On-Line Dissertations

Readers are encouraged to submit links to their own dissertation or other known on-line dissertations. Please include a three or four-line summary of the work.

The Infancy Gospel of Thomas: The Text, its Origins, and its Transmission by Tony Burke (U.Toronto, 2001).

Presents a critical edition of four Greek recensions of the text (Greek A, B, D, and S) using all known published and unpublished manuscripts. Also features a comprehensive overview of scholarship on the text, an examination of the text's christology, and a discussion of how the gospel's portrayal of Jesus is consistent with ancient views of the ideal child.

The More Spiritual Gospel: Markan Literary Techniques in the Longer Gospel of Mark by Scott G. Brown (U. Toronto, 1999)

Brown contends that “Secret Mark” is more appropriately called a “mystical” or “more spiritual” gospel and, examined for its literary characteristics, appears to be an expanded version of Mark which elaborates and elucidates Markan themes and symbolism relating to discipleship and Christology.

Apostolic Commission Narratives in the Canonical and Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, by István Czachesz (U.  Groningen)

Czachesz offers a comprehensive overview of the commission narratives and arrives at a typology of the form. He looks also at the motif of divine commission in the literary environment of Early Christianity and discusses the role of apostolic commission narratives as biographical models.

The Apocryphal Acts of Andrew, by Fernando Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta (U. Groningen)