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The Apocryphal New Testament Easy to use collection of English translations of the New Testament Apocrypha.

Other Apocryphal Acts

J. K. Elliott

The minor Acts, especially those known from the oriental tradition, show the development from rather dim historical reminiscences used as a framework for doctrinal teaching to thaumaturgy plus doctrine and then to pure thaumaturgy. In these Acts the teaching is conventional, and becomes increasingly perfunctory, while the miracles become increasingly sensational, with an obvious borrowing from pagan romances as is evidenced in the Clementine literature (q.v.) and in the Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena (below, 5).

From a theological point of view these texts are of little significance, but as depositories of legend and art they have considerable interest.

The texts included below are:

  • 1. The Acts of Philip (translation or summaries of extracts)

  • 2. The Passion of Bartholomew (summary of extract)

  • 3. The Passion of Matthew (summary of extracts)

  • 4. The Acts of Barnabas (introduction)

  • 5. The Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena (introduction)

  • 6. Pseudo‐Abdias (summaries of extracts)

  • 7. Oriental Acts (introduction)

  • 8. The Epistle of Pseudo‐Titus (introduction)

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