Mike Aquilina

The Origen of the Canon

Wednesday October 18th 2006, 3:01 am

Ben C. Smith continues his series on the early Christian canons with a second entry on The Origenic Canon. This one’s particularly interesting, as he must assemble Origen’s “list” from several different sources. Ben considers Origen’s treatment of much pseudepigrapha, the Gnostic and other fringey gospels, and the works of the Apostolic Fathers. If you haven’t been following this series, go back and read the whole thing.

I’m just now in the middle of Darrell Bock’s The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities — and I’m loving it. It’s (so far) a concise, readable, orthodox, and sane introduction to the Gnostic gospels. I hope to post my own review in November. Such a book is long overdue.