This new edition should become an indispensable tool for students of the Jesus tradition and others interested in the development and interpretation of Christian scripture. Gathered together in one volume are new English translations of all the known gospels–canonical and extracanonical, complete and fragmentary–from the first centuries of the Christian era. Each translation is preceded by a brief introduction and accompanied by extensive notes; all are cross-referenced to facilitate comparison. The Complete Gospels is the first phase of a new translation of the Bible from the ancient languages into American English as it is spoken and written in North America today. The translators are eminently qualified scholars who have worked independently of ecclesiastical control. The result is a lively, consistently accessible but sometimes surprising translation that allows diverse literary creations to speak with a variety of voices that gives fresh insight into the diversity of communities and personalities that composed them.