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Gospel of the Twelve Apostles
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A noncanonical text that is not extant in any manuscripts. Mentioned by church father Origen when he contrasts the church’s four Gospels with the “many” used by the heretics (in Homily on Luke 1.2). The Gospel of the Twelve Apostles was never widely authoritative in the early church period.Church father Jerome mentions a “Gospel according to the Apostles” that he seems to associate with a “Gospel according to the Hebrews” (which may be a reference to Gospel of the Hebrews) and a “Gospel according to Matthew” (Against the Pelagians 3.2). The relationship between these works is not clear.(For information on the process of canonization, see this article: Canon, New Testament.)
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Gospel of the Twelve Apostles
Gospel of the Twelve Apostles A noncanonical text that is not extant in any manuscripts. Mentioned by church father Origen when he contrasts the church’s four Gospels with the “many” used by the heretics (in Homily on Luke 1.2). The Gospel of the Twelve Apostles was never widely authoritative in the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Twelve Apostles, Gospel of the (Writing)
Twelve Apostles, Gospel of the A heretical Gospel referred to by Origen as “the Gospel of the Twelve” (In Luc. Hom. i.1) and by Jerome as “the Gospel according to the Apostles” (AdvPelag iii.2) and “the Gospel according to the Twelve Apostles” (comm in Mt.). Jerome identified it with the Gospel of the
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Apostles
Apostles, Doctrine of the Twelve (a work of the apostolic times).—The author of the Doctrine of the Twelve Apostles, a work well known to ancient authors, holds place among the Christian writers of the Apostolic age. Express mention is made of this work both by Greek and Latin authors, such as Eusebius,
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Apostles, Gospel of the Twelve (Writing)
Apostles, Gospel of the Twelve. A work first mentioned by Origen (In Luc. hom. 1) immediately after the Gospel of the Egyptians and before those of Basilides, Thomas, and Matthias. Commenting on Lk. 1:1, Origen remarks that the church has four Gospels only, while the heretics have several. This statement,