New Testament Apocrypha: Volume II: Writing Related to the Apostles, Apocalypse and Related Subjects

By Wilhelm Schneemelcher and R. Mcl. Wilson

Volume II of the authoritative edition of non-canonical New Testament writings, covering the non-Gospel writings including those on the Apostles and Apocalypse.

ISBN: 9780227679173


In recent years there has been so much research into extra-canonical gospel literature and, in particular, into the Coptic Gnostic library of Nag Hammadi that a completely new recasting of the seminal work, Neutestamentliche Apokryphen in Deutscher Ubersetzung (originally founded by Edgar Hennecke), seemed called for.

This is the English translation of the revised edition of that work, published in two volumes. This is an essential collection of sources for every student of the New Testament and of the history and literature of ancient Christianity.

Volume II covers writings related to the Apostles, the Apocalypse and related subjects.

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About the Author

Wilhelm Schneemelcher is a former Professor of Bonn University.

R. McL. Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Criticism at St Mary’s College in the University of St Andrew’s.

Other Contributors:
Wolfgang A. Bienert
Aurelio de Santos Otero
Hugo Duensing
Johannes Irmscher
Rodolphe Kasser
Jean-Marc Prieur
Cornelia Römer
Knut Schäferdiek
Georg Strecker
Ursula Treu
Philipp Vielhauer
Andreas Werner



B. Writings Relating to the Apostles
Introduction / Wilhelm Schneemelcher

XIII. The Picture of the Apostle in early Christian Tradition / Wolfgang A. Bienert
     1. The concept of the Apostle in primitive Christianity
     2. The Apostles as bearers of the tradition and mediators of revelation
     3. ‘Apostolic’ as a norm for orthodoxy
XIV. Apostolic Pseudepigrapha
     Introduction / Wilhelm Schneemelcher
     1. The Kerygma Petri / Wilhelm Schneemelcher
     2. The Epistle to the Laodicians / Wilhelm Schneemelcher
     3. The Correspondence Between Seneca and Paul / Cornelia Römer
     4. The Pseudo-Titus Epistle / Aurelio de Santos Otero
XV. Second and Third-Century Acts of Apostles
     Introduction / Wilhelm Schneemelcher and Knut Schäferdiek
     1. The Acts of Andrew / Jean-Marc Prieur and Wilhelm Schneemelcher
     2. The Acts of John / Knut Schäferdiek
     Appendix / Ruairi ó hUiginn
     3. The Acts of Paul / Wilhelm Schneemelcher and Rodolphe Kasser
     4. The Acts of Peter / Wilhelm Schneemelcher
     5. The Acts of Thomas / Han J.W. Drijvers
XVI. The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles / Hans-Martin Schenke
XVII. Later Acts of Apostles / Aurelio de Santos Otero
XVIII. The Pseudo-Clementines / Johannes Irmscher and Georg Strecker
     1. Introductory Writings
     2. The Clement Romance
     3. Kerygma Petrou

C. Apocalypses and Related Subjects
Introduction / Philipp Vielhauer and Georg Strecker

XIX. Apocalyptic in Early Christianity
     Introduction / Philipp Vielhauer and Georg Strecker
     1. The Ascension of Isaiah / C. Detlef G. Müller
     2. Apocalypse of Peter / C. Detlef G. Müller
XX. Apocalyptic Prophecy in the Early Church
     Introduction / Wilhelm Schneemelcher
     1. The Fifth and Sixth Books of Ezra / Hugo Duensing and Aurelio de Santos Otero
     2. Christian Sibyllines / Ursula Treu
     3. The Book of Elchasai / Johannes Irmscher
XXI. Later Apocalypses
     Introduction / Wilhelm Schneemelcher
     1. The Coptic Gnostic Apocalypse of Paul / Wolf-Peter Funk
     2. The Coptic Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter / Andreas Werner
     3. Apocalypse of Paul / Hugo Duensing and Aurelio de Santos Otero
     4. Apocalypse of Thomas / Aurelio de Santos Otero

Index of Biblical Passages
Index of Names and Subjects

Endorsements and Reviews

The improvements over the previous editions are evident. The general introduction to the volume has been thoroughly revised. Here and in the revised introductions to the individual writings and updated bibliographies, the reader will find lucid accounts of the results and questions of the intensive and exciting scholarly debate of the last two decades. Moreover, the volume has been reliably and brilliantly translated by Professor R. McL. Wilson, the most eminent and distinguished scholar in the research on apocryphal and gnostic materials.
Professor Helmut Koester, Harvard University