Description: A great deal has happened in recent decades in the study of the Apocryphal Acts, and the field of apocryphal literature is incredibly broad. A reader looking for a current, general, and concise introduction to the subject will welcome this book. Klauck not only offers an excellent introduction to the topic of the Apocryphal Acts, but also a useful resource for understanding the complex relations between these works themselves and to the canonical books. The book discusses both the main apocryphal Acts, such as the Acts of John, Paul, and Peter, and the more recent works, including the Acts of Philip, Bartholomew, and Matthew. For each chapter Klauck offers a explanation of the background and the structure for each of the works presented, and a detailed analysis of the content, and a bibliography all while incorporating the results of the most current international research.
Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, New Testament Apocrypha, Acts, Literature
Review by Paul Dilley
Citation: Paul Dilley, review of Hans-Josef Klauck, The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: An Introduction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
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