The Acts of Peter
Stoops, Robert F.
Salem, OR: Polebridge, 2012 pp. viii + 114. $18.00
Early Christian Apocrypha, 4
Description: Five major apocryphal Acts survive from the early period of the Christian church, the so-called Acts of Andrew, Paul, Peter, John, and Thomas. The Acts of Peter deals primarily with the conflict between the apostle Peter and Simon Magus, and the apostleís martyrdom. It employs traditional stories and the literary conventions of its day in a free manner to assure believers that they have ample reason to remain loyal to Christ, or return to faith if they have faltered. This study edition of The Acts of Peter presents a fresh, new translation of the text with cross-references, notes, and commentary. An extensive introduction also sets out the challenges of reconstructing the original text.
Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, New Testament Apocrypha, Acts, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Greek, Latin, Other Acts
Review by Jason Sturdevant
Citation: Jason Sturdevant, review of Robert F. Stoops, The Acts of Peter, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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