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The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles
An Introduction

By Hans-Josef Klauck

The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles
Paperback, 310 pages $39.95
Published: 1st September 2008
ISBN: 9781602581593
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, Extracanonical Literature

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.

Translator’s Note


List of Abbreviations



1 The Acts of John

2 The Acts of Paul

3 The Acts of Peter

4 The Acts of Andrew

5 The Acts of Thomas

6 The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles

7 The Pseudo-Clementines

8 Later Acts of Apostles

A Look Back and a Look Ahead

Appendix: Back Matter from the German Edition

Index of Selected Texts

Index of Subjects and Names

Index of Authors

"Klauck provides an indispensable companion that opens up a color world, without blurring the differences between fact and fiction."

—Hans Dieter Betz, Shailer Mathews Professor Emeritus of New Testament, University of Chicago

"This is an extremely interesting, user-friendly and helpful treatment of an often neglected branch of early Christian literature. Klauck has written a book that will be of great use in university classes examing non-canonical texts, but is readily accessible for general readers."

—Paul Foster, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, in Expository Times 120, 12 (2009)

"This is exactly the book we need at a time when exaggerated and unfounded claims are often made about these works."

Daniel J. Harrington, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

"A much-needed resource that will become the standard reference work for Acts research. Not only will scholars value Klauck’s command of both the primary and secondary source material, but his clear prose will also appeal to undergraduates embarking on their own journeys into the world of early Christian apocrypha."

—David M. Reis, Bridgewater College, Religious Studies Review 36, 3 (2010)

"This welcome addition to the secondary literature on these writings is all the more significant coming as it does from a perceptive and active researcher in the field."

Novum Testamentum

"Finally, a current English introduction to the Apocryphal Acts. This is one of the best books on the subject since Lipsius' publication of the Apocryphal Acts in the late 1800s. Klauck relies on his vast knowledge of the Christian apocrypha to make accessible a body of early Christian literature often overlooked--the literature devoted to the apostles and their missions. His coverage is thorough and up-to-date, emphasizing provenance, narrative content, and religious context."

—April DeConick, Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies, Rice University

Hans-Josef Klauck was born in 1946. He was professor in Bonn (1981–1982), in Würzburg (1982–1997), and in Munich (1997–2001). In July 2001, he became Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and in 2006 he was inaugurated as Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor at the same institution. From 1999 to 2005, he was also Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and lectured there several times.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 310 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL006630, REL006710, REL108030
 Baylor University Press

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