Introduction to Texts
There are a tremendous quantity of non-canonical Christian texts. Many of the oldest texts we have, such as the Gospel of Thomas, were only recently discovered in the 20th century; others, such as Pistis Sophia, had been rediscovered centuries earlier. And some have been generally available since their creation!
Most non-canonical Christian texts from the dawn of Christianity are in the public domain in the United States, meaning that they can be freely shared. Unfortunately, their translations often are not. Translators such as scholars and academics usually hold the copyright for the work they put into translating these texts into English. After all, we’re not reading the original text; we’re reading someone’s attempt at translating that text, which is never a word-for-word endeavor.
(Or, at least, it shouldn’t be, if it’s a good translation!)
That being said, some translators have graciously made their works available in the public domain– either that, or a sufficient amount of time has transpired without legal intervention that their works have passed into the public domain.
Below, you will find texts which we are able to share here on Non-Canonical Christianity. These are but a small percentage of all available Full-Length Non-Canonical Christian Texts, but unfortunately we can only share those publicly for free which we are legally authorized to do so.
List of Full-Length Non-Canonical Christian Texts
- The Gospel of Thomas
- Learn more about Jesus breaking gender rules in the Gospel of Thomas.
- Learn more about baptism and what it means for God to be a dyer.
- The Gospel of Mary
- The Gospel of Judas
- The Gospel of Philip
- Learn more about the sacrament of the bridal chamber in the Gospel of Philip.
- Learn more about hostile demonic powers and archons in the Gospel of Philip.
- Learn more about baptism in the Gospel of Philip.
- The Gospel of Truth
- The Gospel of Peter
- The Secret Book of James
- Learn more about why the Secret Book of James calls us to be bold.
- Learn more about how the Secret Book of James justifies non-canonical texts’ complexity.
- The Infancy Gospel of James
- The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
- The Stranger’s Book