WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 21, 2016)—The Christian apocrypha didn’t make the cut into the Biblical canon. It was once believed that after the Church had determined the contents of the canon, all of these additional (noncanonical) texts were abandoned, hidden or destroyed. Until recent times there was no doubt—but now this “truth” may be unraveling.
Many early Christians may have regarded these apocryphal texts as sacred, York University Biblical scholar Tony Burke argues in “‘Lost Gospels’—Lost No More” in the September/October 2016 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.
“Today scholars of the Christian apocrypha are challenging this view of the loss and rediscovery of apocryphal texts,” explains Burke. “It has become increasingly clear that the Christian apocrypha were composed and transmitted throughout Christian history, not just in antiquity.”