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.
Here is an audio recording of this session.
Here are the announcements that were omitted from the recording above.
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
William Hone, The Apocryphal New Testament (2nd ed; London, 1820), pp.
iii-xv (Original Preface, Table of Contents, and Preface to Second Edition)
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)
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,
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.