Non-Canonical Texts

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Matthias?

The New Testament describes the Apostle Matthias as the man who joined the remaining eleven apostles and replaced Judas after Judas committed suicide. In Acts 1:21-22, Matthias is described as “one of the men who have accompanied (the disciples) during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and …

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Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical “Gospel of Philip”?

The Gospel of Philip is an ancient text purportedly written by the disciple who knew Jesus personally. But is this non-biblical text reliable? Was it really written by Philip? There are four characteristics of reliable eyewitness testimony, and the first attribute requires that the account be old enough to actually …

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Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical “Gospel of Mary”?

The Gospel of Mary is an ancient text purportedly written by the woman who knew Jesus personally. But is this non-biblical text reliable? Was it really written by Mary? There are four attributes of reliable eyewitness testimony, and the first requirement is simply that the account be old enough to …

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Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical “Gospel of Judas”?

The Gospel of Judas is an ancient text purportedly written by the disciple who knew Jesus personally. But is this non-biblical text reliable? Was it really written by Judas? There are four attributes of reliable eyewitness testimony, and the first requirement is simply that the account be old enough to …

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Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospel Attributed to Mark?

The Gospel of Mark is a reliable account of the life and ministry of Jesus, but this ancient document isn’t the only text attributed to this companion of Paul, Peter and Barnabas. Another slightly less ancient text called the Secret Gospel of Mark claims to have been written by the …

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Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospel Attributed to John?

The Gospel of John is a reliable addition to the New Testament Canon, but this ancient document isn’t the only text attributed to this disciple of Jesus. Another slightly less ancient text called the The Apocryphon of John claims to have been written by the same man who wrote the …

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Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Bartholomew?

Why Shouldn't We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Bartholomew

I’ve written at length about the late non-canonical gospels, and in this article, I’d like to investigate two documents attributed to Bartholomew. All of these texts were rejected by the Christian community even though they often contain nuggets of truth related to Jesus. They are elaborate stories, legends and fabrications, …

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Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to James?

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to James?

Many Christians (especially young believers) are unaware of the ancient non-Canonical stories and legends related to Jesus. Maybe that’s why so many are easily shaken by critics who claim these late religious fabrications are true. Some skeptics, like Bart Ehrman, maintain these non-canonical texts describe versions of Christianity lost to …

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