3. But I don’t want people to wait long, so I spent the past few weeks working with our past contributors to put together a preliminary list of texts to fill the third volume. This is what we came up with:
Canonical Vs Non Canonical
The Apocryphon of Jesus’ Baptism (Ostracon Aberdeen 25)
The Acts of Andrew and Paul
The Acts of Andrew and Philemon
The Acts of John by Prochorus
The Acts of John in the City of Rome
The Acts of Mark
The Acts of Peter in the City of Rome
The Decapitation of John the Forerunner
The Dialogue of Jesus with the Devil
The Dialogue of Mary and Christ on the Departure of the Soul
The Dream of Nero
The Dream of the Rood
The Encomium of Barnabas by Alexander Monachos
The Epistle of James to Quadratus
The Epistles of Ignatius to John and the Virgin Mary
The Epistles of Longinus, Augustus, Ursinus, and Patrophilus
The Gospel of the Twelve
The Hospitality and Perfume of the Bandit
John and Cerinthus (Irenaeus, Haer. 3.3.4; Eusebius, Hist. eccl. 3.28)
Latin Lives of Mary Magdalene
The Martyrdom of Zechariah
Excerpts from the Miracles of Jesus
On the Star by Pseudo-Eusebius of Caesarea
The Preaching of Philip
The Preaching of Simon Cephas in the City of Rome
The Questions of John
The Revelation of Matthew about the End Times
The Revelation of the Lord’s Prayer
The Vision of Theophilus
List Of Non Canonical Books
As with volume 2, the line-up could, and likely will, change before publication. Minecraft 2.0 snapshot. But if it’s any comfort, there are still plenty of other texts that can fill in the gaps if any cancellations occur. I am grateful to Eerdmans for committing to a third volume and to the contributors for their continued involvement in the series.