Narrative of Joseph of Arimathea (CANT 76): Several Works in Progress

Having completed original critical editions, introductions and translations of several medieval legends about Saint Dismas (CANT 78.2, 78.3, 78.4) and sent them off for publication, I’m now moving on to focus on CANT 76, the Greek Narrative of Joseph of Arimathea (Nar. Ios.). This text should be noted as distinct and largely different in content from CANT 77, a Georgian text by the same name which Bradley Rice has edited, introduced and translated for the Eerdmans More Christian Apocrypha series.

Just today I signed a contract to contribute a 1,500 word article about Nar. Ios. to the Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. Thank you to Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Karin Eastman, and David Eastman for their invitation to contribute!

I’m also consulting with Rémi Gounelle of Strasbourg about how best I can help with his work on the forthcoming CCSA critical edition of Nar. Ios. and about revising an SBL presentation I gave on Nar. Ios. into a journal article for submission. At the same time, I’ll be working up the e-Clavis entry for this text as well.

Nar. Ios. has been fairly recently introduced and translated by Bart Ehrman and Zlatko Pleše in their book Apocryphal Gospels as well as by Albert Frey and Bernard Outtier in Écrits apocryphres chrétiennes. Nevertheless, the text has been studied very little, the range of its postulated dates has been very broad (4th-12th centuries), and its seminal significance for the start of the cult of Saint Dismas / San Dimas as well as many other fascinating areas has gone largely overlooked. These areas I will endeavor to elucidate in my forthcoming publications.