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Apocalypse of Stephen
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Also called the Revelation of Stephen. A noncanonical, lost text only known by its condemnation in the sixth-century Gelasian Decree (which also condemns the Apocalypse of Thomas). The Apocalypse of Stephen was never widely authoritative in the early church.Migne’s Patrologia Latina includes two accounts by Lucian on the discovery of Stephen’s relics—some scholars propose that these accounts may be the Revelation listed by the Decretum Gelasianum (Schneemelcher, New Testament Apocrypha, 694; Elliott, Apocryphal New Testament, 683).In a Slavonic legend of the death of Stephen, the pseudonymous Stephen recounts the book of Revelation to a crowd that declares him blasphemous. Caiaphas then has him arrested and beaten (James, Apocryphal New Testament, 565). This version of Stephen’s conflicts is likely the “narrative of Lucian” that was known to Augustine. It includes the revelation of the bodies of Stephen, Gamaliel, Gamaliel’s son, and Nicodemus (c. 415 ad; James, Apocryphal New Testament, 565). This may be the same as the Apocalypse of Stephen or a variation of it.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Apocalypse of Stephen
Apocalypse of Stephen Also called the Revelation of Stephen. A noncanonical, lost text only known by its condemnation in the sixth-century Gelasian Decree (which also condemns the Apocalypse of Thomas). The Apocalypse of Stephen was never widely authoritative in the early church.Migne’s Patrologia Latina
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Stephen, Revelation of
Stephen, Revelation of An apocryphal apocalypse rejected in the so-called Gelasian Decree. No such work has been found, and nothing more is known about it. Some have suggested that the Gelasian Decree refers not to an apocalypse but to an account of the discovery of Stephen’s bones, written by Lucian
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Stephen, Apocalypse Of
Stephen, Apocalypse ofAn apocryphal book, no longer extant, listed by the 6th-century Decretum Gelasianum among works to be rejected by the Church. Some scholars contend that this is a mistaken reference to a document composed in 415 c.e. which tells of Lucian’s discovery of the relics of Stephen. While
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Stephen, Apocalypse of (Writing)
Stephen, Apocalypse of. An “apocalypse ascribed to Stephen,” listed in the sixth-century Gelasian Decree and rejected as apocryphal. This work is not now extant unless it is to be identified with an account, written ca. 415 by an elder named Lucian, of a vision that led Lucian to the discovery of the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Stephen, Revelation of
Stephen, Revelation of. An apocryphal apocalypse mentioned by some of the post-Nicene apologetes as a text popular among the Manichean heretics. No known text of the work is now extant; however, it has been often assumed that it was a recitation or narrative about the reappearance of Stephen, the first
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
STEPHEN, REVELATION OF
STEPHEN, REVELATION OF. The Revelation of Stephen, known only in a Slavonic version, details the final days before Stephen’s martyrdom, recounted in Acts 6:1–8:1. The narrative, set two years after Jesus’ death, purports to describe Stephen’s contest with the crowds in Jerusalem over the significance