The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: Harvard Divinity School Studies

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Overview


This collection provides a rich, multilayered analysis of a long-neglected branch of early Christian apocryphal literature that examines the relationship between tradition and redaction, uses of language, and the fluid border between literary criticism and motif analysis. The introduction takes the reader on the journey of editing, translating, and interpreting apocryphal and hagiographic narratives on the apostles and the first Christians. The volume concludes with the critical edition of two previously unpublished Greek texts: a version of the Martyrdom of Ananias and a memoir on John the Evangelist.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Early Christian Studies

The collection of essays succeeds in increasing our understanding of early Christianity in the diversity of its communities, but also in its unity...Teachers who would like to orient their students to the methodology of editing early Christian manuscripts, particularly the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, will find a prize in Bovon's opening essay. Also, this collection should inspire others to follow Bovon's example: turn a doctoral seminar into a publishing house.
— D. Jeffrey Bingham

Theological Book Review

The fact that the chief editor and main contributor [of this book] is one of the world masters in the study of what he prefers to call 'early Christian apocryphal literature' adds to [its] authority...this book can be warmly recommended as a valuable guide to a little known and little worked area of early Christian history, literature and doctrine.
— Lionel North

Theological Book Review - Lionel North
The fact that the chief editor and main contributor [of this book] is one of the world masters in the study of what he prefers to call 'early Christian apocryphal literature' adds to [its] authority...this book can be warmly recommended as a valuable guide to a little known and little worked area of early Christian history, literature and doctrine.
Journal of Early Christian Studies - D. Jeffrey Bingham
The collection of essays succeeds in increasing our understanding of early Christianity in the diversity of its communities, but also in its unity...Teachers who would like to orient their students to the methodology of editing early Christian manuscripts, particularly the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, will find a prize in Bovon's opening essay. Also, this collection should inspire others to follow Bovon's example: turn a doctoral seminar into a publishing house.
Journal of Early Christian Studies
The collection of essays succeeds in increasing our understanding of early Christianity in the diversity of its communities, but also in its unity...Teachers who would like to orient their students to the methodology of editing early Christian manuscripts, particularly the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, will find a prize in Bovon's opening essay. Also, this collection should inspire others to follow Bovon's example: turn a doctoral seminar into a publishing house.
— D. Jeffrey Bingham
Theological Book Review
The fact that the chief editor and main contributor [of this book] is one of the world masters in the study of what he prefers to call 'early Christian apocryphal literature' adds to [its] authority...this book can be warmly recommended as a valuable guide to a little known and little worked area of early Christian history, literature and doctrine.
— Lionel North
Booknews
Provides a multilayered analysis of a long-neglected branch of the Christian literature of antiquity. After an introduction on editing, translating, and interpreting apocryphal and hagiographic narratives on the apostles and the first Christians, essays are devoted to topics such as connections between oral and written texts, reworkings of texts over time, language and stylistic characteristics of texts, and literary, philosophical, and religious motifs contained within the literature. Concludes with critical editions of two previously unpublished Greek texts. Distributed by Harvard U. Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945454182
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Religions of the World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

François Bovon is Frothingham Professor of the History of Religion, Harvard Divinity School.

Ann Graham Brock has taught at several universities and seminaries and published extensively on the topic of the New Testament and early Christian origins. She has also appeared in documentaries on the History Channel and the BBC.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Lawrence E. Sullivan

Preface François Bovon

Abbreviations

Short Titles

Editing the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles François Bovon

Performance and Rewriting

A. The "Prehistory" of "the Acts of Peter" Christine M. Thomas

B. The "Acts of Mark": Tradition, Transmission, and Translation of the Arabic Version Allen Dwight Callahan

C. Byzantine Witnesses for the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles François Bovon

Language

A. The Greek Language of the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: A Study in Style David H. Warren

B. Philological Aspects of the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles Evie Zachariades-Holmberg

Literary and Religious Studies

A. Political Authority and Cultural Accommodation: Social Diversity in the "Acts of Paul" and the "Acts of Peter" Ann Graham Brock

B. Ritual Epicleses in the Greek "Acts of Thomas" Caroline Johnson

C. Articulate Animals: A Multivalent Motif in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles Christopher R. Matthews

C. "She Became What the Words Signified": The Greek "Acts of Andrew's" Construction of the Reader-Disciple Laura S. Nasrallah

D. Physical and Spiritual Restoration: The Role of Healing Miracles in the "Acts of Andrew" David W. Pao

E. An Inquiry into the Relationship between Community and Text: The Apocryphal "Acts of Philip" 1 and the Encratites of Asia Minor Richard N. Slater

Appendices

A. "The Martyrdom of the Holy Apostle Ananias" (BHG 75y) François Bovon and Evie Zachariades-Holmberg

B. "The Memorial of Saint John the Theologian" (BHG 919fb) Yuko Taniguchi, François Bovon, and Athanasios Antonopoulos

Bibliography

Index of Biblical References

Index of Early Christian Apocrypha

Index of Ancient Texts and Authors

General Index

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