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The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles

The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles

Harvard Divinity School Studies

Edited by François Bovon, Ann Graham Brock, and Christopher R. Matthews

ISBN 9780945454182

Publication date: 03/01/1999

This collection provides a rich, multilayered analysis of a long-neglected branch of early Christian apocryphal literature that examines the relationship between tradition and redaction, uses of language, and the fluid border between literary criticism and motif analysis. The introduction takes the reader on the journey of editing, translating, and interpreting apocryphal and hagiographic narratives on the apostles and the first Christians. The volume concludes with the critical edition of two previously unpublished Greek texts: a version of the Martyrdom of Ananias and a memoir on John the Evangelist.


  • The fact that the chief editor and main contributor [of this book] is one of the world masters in the study of what he prefers to call 'early Christian apocryphal literature' adds to [its] authority...this book can be warmly recommended as a valuable guide to a little known and little worked area of early Christian history, literature and doctrine.

    —Lionel North, Theological Book Review


  • François Bovon is Frothingham Professor of the History of Religion, Harvard Divinity School.
  • Ann Graham Brock has taught at several universities and seminaries and published extensively on the topic of the New Testament and early Christian origins. She has also appeared in documentaries on the History Channel and the BBC.

Book Details

  • Center for the Study of World Religions