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What others are saying about The Missing Gospels "Darrell Bock has written a timely and valuable study for anyone curious about the question of lost or missing gospels. The Missing Gospels is a breath of sanity!"
-Philip Jenkins, Professor of History and Religious Studies, Penn State

"Those who don't want their prejudices disturbed will want to avoid this book. Those with an
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Nelson Books (first published August 1st 2006)
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Feb 03, 2016 Ac added it
Good scholarly analysis of the Nag Hammadi texts vs traditional texts. Wouldn't recommend it for people who know little to nothing on the subject because on many occasions i had to google things because i didnt recognize the terms/words/phrases being used. That said, it gives a good overview of the claims made by the "new school" and offers a very technical evaluation of these new claims. He shows that the gnostic texts simply do not coincide with the teaching and oral tradition of the early chu ...more
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Nov 04, 2012 Dad Bowers rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ministers
Recommended to Dad by: Paul Siebert
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Bock seeks to show the weakness of the popular ideas that other Christian faiths developed parallel to orthodoxy but simply orthodoxy won out! Tho a bit technical and it takes an effort to read and learn the issues, it is worthwhile.
He counters ideas of the ‘new school’ of Walter Bauer, and modern popular writings of Bart Ehrman and Dan Brown, etc. He proceeds by examining a large sampling of the new materials, especially those like the Gospel of Thomas found at Nag Hammadi and a sampling of th
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Recommends it for: Those Curious about Church History
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I think this is an excellent book and study of the different Orthodox texts in contrast to the Gnostic texts, their contents, dating, and analysis. As Bock points out the New School of Early Church History has tried a revisionist leap without much data to support their claims of the early dating of the Gnostic equality to the Orthodox Christian Faith. This book came out around the same time as the whole Gospel of Judas thing, but he does touch on it briefly.
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Darrell L. Bock is a New Testament scholar and research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, United States. Bock received his PhD from Scotland's University of Aberdeen.
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