Professor Elliott will concentrate on the New Testament but will discuss why, for instance, the Gospel of Thomas or the so-called gnostic gospels (which Dan Brown relied on to claim that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene) are not ‘holy scripture’.
Professor Elliott has suggested these texts for further reading related to his lecture:
- J.K. Elliott, The Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation based on M.R. James (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993; paperback 2005) .
- J.K.Elliott, The Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996; revised paperback 2006).
- David R. Cartlidge and J. Keith Elliott, Art and the Christian Apocrypha (London and New York
- Edgar J. Goodspeed, Strange New Gospels (New York: Books for Libraries — Essay Index Reprint Series) , 1971 based on the 1931 edition).
- Elaine Pagels and Karen King, Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (New York and. London: Penguin Books; paperback 2007).
Richard Valentasis, The Gospel of Thomas (London and New York: Routledge, 1997).