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Apocryphal Acts
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A noncanonical group of texts from the second and third centuries ad that claim to narrate the journeys of the apostles John, Paul, Peter, Andrew, and Thomas, giving sometimes fantastical accounts of their preaching, working of miracles, and deaths. These texts, some of which contain gnostic elements, date after the canonical New Testament books. The only one of these works to appear on a canon list is the Acts of Paul (and it may have been viewed as having a lower status of authority). None of the remaining apocryphal acts were widely authoritative in the early church period and Eusebius, the first of the church fathers to refer to them directly, condemned these works as heretical and indicated that the Acts of Paul was also one of the “spurious works” (Ecclesiastical History 3.25.4–6).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Apocryphal Acts
Apocryphal Acts A noncanonical group of texts from the second and third centuries ad that claim to narrate the journeys of the apostles John, Paul, Peter, Andrew, and Thomas, giving sometimes fantastical accounts of their preaching, working of miracles, and deaths. These texts, some of which contain
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Apocryphal Acts
Apocryphal Acts A body of extracanonical writings of the 2nd and 3rd cents a.d.Originally the designation apocryphal meant “hidden” [<GK. apokrýptō—‘hide’], particularly in reference to the claims of some sects to preserve a tradition of secret doctrine of Christ or the apostles. The nature of these
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Acts, Apocryphal
Acts, ApocryphalWorks describing the deeds of various apostles, partly inspired by but often in some tension with the book of Acts that became canonical. Composition of these works continued until the 6th century c.e. Extracts from them have remained in liturgical use. These acts, together with writings
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Apocryphal Acts
APOCRYPHAL ACTS AND EPISTLESThe group of NT apocrypha is not a fixed corpus, but the books included in it differ among scholars (see Apocryphal Gospels; for the apocalyptic and prophetic texts, see DLNTD, Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphical Writings). The texts are now readily accessible in modern editions
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
Acts of the Apostles, Apocryphal
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, APOCRYPHAL.—Under the name of Acts or Deeds (πράξεις, Acta, Actus), Circuits or Journeys (περίοδοι), and Martyrdom or Consummation (μαρτύριον, τελείωσις), of the various Apostles was comprised in the times of Christian antiquity a widely spread and manifold literature, of which