The article explores various non-canonical gospels and Apocryphal works that circulated during the early centuries of Christianity but were not included in the Bible's New Testament. Factors such as alignment with apostolic teachings and overall theological consistency influenced their exclusion. Examples include the Gospels of Truth, Philip, the Egyptians, Hebrews, and later Apocryphal writings like the "Acts of Paul" and the "Acts of Peter."
In this article, we explore the rich history of Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up. We delve into archaeological findings, ancient texts, and historical interpretations to paint a vivid picture of life in Nazareth during the first century. From the town's origins to its pivotal role in the life of Jesus, join us in exploring the intriguing past of this famous location.
This enlightening article delves into the fascinating journey of the New Testament text—its transmission, corruption, and eventual restoration. Discover how the inspired Word has been preserved over centuries, the challenges it faced, and the dedicated scholars who labored to restore it to its original words.
Papyrus 33 (P33) is a fourth/fifth-century manuscript of the Acts of the Apostles, containing only a portion of the text. Along with Papyrus 58, it formed part of a codex that contained a version of the Greek New Testament in the Alexandrian text-type. This chapter explores the significance of Papyrus 33 for the study of early Christianity and the textual history of the New Testament, and provides insight into its physical characteristics and current location at the Austrian National Library in Vienna.
The Rylands Library Papyrus P52, also known as the St John's fragment, is one of the earliest surviving manuscripts of the New Testament. This chapter examines its historical context, physical description, content analysis, significance, challenges, controversies, preservation, and future research. Discover the importance of studying ancient texts like Papyrus Rylands Greek 457 for the understanding of early Christianity and the history of the Bible.
There is a widespread belief among both professional scholars and laymen that the Bible now used by Christians is significantly altered from the historical documents upon which it was based. This, they say, is because of the Church’s agenda to make Jesus a divine figure. What is the truth?
Lucian of Antioch (c. 240 – January 7, 312), known as Lucian the Martyr, was a Christian presbyter, theologian, and martyr. He was noted for both his scholarship and ascetic piety. Was Lucian of Antioch the Path to the corrupt Byzantine Text, which led to the even more corrupt Textus Receptus, which lies as the foundation to the King James Version NT?
Justin Martyr was an early Christian apologist and philosopher. Most of his works are lost, but two apologies and a dialogue did survive.
Ignatius of Antioch [c.35-50 – c. 98-117 AD] also known as Ignatius Theophorus was an early Christian writer and bishop of Antioch. While en route to Rome, where he met his martyrdom, Ignatius wrote a series of letters.