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Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School

M.A., University of Southern California

B.D., Golden Gate Southern Baptist Seminary

B.A., Mississippi College

Charles W. Hedrick

Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Missouri State University, Missouri

Charles W. Hedrick is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Missouri State University. A retired U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain (Colonel) and Juvenile Probation Officer, Los Angeles County Probation Department; he has served as pastor of churches in Mississippi, California, and New York City. Hedrick was a member of the international team (UNESCO) of scholars who worked for several years in Cairo, Egypt, reconstructing and translating the Nag Hammadi Codices and later excavated at the site of the Nag Hammadi discovery. He is a distinguished author, translator, and teacher in the academic study of religion. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and a frequent contributor to The Fourth R.

This list includes in chronological order all books I have authored or edited.

The Apocalypse of Adam. A Literary and Source Analysis, 1980, 2005

Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism, and Early Christianity (with Robert Hodgson, Jr.), 1986, 2005

The Historical Jesus and the Rejected Gospels, 1988

Gospel Origins and Christian Beginnings. In honor of James M. Robinson (with James E. Goehring, Jack T. Sanders, and Hans Dieter Betz), 1990

Gnosticism and the Early Christian World. In Honor of James M. Robinson (with James E. Goehring, Jack T. Sanders, and Hans Dieter Betz), 1990

Nag Hammadi Codices XI, XII, XIII, 1990

Parables as Poetic Fictions. The Creative Voice of Jesus, 1994, 2005

When History and Faith Collide. Studying Jesus, 1999

The Gospel of the Savior. A New Ancient Gospel (with Paul Mirecki), 1999

Many Things in Parables. Jesus and his Modern Critics, 2004

Ancient Fiction. The Matrix of Early Christian and Jewish Narrative (with Jo-Ann Bryant and Chris Shea), 2005

House of Faith or Enchanted Forest, 2008

When Faith Meets Reason. Religion Scholars Reflect on their Spiritual Journeys, 2008

Unlocking the Secrets of the Gospel according to Thomas. A Radical Faith for a New Age, 2010

The Wisdom of Jesus. Between the Sages of Israel and the Apostles of the Church, 2014

Parabolic Figures or Narrative Fictions. Seminal Essays on the Stories of Jesus, 2016

Unmasking Biblical Faiths. The Marginal Relevance of the Bible for Contemporary Religious Faith, 2019