This book by Tim Newton is excellent and introduced me to some gospels I’d never heard of. It’s a real education to read the Gospel of St Thomas and recognise some of the sayings but not all of them. Why was the gospel nor included in the Bible but others were, and who decided this?
These texts are newly translated from their original language and are accompanied by concise explanations of their relevance. The materials have survived in fragments and snippets and many challenge the current understanding. The Gospel of the Hebrews introduces an alternative account of The Resurrection. Clement of Alexandria quotes from a secret Gospel of Mark whereas Celsus claims Mary had an adulterous affair with a Roman soldier Panthera and the result was Jesus.