J. K. Elliott
References are to be found in lists of disputed texts and in the writings of the church fathers to gospels which cannot now be identified with any extant works. The contents of parts of some of these can be ascertained, but our knowledge is second‐hand. It is not surprising to discover that gospels that were deemed to be unorthodox eventually disappeared from view: what is surprising is that so many apocryphal works did survive, often despite official disapproval.
In the following pages some of the more significant lost gospels are described. Those known only by a mere title are listed at the end of this section (number 5).
1. Jewish‐Christian Gospels:
- (a) The Gospel according to the Hebrews
- (b) The Gospel of the Nazaraeans
- (c) The Gospel of the Ebionites
2. The Gospel of the Egyptians
3. The Traditions of Matthias
4. The Preaching of Peter
5. Other Lost Gospels.