Category Apocrypha

The Afterlife of the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew Preview

This post is essentially a teaser for my upcoming presentation at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo next week. I’ll be presenting a paper titled “The Afterlife of the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew” on session 41, “The Scripturesque Middle Ages: Uses/Reception of Apocrypha along the Medieval North Sea,” organized by Stephen Hopkins, in Sangren 1320, […]

Forthcoming: “The Fifteen Signs before Judgment in Anglo-Saxon England: A Reassessment”

My article on “The Fifteen Signs before Judgment in Anglo-Saxon England: A Reassessment” is set to appear in JEGP later this year, after several years of working on the piece on and off. As I’ve mentioned before, the Fifteen Signs legend fascinates me, and I’ve revisited it at different times since I first came across it in graduate school. This […]

More New Testament Apocrypha and Medieval Studies

A little more than a week ago, the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature was held in Boston (November 18-21), and I’ve seen several posts in the last week about it. I’ve never been to the SBL, but I follow the conference and hope to attend at some point because of my continued […]

Visualizing Networks of Anglo-Saxon Apocrypha

A while back, I had a twitter conversation about using network visualization tools online for studying the connections between medieval texts and manuscripts. After this exchange, I figured that others might be interested in seeing some of my work and, more specifically, how I went about it. My main interests in network visualizations so far […]

Saint Matthew and Apocryphal Gospels

September 21 is the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, in the Western Christian tradition. (The feast for his nativity is May 6 in the West, and he also enjoys a number of other feast days throughout the year.) With these titles, he’s most well known as one of Jesus’ twelve disciples in the […]

Forthcoming: “The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, the Rule of the Master, and the Rule of Benedict”

For anyone who follows my blog, or my Twitter account, it’s obvious that the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew has been a major part of my research life over the last year and a half or so. (You can read more about other aspects of my work on Pseudo-Matthew here.) While I’ve been working on a new translation of […]

Two Thieves and a Funeral

Recently, I’ve been reading Mary Dzon’s new book, The Quest for the Christ Child in the Later Middle Ages (Philadelphia, PA: U of Pennsylvania P, 2017), and it’s turned out to be quite appropriate for the season of Lent leading up to Easter. This might seem somewhat odd, given the focus on Jesus’ childhood rather than […]

E-Clavis Entries

I’m happy to share two entries I’ve contributed to the e-Clavis for The North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature (NASSCAL): Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew Life of Judas As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve spent a lot of my time over the past year working on an introduction, translation, and commentary for the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew. The e-Clavis […]

Refugee Jesus in the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew

Recently, Casey Strine (Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern History and Literature at the University of Sheffield) wrote for the Huffington Post UK about “Ancient Christianity’s Opposition To Trump’s Proposal To Prefer Christian Refugees.” In the article, Strine musters different passages in the Bible that speak to early Jewish and Christian responses to refugees, relating them […]

What Do We Learn about Baby Jesus From Apocrypha?

Just before Christmas, Mark Hay published a piece over at Vice about certain accounts of Jesus’ miracles as a child. Specifically, Hay discusses apocryphal (extra-biblical or non-canonical, different terms for these stories that aren’t in the Bible) stories in which (in his words) “Lil’ Jesus used his divine powers to terrorize teachers, kill Jewish children, and […]