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Acts of Peter
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A noncanonical text that purports to recount stories from Peter’s life, particularly during his time in Rome. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period and is not included in any extant ancient Bibles. Eusebius, the first church father to mention the title of the work, did not accept it as canonical (Ecclesiastical History 3.3.2).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Acts of Peter
Acts of Peter A noncanonical text that purports to recount stories from Peter’s life, particularly during his time in Rome. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period and is not included in any extant ancient Bibles. Eusebius, the first church father to mention the title of the
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Peter, Acts of
PETER, ACTS OF. One of the earliest of the apocryphal acts of the apostles, the Acts of Peter reports a miracle contest between Simon Magus and the apostle Peter in Rome. It concludes with Peter’s martyrdom. The Acts of Peter was originally composed in Greek during the second half of the 2d century,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Peter, Acts Of
Peter, Acts of (BG, 4)One of the miracle-filled apocryphal acts, centering on a contest between Peter and Simon Magus in Rome (an elaboration on the encounter in the canonical Acts) and on the martyrdom of the apostle. In the competition with Simon, Peter enlists the aid of a dog and a baby, both of
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Peter, Acts of (Writing)
Peter, Acts of. †A New Testament apocryphon written ca. A.D. 185 and devoted to Peter’s arrival and activity in Rome, particularly his contest with Simon Magus and his eventual martyrdom. The work is often identified as a romance, due to its inclination toward the magical and peculiar. Two-thirds
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Peter, Acts of St
Peter, Acts of St. An apocryphal Book composed in Greek c. 180–90, perhaps in Asia Minor. Apart from the ‘Martyrdom of St Peter’ which forms part of it and survives in Greek as well as in several versions, most of it is preserved in Latin in a Vercelli MS. A Coptic fragment also survives which describes
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
Peter, Acts of (Writing)
Peter, Acts of. The earliest direct evidence for this work is a statement by Eusebius in which he says that “of the Acts bearing [Peter’s] name, and the Gospel named according to him, and what is said to be his Preaching, and the so-called Apocalypse, we have no knowledge at all in Catholic [i.e., orthodox]
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Apocrypha, Petrine
APOCRYPHA, PETRINEI. Gospel of PeterII. the Kerygma PetrouIII. Apocalypse of PeterIV. Acts of Peter.Several apocryphal Christian writings are collected under the name of Petrine apocrypha. They occur in a variety of literary genres, have the name Peter in common, and are dated between the 2nd and
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
PETER, ACTS OF
PETER, ACTS OF. Written in Gk. ca. 170–190 ce, probably in Asia Minor or in Rome, the Acts of Peter is one of the earliest and most influential apocryphal acts. Most of the text has survived only in a Lat. version, which has encratite themes (e.g., permanent celibacy in marriage, preferring death by