Thanks to all who've posted so far. Some points arising.
Since Karen L. King was one of the members of the panel, I wonder if she's included a complete copy of The Gospel of Jesus' Wife? No one
else seems to want to publish it, lol.
Tsk, tsk. That's unkind. Anybody could have made that mistake
I was very surprised that the panel went 8/10 Gnostic texts for their new material. Of the non-Gnostic amterial, Paul and Thecla
is a great
read, and the Odes of Solomon
are beautiful. Taussig stretched the Odes
into four "books," placing each of the four adjacent to a
different set of other books.
That's not a "church council", any more than you and me meeting at home would be a church council.
A church council has been commissioned to represent the church at large.
A small minority of "we don't want the traditional church teaching any more" people does not match the definition.
Of course, I wasn't part of their project. I can only pass along what they seem to be saying about what their intent was. I suppose (just my personal
take) that part of their point was to question the legitimacy of the existing canon, even though they didn't remove anything from it, and to give a
"worked example" of how a canon-setting group would acquire legitimacy, in their view. For example, open process, inclusiveness, and that the
selections "complement" each other.
It is interesting, I think, that they are careful to bound their "legitimacy" in both time and space. Their choices are for this century, rather
than for all time, and for North America, not the world. I think those bounds are significant.
Do you think that this group is devoted to mysticism? I'm not so sure that's how they ended up with so many Gnostic pieces. It sounds as if The
Thunder: Perfect Mind
made it in because the narrator of the poem is a woman (or at least a female spirit). The rap about the Thanksgiving
and Prayer of the Apostle Paul
seems to be that the existing New Testament didn't have many prayers in it.
I am not complaining, because I know it is often hard to answer "why?" questions about the actions of a committee. Still, it's hard to believe that
the only place they could find ancient Christian prayers was in the Nag Hammadi cache.