PSCO Presentation: 19 March, 2015

“New Testament Apocrypha and Christian Origins
from John Toland (1670–1722) to William Hone (1780–1842)”

Annette Yoshiko Reed (Penn)


Annette Yoshiko Reed will lead an informal discussion on "New Testament Apocrypha & Christian Origins from John Toland (1670–1722) to William Hone (1780–1842)." She plans to reflect on some fascinating forgotten figures in the modern construction of the category of "New Testament Apocrypha," taking up this year's theme of "Paths Not Taken" in relation to the shifted and debated place of non-canonical literature in scholarship on Christian Origins, both in the past and today. She will focus especially on the trajectory from John Toland (1670–1722) to William Hone (1780–1842), drawing on her ongoing work on Augustus Neander (1789–1850) as well. See below for details and suggested readings, most of which have been uploaded to our PSCO Facebook group page, and the rest of which will be soon.

Audio Recording

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Suggested Readings — Primary sources

John Toland, "A Catalogue of Books," in Amyntor (London, 1699), pp. 20-81 (available online)

John Toland, Nazarenus, or, Jewish, Gentile, and Mahometan Christianity (2nd revised edition; London, 1718). Read Preface and skim pp. 1-85 (available online)

William Hone, The Apocryphal New Testament (2nd ed; London, 1820), pp. iii-xv (Original Preface, Table of Contents, and Preface to Second Edition) (available online)

Suggested readings — Secondary sources

Annette Yoshiko Reed, "The Afterlives of New Testament Apocrypha," forthcoming in JBL.

Justin Champion, "Apocrypha, Canon, and Criticism from Samuel Fisher to John Toland (1650-1718)," in Champion et al., eds., Judaeo-Christian Intellectual Culture in the Seventeenth Century (Dordrecht, 1999) 91-117.

Matt Jackson-McCabe, "The Invention of 'Jewish Christianity' in John Toland's Nazarenus"; and F. Stanley Jones, "From Toland to Baur," in Jones, ed., The Rediscovery of Jewish Christianity (Atlanta, 2012), 67-90, 123-36.

Meeting and Dining

All are welcome! As usual, those interested are also welcome to join us for an informal dinner prior to the session. Those wishing to dine together before the seminar will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall and then walk next door to the food court in Houston Hall. Or, just meet us in the Houston Hall downstairs food-court between 6:00-6:45 p.m.

As usual, the PSCO seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. We meet in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall.