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

Secondary Acts of Peter 1

Various late Acts and Passions of Peter were widely diffused:

1. Martyrium Beati Petri Apostoli

Attributed to Linus, Peter's successor as bishop of Rome. It is written in Latin and follows the course of the original Martyrdom with some additions (e.g. the names of Peter's gaolers). It dates from about fourth—sixth century. 2 The Acts of Nereus and Achilleus, ed. H. Achelis (Leipzig, 1893) (= TU 11.2), contains portions taken from the Acts of Peter and includes details known elsewhere only in the Coptic fragments. The author seems to have used Ps.‐Linus' Passion of Peter and Passion of Paul. The book tells the story of Petronilla, Peter's daughter. Cf. Lipsius, ii.1, 200–6.

Editions

  • Lipsius—Bonnet, i. 1–22.

  • A. H. Salonius, Martyrium beati Petri apostoli a Lino episcopo Conscriptum (Helsinki, 1926) (= Finska vetenskaps—societeten Commentationes Humanorum Litterarum 1.6).

  • Fabricius, ii. 775 f.

  • Lipsius, ii. 85–96 (summary of contents). [His evaluation of Ps.‐Linus as the original form of the Acts of Peter is now no longer accepted. Most scholars would now agree that Ps.‐Linus', and Ps.‐Marcellus' (below), versions are derived from, and are an elaboration of, an earlier Acts of Peter that approximates to, but is not necessarily identical with, that found in Codex Vercellensis 158.]

Modern Translations

English

  • Hennecke5, ii. 436–7 (introduction).

French

  • Migne, Dictionnaire, ii, cols. 459–70.

German

  • Hennecke5, ii. 392 (introduction).

Italian

  • Erbetta, ii. 169–77.

  • Moraldi, ii. 1021–8.

2(a) Passio Sanctorum Apostolorum Petri et Pauli

This text is attributed to Pseudo‐Marcellus and survives in Latin and Greek, the Latin being the better known. Much of the account is devoted to the magical skills of Simon. Pilate's Letter to Claudius (see above, under The Gospel of Nicodemus) is incorporated in this text at § 19. It is edited by Lipsius–Bonnet, i. 118–77.

2 (b). Acta Petri et Pauli

This Greek text (edited by Lipsius–Bonnet, i. 178–222) is based on 2(a), but in chs. 1–21, dating from the ninth century, a description of Paul's journey from Malta to Rome has been added. The date of the origin of the later chapters or of the form in 2(a) is not certain—perhaps these come from the fifth century.

Editions

  • J. C. Thilo, Acta Petri et Pauli (Leipzig, 1837–8).

  • Fabricius, ii. 778–80.

  • Lipsius, ii.1, 284–366.

Modern Translations

English

  • Walker, 256–76.

  • Hennecke5, ii. 440–2 (introduction).

French

  • Migne, Dictionnaire, ii. cols. 714–32.

  • See Vouaux, 160–78.

German

  • Hennecke5, ii. 395–8 (introduction).

Italian

  • Erbetta, ii. 178–92.

  • Moraldi, ii. 1041–59.

Irish

  • See M. McNamara, The Apocrypha in the Irish Church (Dublin, 1975), 99–101.

Notes:

1 Not translated.

2 The Acts of Nereus and Achilleus, ed. H. Achelis (Leipzig, 1893) (= TU 11.2), contains portions taken from the Acts of Peter and includes details known elsewhere only in the Coptic fragments. The author seems to have used Ps.‐Linus' Passion of Peter and Passion of Paul. The book tells the story of Petronilla, Peter's daughter. Cf. Lipsius, ii.1, 200–6.

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