This Very Short Introduction offers a clear, accessible, and concise account of the apocryphal gospels - exploring their origins, their discovery, and discussing how the various texts have been interpreted both within and outside the Church. Looking at texts ranging from the gospels from Nag Hammadi to the Dialogues with the Risen Savior, Paul Foster shows how the apocryphal gospels reflect the diversity that existed within early Christianity, and considers the extent to which they can be used to reconstruct an accurate portrait of the historical Jesus. Foster demonstrates how close analysis of text, contents, and context are vital in assessing the value and authenticity of such ancient documents. Including discussions of controversies and case-studies such as the alleged hoax surrounding the discovery of Secret Mark, Foster concludes that the non-canonical texts, considered in the correct context, can help us reach a more complete understanding of the multi-faceted nature of early Christianity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002703/bk_adbl_002703_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The unseen assailant attacked Dr. Miranda Jones outside her Maine home as she returned from a busy lecture tour. After terrorizing her with a knife held to her throat, he stole her purse, slashed her tires, and disappeared. Shaken and bruised, Miranda was determined to put the assault out of her mind, and welcomed the distraction offered by a summons to Italy to verify the authenticity of a Renaissance bronze of a Medici courtesan known as The Dark Lady. However, instead of cementing Miranda's reputation as a leading authority in her field, the bronze nearly destroys it when her professional judgment is called into question, and the bronze is declared a hoax. Desperate to restore her credibility and prove The Dark Lady is really a previously unknown work of Michelangelo, Miranda turns to Ryan Boldari, a seductive - and supposedly reformed - art thief. For Miranda, forced to rely on herself and a partner with his own hidden agenda, the only way home is filled with treachery, deception, and a danger that threatens everything she loves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erika Leigh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000639/bk_brll_000639_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the fourth century of the Christian era, the Emperor Constantine ordered the Bishop of Jerusalem to make fifty copies of the Holy Scriptures in Latin. His mother, Saint Helen, had gone to Jerusalem where she reportedly found true cross of Christ and brought with her an earth shaking secret to her son. The Emperor passed that secret on to the Bishop of Jerusalem and swore him and all of his successors to secrecy forever on pain of death and the loss of his soul. Over the 1600 years in the ensuing centuries it was believed that all copies of this Bible were lost. The episcopal custodians of the Bible in Jerusalem have kept in their possession the Bible received from the hands of the Emperor Constantine. They have diligently observed their vow of secrecy. Its revelation could destroy modern Christianity - until now. Bridget and Scott Donavan, dismissed in disgrace from their academic positions because perpetrating a hoax in their discovery of the true Crown of Thorns, learned that one of the Bibles is still in existence. If they can recover this valuable artifact and prove to the world its authenticity they will have a chance to redeem themselves. Their search takes them from the deepest recesses of the Amazon jungle to a penthouse in New York City where they meet a new member of their team imposed upon them by their benefactor. The word of the Bibles existence will certainly leak. Scurrying to Jerusalem to find it before anyone else can, they are intercepted by old enemies and new ones that were supposed to be friends. On learning of the Bibles existence the Vatican exhibited extreme interest in acquiring this Bible. One of its primary investigators, Father Jonathan McGregor, is dispatched to secure this sacred manuscript. The chase that ensues involves the FBI, urban terrorists, the Vatican, and other forces determined to hide the monumental secret in this Bible from the rest of the world. Bridget Donavan's archenemy is determined she will die b 1. Language: English. Narrator: John M. Perry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028250/bk_acx0_028250_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The incredible story of Han van Meegeren, the Dutch painter who produced faked Vermeers, fooled his Dutch fellowmen, sold one to Herman Goering, and finally had to confess his forgeries to save himself from the death penalty when he was accused for high treason. After the trial he became a national hero for cheating the Nazis.Han van Meegeren, was a Dutch painter who during World War II who painted copies - considered as better than the originals - of Vermeers, cheated the entire artistic community and even Herman Goering, and finally had to confess his fakes to save himself from the high treason charges for dealing with the enemy. This dramatic fiction is based on the impressive story of Han van Meegeren in the 1930s and during the Second World War, who managed to forge and sell six Vermeers and two Franz Hals for an updated amount of 100 million dollars. One of the Vermeers was purchased by Herman Goering, second in the hierarchy of the Third Reich. At the end of World War II, van Meegeren had to face the accusation of being a traitor to the country and had to confess his forgery to save his life.These confessions were an earthquake in the pictorial community of Holland and the whole world, since their falsifications had been accepted unanimously, and one of them, the “Christ in Emmaus” was considered the best Vermeer of them all. This fiction, based on real events, leads us to reflect on the concept of authenticity in art and the validity of traditional concepts of truth and beauty: Is a painting no longer beautiful when it is discovered as a forgery? Why do people lose interest in a work of art if it is not authentic? Why won't human nature allow us to enjoy the aesthetics of a fake Vermeer when we enjoyed it before finding out? Is the art business a hoax? Purchase this book to find out how a Dutch fooled the Nazis and became a national hero! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/154215/bk_acx0_154215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Walam Olum, occasionally spelled Walum Olum and usually translated as "Red Record" or "Red Score," is purportedly a historical narrative of the Lenape (also called "Delaware") Native Americans. The document has provoked controversy as to its authenticity since its publication in the 1830s by botanist and antiquarian Constantine Samuel Rafinesque. Ethnographic studies in the 1980s and analysis in the 1990s of Rafinesque''s manuscripts have produced significant evidence that the document is a hoax. Some Delaware people, however, believe Rafinesque based his writing on actual Lenape stories.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. "Ameranthropoides loysi" is allegedly a large primate encountered by François De Loys in South America. Apart from testimony of claimed eyewitnesses, the only evidence of the animal is one photograph. Controversy continues about the authenticity of the animal, with critics contending that the de Loys' Ape is a hoax and that the photograph shows only a posed spider monkey carcass, though cryptozoology enthusiasts and a few others support the notion that Loys did indeed encounter an unknown primate.
Melbourne, the late 1940s. A young conservative Australian poet named Christopher Chubb decides to teach his country a lesson about pretension and authenticity. Choosing as his target the most avant-garde of the literary magazines, he submits for publication the entire oeuvre of one Bob McCorkle, a working-class poet of raw power and sexual frankness, conveniently dead at twenty-four and entirely the product of Chubb's imagination. Not only does the magazine fall for the hoax, but the local authorities also sue its editor for publishing obscenity. At the trial someone uncannily resembling the faked photograph of the invented McCorkle, leaps to his feet. At this moment a horrified Chubb is confronted by the malevolent being he has himself manufactured...