Apochryphal Gospels – Then and Now

Apochryphal Gospels – Then and Now


Apocryphal Gospels – Then and Now

There are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.’ (John 21.25)

So ends the Gospel of John, with an acknowledgement that it contained only a limited number of the traditions about Jesus. But is this statement simply mere authorial hyperbole, or does it reflect a reality that in the gospel writer’s day there were a vast number of stories and sayings attributed to Jesus that were in circulation? If, even to a limited extent, the author of the fourth gospel portrays the prevailing circumstances of his own day, it becomes fascinating to ask what happened to all these extra traditions concerning Jesus.

How did traditions about Jesus survive to the present time?

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2017 Programme of Events

Update: New dates for final two events of 2017

2017 Programme Revised

All meetings begin at 7:30pm

Date Venue by Title
Mon 14th Nov 16 Quaker Meeting House, Elliott Park, Keswick CA12 5NZ Cameron Butland Growing Spirituality in the Ecumenical County
Tues 28th March 17 St George’s URC, West Walls, Carlisle CA3 8UF Charlotte Methuen Luther and the Church in England
Wed 24th May 17 Penruddock URC, Lowther Street, Penrith CA11 7UW Jocelyn Bryan Narrative in Identity: Psychology and Theology in Conversation
Tues 20th June 17 St Mark’s CofE School, Oxenholme Lane, Natland LA9 7QH David Goodhew New Churches
Thurs 5th October URC Church, Main Street, Cockermouth CA13 9LU  Tim Herbert Identity from a Theological Perspective
Mon 6th November Carver Uniting Church, Lake Road, Windermere LA23 2BY  Jane Maycock How Our Story is Perceived