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Acts of Paul
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A collection of stories about the Apostle Paul that likely dates to the mid-second century. This now noncanonical, but once popular, collection includes a series of “acts” by Paul, a pseudepigraphal correspondence between Paul and the Corinthians, and an account of Paul’s martyrdom in Rome. The work is included on the Codex Claromontanus canon list, although a dash next to its title may indicate that it was viewed as having lower authority, and the church father Eusebius classified it a “spurious work” (Ecclesiastical History 3.25.4; compare Origen, Princ. 1.2.3).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Acts of Paul
Acts of Paul A collection of stories about the Apostle Paul that likely dates to the mid-second century. This now noncanonical, but once popular, collection includes a series of “acts” by Paul, a pseudepigraphal correspondence between Paul and the Corinthians, and an account of Paul’s martyrdom in Rome.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Paul, Acts of
PAUL, ACTS OF. A 2d-century Christian writing recounting the missionary career and death of the apostle Paul and classed among the NT Apocrypha. In this work Paul is pictured traveling from city to city, converting gentiles and proclaiming the need for a life of sexual abstinence and other encratite
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Paul, Acts Of
Paul, Acts ofAn apocryphal acts of various traditions about the Apostle Paul. According to the 9th-century Stichometry of Nicephoros, it contained 3600 lines (compare the 2800 lines of the canonical Acts). About one third of the work is missing. Originally written in Greek, substantial parts of the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Paul, Acts of (Writing)
Paul, Acts of. †An apocryphal account of the travels of Paul dating to the late second century A.D. According to Tertullian (ca. 200), the author was a presbyter from Asia Minor who was deposed from office for his efforts, despite his claim to write “out of love for Paul” and despite his apparent
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Paul, Acts of St
Paul, Acts of St. An apocryphal Book, written in Greek and put into circulation in the latter half of the 2nd cent. Unlike most apocryphal ‘Acts’, it appears to have been the work of an orthodox Christian. It was compiled in Asia Minor, and is contained in its completest form in Coptic in a Heidelberg
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
Paul, Acts of (Writing)
Paul, Acts of. According to Tertullian (On Baptism 17), the Acts of Paul was written by a presbyter in Asia, who on conviction was removed from office, although he said he had done it “out of love for Paul.” The work, known also to Hippolytus and Origen, may therefore be dated to the 2nd cent. Eusebius
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
PAUL, ACTS OF
PAUL, ACTS OF. An early Christian apocryphal work that recounts the missionary activity and death of the apostle Paul. It is classified among the apocryphal acts of apostles, a genre not precisely delimited but marked by stock elements: focus on an apostle’s itinerant mission, an emphasis on sexual abstinence