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The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: Harvard Divinity School Studies

The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: Harvard Divinity School Studies


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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 The volume concludes with the critical edition of two previously unpublished Greek texts: a version of the Martyrdom of Ananias and a memoir on John the Evangelist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780945454182
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/01/1999
Series: Religions of the World
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lawrence E. Sullivan

Preface François Bovon


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


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


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


Index of Biblical References

Index of Early Christian Apocrypha

Index of Ancient Texts and Authors

General Index

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