The Acts of Paul: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary

By Richard I. Pervo

An erudite commentary on the Acts of Paul, one of the most important of the Apocryphal Acts, including an improved translation of the text.

ISBN: 9780227174616


Richard I. Pervo provides the most complete translation of the pseudoepigraphic Acts of Paul in English, together with a detailed commentary. The research perspective of this work is primarily literary, with detailed attention to the history of composition and revision. The author encourages a fresh look at this section of the “Apocryphal Acts” through the lens of the Pauline legacy and in the context of ancient popular narrative.

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Dimensions 229 × 153 mm
Pages 392

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About the Author

Richard I. Pervo is a retired Professor of New Testament and Patristics. His recent books include Acts: A Commentary (2009) and The Making of Paul: Constructions of the Apostle in Early Christianity (2010).



The Acts of Paul: A Translation


Translation, Commentary, and Notes
     Chapter 1
     Chapter 2
     Chapter 3
     Chapter 4
     Chapter 5
     Chapter 6
     Chapter 7
     Chapter 8
     Chapter 9
     Chapter 10
     Chapter 11
     Chapter 12
     Chapter 13
     Chapter 14

     Fragments of Uncertain Location
     The Continuation of Thecla’s Story
     The Acts of Titus

General Bibliography
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors


Endorsements and Reviews

With characteristic energy and erudition, Richard Pervo reintroduces the Acts of Paul to the specialist and the non-specialist. The translation is exhilarating, at times even racy. The introduction, notes, and commentary are rich and disciplined. The volume will serve as the new point of departure for students of this important but neglected apocryphal book – likely in origin the First of the ‘major’ apocryphal acts and thus standing at the threshold between Christian canon and Christian apocrypha.
Julian Hills, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Kudos to Richard Pervo for the first English translation of the entire extant Acts of Paul. This text will be indispensable for situating the Acts in its literary, historical, and theological context. Pervo opens with a comprehensive introduction and then proceeds with a translation, commentary, bibliography, and notes for each section. Pervo provides the most complete commentary on the text in any language, a tour de force by this distinguished canonical Acts and Apocrypha scholar.
Judith Perkins, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut

… the present-day reader is in Richard Pervo’s debt for his scholarly work on the text, its translation and his detailed commentary.
Geoffrey Turner, in Heythrop Journal, Vol 57, Issue 4