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Acts of Andrew and Paul
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A later noncanonical work preserved only in a Coptic manuscript from the eighth or ninth century ad. The fragment that survives claims to purport a journey of Paul the Apostle to the underworld, where he encounters Judas. The text also claims that after Paul’s return from the underworld, he and Andrew visit a city where they have a dispute with a group of Jews who ultimately convert en masse. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period, nor could it have been based on its late date.Acts of Andrew and Paul should not be confused with the similarly named noncanonical, apocryphal acts: the Acts of Paul, the Acts of Andrew, and the Acts of Andrew and Matthias.(For further information on the Acts of Andrew and Paul and other works like it, see this article: Apocryphal Acts. For information on the process of canonization, see this article: Canon, New Testament.)
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Acts of Andrew and Paul
Acts of Andrew and Paul A later noncanonical work preserved only in a Coptic manuscript from the eighth or ninth century ad. The fragment that survives claims to purport a journey of Paul the Apostle to the underworld, where he encounters Judas. The text also claims that after Paul’s return from the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Andrew and Paul, Acts of (Writing)
Andrew and Paul, Acts of. A fragmentary story, extant only in Coptic, from one of the later apocryphal Acts. (Full Coptic text with French trans. by X. Jacques, Orientalia 38 [1969]: 187–213. Cf. NTAp, 2:449–50.) According to this work, Paul dives into the sea to visit Amente (the underworld), leaving
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ANDREW AND PAUL, ACTS OF
ANDREW AND PAUL, ACTS OF. A brief NT apocryphal narrative, composed in Syriac but extant only in Coptic. It was written possibly in the 3rd or 4th-cent. The narrative, recounts the journeys of Andrew and Paul and their fabulous encounters with non-Christians. The journey begins on a ship with Andrew