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Offline Benjamin the Red

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Profitable Narrative Gospels
« on: May 11, 2012, 11:06:33 AM »
I'm trying to broaden my knowledge of the Christian texts that are considered profitable to read, but were ultimately excluded from the canon. I know there are several threads about these kinds of books already, but I have a specific question that I think may merit its own thread (forgive me if you disagree!), so here it goes.

I was wondering if you knowledgeable folks were aware of any non-canonical but profitable Gospels that are written in a narrative format, like the canonical Gospels? I recently realized that I don't know of any. I know there are profitable Gospels like the Gospel of Nicodemus, but that is strictly a Passion Gospel, or like the Infancy Gospel of St. James, but that's not really a Gospel because it focused more on the Blessed Virgin (and indeed, is often called the "protoevangelium"). Also, I know of heretical Gospels like the Gospels of Thomas and Judas, both of which are Gnostic texts (and the Gospel of Thomas is also not a narrative Gospel, but I believe the Gospel of Judas is).

Regardless, to restate my question, I wanted to know if folks know of a non-canonical Gospel written in a narrative style, like the four canonicals, but is considered profitable to be read by the Fathers. I've thought about it, and hunted a bit, and can't come up with any, but I'd love to find some to read! Looking forward to responses...
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Re: Profitable Narrative Gospels
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2012, 12:06:35 PM »
Isn't Shepherd of Hermas a narrative?
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Re: Profitable Narrative Gospels
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012, 01:24:22 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus CHrist!
I recently realized that I don't know of any. I know there are profitable Gospels like the Gospel of Nicodemus, but that is strictly a Passion Gospel, or like the Infancy Gospel of St. James, but that's not really a Gospel because it focused more on the Blessed Virgin (and indeed, is often called the "protoevangelium").

This is the only of the pseudo-Gospels that has any legitimacy that I know of.  While this text itself is non-canonical, at least in the Ethiopian tradition, the vast majority of the events described are canonical, but in the hymns, Synaxarium, and other readings aside from the Scriptures.

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Re: Profitable Narrative Gospels
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012, 06:43:57 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus CHrist!
I recently realized that I don't know of any. I know there are profitable Gospels like the Gospel of Nicodemus, but that is strictly a Passion Gospel, or like the Infancy Gospel of St. James, but that's not really a Gospel because it focused more on the Blessed Virgin (and indeed, is often called the "protoevangelium").

This is the only of the pseudo-Gospels that has any legitimacy that I know of.  While this text itself is non-canonical, at least in the Ethiopian tradition, the vast majority of the events described are canonical, but in the hymns, Synaxarium, and other readings aside from the Scriptures.

stay blessed,
habte selassie

And we should keep in mind that those works that don't make up the canon are not necessarily deficient, they just aren't - themselves - the measuring stick, it in no way means that other early works (such as the Infancy Gospel) are trash, as certain Orthodox seem to think.
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